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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Jan 6, 2022

Eric weighs in on the use of the word "mixologist" to describe someone who makes cocktails either professionally or as a hobby.

He does this by first taking a good, hard look at this word, “Mixologist,” both in terms of its historical usage and its various meanings and connotations. Then, he sizes it up compared to...

Apr 15, 2021

Eric walks through his method for cutting back on drinking using a simple tool he calls a "daily accountability journal." This method stands in stark contrast to "booze cleanse" months like "Sober October" and "Dry January."

Along the way, he discusses the difference between "dry" and "wet" societies, why we tend to set...

Oct 15, 2020

In this audio essay, Modern Bar Cart CEO Eric Kozlik walks you through the recent outrage in the spirits industry regarding sexist language in whisky expert Jim Murray's spirit reviews.

This is a serious problem for people in all segments of the spirits and cocktail world - from producers to consumers - and...

Mar 26, 2020

We discuss the effects that COVID-19 Coronavirus has had on the spirits and cocktail industry and then examine the history of spirits during times of plague in bygone eras. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • How to make a Penicillin cocktail
  • The legend of Four Thieves Vinegar
  • Aqua Mirabilis (Miracle Water) and...

Sep 12, 2019

In this episode, we do a close reading of David Wondrich's extremely influential new article, "Plato & Aristotle Walk into a Bar - A Meditation on the Daiquiri."

Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Platonic and Aristotelian ideals of matter, logic, and metaphysics
  • How to make a proper Caipirinha
  • The strengths and...