Oct 28, 2021
In this wide ranging
conversation with spirits expert and cocktail author Kurt Maitland,
some of the topics we discuss include:
- Some notes from the early days of Kurt’s
spirits adventures, including a Jameson drinking college friend
from Hong Kong, a bar with a Dutch name in Brooklyn, and a
conference room at an architectural firm.
- How Kurt came to co-found the Manhattan Whiskey
Club, and some crucial tips for starting a spirits appreciation
group in the post-COVID world.
- Then we dive into Kurt’s books, which are both
intense and wonderful in their own ways. We cover how he leveraged
his super powers as a paralegal to assemble the over 1,100 cocktail
recipes in his first book, Drink, and why he was bitten by the infusion bug,
which inspired The
Infused Cocktail Handbook.
- We also take time in this interview to discuss
the current state of the bar scenes in both New York and
Washington, DC and where we think things are headed as we continue
to slog through what I refer to as the “long tail of
- Along the way, we explain why people only ever
follow a cocktail recipe to the letter once, the problem with the
term “terroir,” what to drink with former president Lyndon B.
Johnson, and much, much more.
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