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  • 143. Techniques: Mixing Wine in Cocktails

    01:06:50
    Ahead of hosting a monthly After Hours party at the VinePair HQ, Will Patton and Devin Kennedy of D.C.’s Press Club stop by the studio to give us a master class on mixing wine in cocktails. Will Patton’s “Obstacle 1” Recipe  Ingredients 1 ounce Green Chartreuse 1 ounce Kabinett Riesling ½ ounce fresh lime juice ¼ ounce simple syrup Garnish: tarragon sprigDirections Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.After a quick whip shake, strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice.Garnish with tarragon sprig.Devin Kennedy’s “Untitled” Recipe Ingredients2 ounces California rosé1 ounce Matchbook Distilling Day Trip Strawberry Amaro¼ ounce Antica Primo½ ounce fresh lemon juice¼ ounce simple syrupClub sodaDirections Build all ingredients in a highball glass, starting with the club soda.Fill with Kold Draft ice.📧Get in touch: cocktailcollege@vinepair.com  🍸Follow us:VinePair: https://www.instagram.com/vinepair/Press Club: https://www.instagram.com/pressclubcocktailbar/Devin: https://www.instagram.com/tiki.dev/Will: https://www.instagram.com/ramseydanger/Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timmckirdy/ 

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  • 142. The Queen's Park Swizzle

    57:19
    Julie Reiner, partner of New York’s Clover Club, Leyenda, and Milady’s, makes a reappearance on Cocktail College to explore one of her all-time favorite drinks, the Queen's Park Swizzle. In this discussion on the "grown-up Mojito," we dive deep into a broad range of topics ranging from swizzling as a technique to the modern state of mixology. Listen on, or read below, to learn Julie's Queen's Park Swizzle recipe — and don't forget to like, review, and subscribe! Julie Reiner's Queen's Park Swizzle Recipe Ingredients 10 mint leaves ½ ounce Demerara syrup (2:1) ¾ ounce lime juice 2 ounces aged rum 4 dashes Angostura bitters Garnish: mint bouquet Directions Add mint to a chilled Hurricane glass and top with liquid ingredients. Swizzle with a swizzle stick while slowly adding pellet ice to chill and dilute, keeping mint at bottom of glass. Once fully chilled, top with more pellet ice. Garnish with mint bouquet. 📧Get in touch: cocktailcollege@vinepair.com  🍸Follow us: VinePair: https://www.instagram.com/vinepair/ Julie: https://www.instagram.com/mixtressnyc/ Clover Club: https://www.instagram.com/cloverclubny/ Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timmckirdy 
  • 141. The Improved Whiskey Cocktail

    01:03:51
    How do you improve upon the very formula that brought us the Old Fashioned? Subjectively speaking, many may argue that it's impossible. But from a technical — or technical cocktail terminology — perspective, there is an historic answer. Tristan Brunel, bar director at New York's Tusk Bar, joins us today to explore the Improved Whiskey Cocktail and convince us of the merits of adding maraschino and absinthe to this tried-and-tested classic. Listen on, or read below, to learn Tristan's Improved Whiskey Cocktail recipe — and don't forget to like, review, and subscribe! Tristan Brunel's Improved Whiskey Cocktail Recipe Ingredients 1 barspoon gum syrup 1 (small) barspoon Luxardo Maraschino liqueur 3-4 dashes absinthe 3 small dashes Angostura bitters 2 ¼ ounces rye whiskey, such as Rittenhouse Directions Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass over ice. Express a lemon twist and drop it into the drink. 📧Get in touch: cocktailcollege@vinepair.com   🍸Follow us: VinePair: https://www.instagram.com/vinepair/ Tusk Bar: https://www.instagram.com/thetuskbar/ Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timmckirdy 
  • 140. The Stinger

    56:56
    Laura Maddox, bar manager-owner at Austin's Small Victory, joins us today to dissect the Stinger. Dubbed "the king of after-dinner cocktails," Laura teaches us how to master this two-ingredient mix of Cognac and creme de menthe. Listen on, or read below, to learn Laura's Stinger recipe — and don't forget to like, review, and subscribe! Laura Maddox's Stinger Recipe Ingredients 1 ounce creme de menthe, such as Tempus Fugit or Giffard 2 ounces Cognac, such as Frapin, Dudognon, or Brandy Sainte Louise Directions Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with Clinebell ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. 📧Get in touch: cocktailcollege@vinepair.com   🍸Follow us: VinePair: https://www.instagram.com/vinepair/ Small Victory Bar: https://www.instagram.com/smallvictorybar/ Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timmckirdy 
  • 139. The Brooklyn

    45:40
    Jason Hedges, beverage director at Laurent Tourondel Hospitality, author of “The Seasonal Cocktail,” and founding partner at the beverage consulting firm, Bar IQ, joins us today for our third New-York-bourough-inspired cocktail, The Brooklyn. Listen on to discover Jason's take on (and recipe for) this "improved" Manhattan riff— and don't forget to like, review, and subscribe!Jason Hedges' Brooklyn Recipe Ingredients 2 ounces rye, such as Michter's ¾ ounce dry vermouth, such as Dolin ¼ ounce Maraschino Liqueur ¼ ounce Bigallet China-ChinaGarnish: preserved cherry/orange twist Directions Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.Stire until chilled.Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora (or Coupe) glass. Garnish and serve. 📧Get in touch: cocktailcollege@vinepair.com  🍸Follow us: VinePair: https://www.instagram.com/vinepair/ Jason: https://www.instagram.com/jason.hedges/ Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timmckirdy 
  • 138. The Banana Daiquiri

    58:15
    Vanessa Leon, National Educator for Diageo, visits Cocktail College today to talk about a drink that's near and dear to her heart: The Banana Daiquiri. Think of this as an evolution of our recent exploration of El Floridita Daiquiri — but we're ditching the blender and frozen serve and bringing both high-quality Guatemalan Rum and banana liqueur into the equation, and serving it up. Listen on (or read below) to discover Vanessa's Banana Daiquiri recipe — and don't forget to like, review, and subscribe! Vanessa Leon's Banana Daiquiri Recipe Ingredients ¼ ounce Demerara syrup (2:1) ½ ounce Banane du Brésil banana liqueur 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ½ ounces Zacapa 23 Rum Directions Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. 📧Get in touch: cocktailcollege@vinepair.com  🍸Follow us: VinePair: https://www.instagram.com/vinepair/ Vanessa: https://www.instagram.com/missvdleon/ Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timmckirdy 
  • 137. The Cosmopolitan (re-run)

    58:48
    We're taking a trip in the Cocktail College time machine as we revisit our 2022 conversation with Toby Cecchini, co-owner of Long Island Bar and The Rockwell Place, and inventor of The Cosmopolitan. Listen on (or read below) to discover Toby's original Cosmo recipe — and don't forget to like, review, and subscribe! Toby Cecchini’s Cosmopolitan Recipe  Ingredients 1 ½ ounces Absolut Citron ¾ ounce Cointreau ¾ ounce fresh lime juice ¾ ounce Ocean Spray Cranberry Garnish: lemon twist Directions Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist. 📧Get in touch: cocktailcollege@vinepair.com   🍸Follow us: VinePair: https://www.instagram.com/vinepair/Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timmckirdy