This week on the show we talk with Micah LeMon. He is the bar manager at the James Beard Award nominated Alley Light in Charlottesville, VA. He is also the author of The Imbible.
Bartender Journey Podcast No. 249. Listen with the audio player above, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Android or Stitcher Radio.
Go to shakerandspoon.com and use the coupon code “Bartender” for $20 off and to show your support for this show. Hazel hosted a cocktail party with some non-bartender friends recently using the Irish Whiskey box. There are videos of it up on the Bartender Journey Facebook page. You will have to scroll back in the feed a bit to find them.
Next week on the show we are going to talk to Natalie from Beautiful Booze. She is an amazing photographer and has a great blog and IG. We had her on the show a couple years ago and talked about taking great photos of your drinks, but I want to have her back on because she’s done something really interesting…she gave up her apartment and just travels around the world full time now! Amazing. She blogs and documents her experiences going to distilleries, wineries, amazing hotels, restaurants and bars all over the world!
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Toast of the Week:
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been…
And the foresight to know where you are going.
This week, we talk to Michael Del Rosso, Owner/Creative Director of Union Square Advertising which does web and print advertising and marketing (including social media) strictly for the hospitality industry.
A few tidbits include
It's the Bartender Journey Podcast No. 248! Listen with the audio player above, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Android or Stitcher Radio.
CocktailS of the Week (NOT ONE BUT TWO!)
We have TWO original cocktails for you this time, which were so generously given to us by fellow United States Bartenders' Guild (USBGNY) Chapter members.
Hazel posted on our private USBGNY FB page asking if anyone in our chapter would be willing to share a cocktail with a social media theme or related to the show Black Mirror (think social media gone haywire in the not too distant future).
Brian's note: "Great show BTW. I started watching this week. It's a Netflix show,"
Cocktail #1 - San Junipero by Benjamin Zorn of the newly opened Monk McGinn's
in downtown Manhattan.
â"This is inspired by my favorite Black Mirror episode. San Junipero. A queered and classy riff on the Sex on the Beach". -
Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
Awesome cocktail Benjamin! Thank you so much for sharing it!
About Monk McGinn's Cocktail Bar & Kitchen
Brand new and staffed by a bunch of our friends such as Trish Rosienne ~ Jason Rodriguez ~ Mimi Burnham, ~ Philip Childers,~ Benjamin Zorn ~ Chelan Finney ~ Megan Fraser
We'll try to get Trish on an upcoming episode to share the story with you!
Bon AppÃ©tit's take on Clarified Milk Punch here.
Today on the show we talk Ilias Mastrogiannis, owner and distiller of Mastogiannis Distillery that makes Ouzo, Grappa and Honey Grappa in Washington State.
It's the Bartender Journey Podcast No. 247! Listen with the audio player above, or subscribe onApple Podcasts, Android or Stitcher Radio.
From our Interview
Beyond the Bar
Sponsored by Woodford Reserve and hosted by our friend, Walter Easterbrook*
Featured Speakers included
Tom Summers, Financial Life Coach
Natalie Freihon, and
Lynnette Marrero, co-founder of Speed Rack
The series will continue as small sessions of about a dozen bartenders will get to interact with experts in Finance, Branding, PR, Wellness and more.
If you are in the NYC area and want to know more, please send us an email.
*Walter's company is the Bowery Collective that hosts different events such as Whiskey Washback and Arte Agave. Visit our Events Page to keep up to date on these and upcoming events!
Cocktail of the Week
1½ oz. reposado tequila
½ oz. crème de cassis
½ oz. fresh lime juice
2–3 oz. ginger beer
Toast of the Week
Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Weep and the world laughs at you.
The next box is the Rum Wild box. Order by March 31 and use the code “BARTENDER” to SAVE $20!
Thank you for you for listening to the Podcast and reading our Blog!
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Please visit our Patreon page and consider supporting Bartender Journey with a small monthly pledge.
The point of all this is to show how one small change to a cocktail can make a big difference. I think it also points out just how important every single ingredient is to the final drink.
Toast of the Week
Don’t walk in front of me,
I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me
I may not lead.
Walk beside me
And just be my friend.
Let’s talk Irish Whiskey! The first thing to know about Irish Whiskey is that it is spelled with the “e”, as is generally done for American whiskeys.
Pro-tip for spelling
Teeling Irish Whiskey - Interview with Stephen Teeling
Hazel chats with Stephen Teeling about the growing category of Irish whiskey, how it helps to introduce whiskey to first timers and how Teeling challenges your ideas of Irish whiskey after an industry event at Blacktail in NYC
Fun Teeling Whiskey Facts:
Our Sponsor this week is Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club. March's box was “Kiss Me I’m Whiskey!” for St. Patrick’s day. Hazel hosted a cocktail party with that box with some non-bartender friends (!) and also as a Facebook Live event.
Check out the videos on the Bartender Journey FB page.
Use coupon code “BARTENDER” at Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club for $20 off!
Hazel is doing a FB live cocktail party using the Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club’s “Kiss Me, I’m Whiskey” box. So I hope you’ll tune in for the fun and check out the live event on our FB page. It’s Sunday March 11, 2018 at 5pm Eastern, please join in and make yourself a drink and help support the show! The bigger the numbers, the better when we go pitch this to potential sponsors! More details on our Facebook page.
(If you haven't already listen to our Episode No. 241 where we speak with Gary Solomon and Neal Bodenheimer.)
l want to thank some great people that chose to help support this podcast. As I mentioned on the previous episode, my family suffered a devastating loss recently. Things are pretty complicated right now…I have a special needs son, and all of a sudden there is one less parent to take care of him, so I wont be returning to my Bartending gig for awhile.
I kicked off a Patreon campaign to help support this show.
I want to thank Zeke from Chicago, Ryan, PM - Pooch. Also, our friend David Eden-Sangwell from the Bartender HQ podcast, Dylan, Hazel and the Gnarly Gnome from the Cincy Brewcast, a podcast about the Cincinnati craft beer scene. And I also want to thank Dean and Leonardo for helping out.
If you’d like to support this podcast, go to bartenderjourney.net/patreon, where you can hear the previous episode, with more details and find a link to the Patreon campaign.
Tales on Tour will be in Edinburgh Scotland April 7-10, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.
Cocktail of the Week: Upside Down Martini
St-Germain brand ambassador Marlo Gamora turned me on to this drink. Its an upside down martini with a splash of St-Germain.
This week's episode is brought to you by Shaker and Spoon.
Visit their site shakerandspoon.com and use our discount code 'BARTENDER' for $20 off. Sign up by March 2nd to receive their new Kiss Me, I'm Whiskey box.
You may have noticed that there hasn't been a podcast episode for a few weeks or blog posts. Life happens and instead of posting about it here, I decided to have some real talk with you, my listeners, on the podcast episode.
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Join us next week as we resume our regular schedule featuring an interview with Industry Expert, Philip Duff.
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Speaking of concert, this Tri-State event featured DJ Cherish the Luv, herself a Cancer survivor, rocking the tunes as guests enjoyed cocktails and product samples on tables throughout the venue.
Format: In each city, 8 ladies are chosen to compete in the semi-final. Round robin, the ladies go on stage two at a time in 4 heats. There are 4 that move on, and again they compete 2 at a time until there are
2 left for the final.
The competitors are given a list of drinks "to know" ahead of time. 4 judges then call out what drink they would like to have with any additional requests. So it can be by drink name or "a low ABV drink using [insert name of spirit and brand]".
The Tri-State Judges were
The judges and two bars were set up on stage and the four drinks (along with the sponsoring brands) requested were featured on jumbo screens.
Judging factors include taste, timing, technique, presentation, etc.
Our friend Becca Pesce, bartender at Dead Rabbit, Angel's Envy Whiskey Guardian, USBGNY member and one of Hazel's "Whiskey Sisters" went up against Samantha Casuga, also of Dead Rabbit and won. However, she dropped against Haley Traub of Dutch Kills.
Final Round: Celeste “Lucky” Dittanmo of Whistle & Tins competed against Haley Traub who ultimately won and will head to the Finals Chicago.
ENTER as a competitor, VOLUNTEER to help out or ATTEND with your friends by clicking on the links below
Important Speed Rack Upcoming Dates
Cocktail of the Week
For Dry January, our friend, Mimi Burnham, Guest on Bartender Journey No. 161 made a delicious nonalcoholic punch with Perfect Puree ingredients. Perfect Puree makes great pureed products, mostly fruit, which are awesome in cocktails.
If you'd like frozen samples sent to you, click "Samples Please!" .
"January Punch" by Mimi Burnham
(Makes ~3.5 Liters of Punch)
Combine lemon juice and sorghum syrup and shake well to thoroughly blend.
Add all ingredients, except for the Ginger beer & seltzer, to a punch bowl and stir to blend.
Add seltzer and ginger beer, and gently stir as to keep some bubbles.
Add ice to chill the punch;
Make an ice ring with rosemary, lemon wheels and fresh cranberries. The aromatics from the ice ring further enhance the punch.
Toast of the Week:
Here’s to God’s first thought, “Man”!
Here’s to God’s second thought, “Woman”!
Second thoughts are always best,
So here’s to Woman!