Want to take your bartending skills to the next level? Join VinePair managing editor Tim McKirdy for a weekly deep-dive into classic cocktails with America’s best bartenders. Cocktail College looks beyond the recipe and explores every aspect of mixology from ingredients and ice to shaking techniques, garnishes, and glassware — elevating your Martinis, Mai Tais, and everything in between.
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1:00:16On the face of it, the Garibaldi is a simple two-ingredient cocktail composed of Campari and fresh orange juice. But as will all of the drinks we cover on Cocktail College, there’s so much more to it than that. This delicious highball represents the unity of Italy as one nation, and its citrus component offers much room for experimentation. Joining us for today’s episode is is Luca Missaglia, the co-founder of bartender training platform The Art of Shaking, and managing director partner of the rhubarb-based Amaro Santoni. Read on to learn Missaglia’s Garibaldi recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! **Enter the Mount Gay ‘A Taste of Home’ Cocktail Competition here** Luca Missaglia’s ‘Three Citrus’ Garibaldi Recipe Ingredients - 2 ½ ounces fresh pink grapefruit juice - 2 ounces fresh blood orange juice - 1 ½ ounces Campari (or an alternative, such as Amaro Santoni)- Garnish: fresh bergamot twist Directions 1. Add fresh juices to a chilled highball glass. 2. Add Campari and top with ice. 3. Garnish with citrus twist and a stirrer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Cuba Libre
1:12:28Rum and Coke, Cuba Libre, Mentirita — there are many names to describe one of the world’s most famous highballs, which shows that this drink means different things to different people. For today's guest, Kelvin Uffre, the combination of rum, lime, and coke holds immense power — the ability to transport him back to his youth. Kelvin is an award-winning bartender and works as the New York rep for Tequila Fortaleza. Listen on to discover three of his Cuba Libre recipes — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Techniques: Bar Theater and Technique-Driven Cocktails
43:19On today's, admittedly ambiguously titled episode, we're exploring the philosophy of different styles of bartending. More specifically, we’re looking at interactive, high-end, and forward-thinking mixology, and the style of service that accompanies it. Jon Adler, the beverage director at New York's Shinjis, as well as the adjoined Michelin-starred omakase counter noda, is in the hot seat. Listen on to learn more — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
52:44Not to be confused with a morning cup of joe, the Americano is a precursor to the Negroni, with club soda taking the place of soda to create a flavorsome, low-ABV apéritif. To teach us about this Italian icon, we’re joined by Los-Angeles-based Nicolas O’Connor, the director of mixology and culinary arts at Apotheke Mixology. Listen on to discover O’Connor’s Americano recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Nicolas O’Connor’s Americano Recipe Ingredients - 1 ½ ounces of Campari - 1 ½ ounces of sweet vermouth - 2 ounces of club soda or sparkling mineral water - Garnish: orange wedge Directions 1. Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. 2. Add Campari and sweet vermouth. 3. Top with club soda or sparkling mineral water. 4. Stir gently and garnish with an orange wedge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
51:08It’s an all-NYC episode today, as we pay a visit to the Bronx with a Manhattan detour, and considerable input from Brooklyn. The Bronx is the cocktail, Manhattan comes into play via the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, and our wonderful guest is Brooklyn native Frank Caiafa. Frank worked as the Beverage Director of the celebrated Peacock Alley and La Chine restaurants at the Waldorf-Astoria, from 2005 until its closure for renovations in 2017. Caiafa now runs the beverage and hospitality consulting enterprise, Handle Bars NYC, and is the author of “The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book,” which published just before the hotel’s closure. Listen on to discover Caiafa’s Bronx recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Enter the Mount Gay ‘A Taste of Home’ Cocktail Competition here.Frank Caiafa’s Bronx Recipe Ingredients - 1 ½ ounces London Dry gin - ½ ounce dry vermouth - ½ ounce sweet vermouth - 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice - 1 dash orange bitters - Garnish: orange twist Directions 1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. 2. Shake until chilled.3. Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass.4. Express and discard an orange twist garnish. Intro music credit: “Arabian Nights,” by Joseph M. Knecht’s Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra, 1918 (M. David/W. Hewitt), courtesy Library of Congress, National Jukebox. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Piña Verde
58:39Modern classics, Carthusian monks, and Universal Studios? They’re all on the agenda today, as we’re joined by Erick Castro, host of the Bartender at Large podcast and proprietor of San Diego’s Raised by Wolves, to learn the story of his Chartreuse-laced Piña Verde. Listen on to discover the recipe for Castro’s creamy, tropical creation — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Erick Castro’s Piña Verde Recipe Ingredients - ½ ounce fresh lime juice - 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice (50:50, Dole:fresh) - ¾ ounce Coco Lopez - 1 ½ ounce Green Chartreuse - Garnish: pineapple fronds or mint sprigs. Directions 1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with some pebble ice. 2. Whip shake for 10 seconds. 3. Strain into a chilled Pearl Diver glass. 4. Top with more pebble ice and garnish with pineapple fronds and/or mint sprigs. A huge thanks this week goes out to Cocktail College producer Darby Cicci and Shane Firek for laying down the killer intro for today’s episode! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Pimm's Cup
52:10A quintessential British summer staple, the Pimm’s Cup has, over the years, developed notable ties with tennis tournaments, played a part in the history of the U.S. Bartenders Guild (USBG), and even gained some fans in New Orleans. To teach us about this beloved cocktail and its iconic, eponymous ingredient, we’re joined by San-Francisco-based Aaron Gregory Smith, the executive director of the USBG. Listen on to discover Smith’s Pimm’s Cup recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Aaron Gregory Smith’s Pimm’s Cup Recipe Ingredients - 3-5 slices of cucumber - 5-6 mint sprigs - ½ ounce ginger syrup (2:1 demerara sugar to water, simmered for around 15 minutes with peeled, minced fresh ginger) - ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice - 1 ounce Pimm’s No. 1 - 1 ounce gin - 1 dash of aromatic bitters - Soda water, to top - Garnish: fresh cucumber and mint Directions 1. Muddle cucumber with mint in a cocktail shaker.2. Add ginger syrup, lemon juice, Pimm’s, and gin.3. Shake until chilled and strain into a chilled Collins or 12-ounce pint-shaped “pub” glass filled with ice.4. Top with soda water and garnish with fresh cucumber and a mint sprig. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Three Dots and a Dash
52:49We’re learning a new language — that of morse code — at Cocktail College today, all told through the lens of a classic, if slightly lesser-known tiki drink, the Three Dots and a Dash cocktail. Anton Kinloch, owner of New Paltz’s Fuschia Tiki Bar is taking class, enlightening us on the irrefutable delights of allspice dram, Velvet Falernum, and this drink’s merits as a cocktail template. Listen on (or read below) to learn Kinloch’s Three Dots and a Dash recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Anton Kinloch’s Three Dots and a Dash Recipe Ingredients - 2 dashes Angostura bitters - ¼ ounce allspice dram - ½ ounce Velvet Falernum - ½ ounce honey syrup (2:1)- ¾ ounce lime juice - 1 ounce fresh orange juice - ½ ounce Guyana rum, such as Hamilton 86 - ½ ounce Jamaican Rum, such as Appleton 8 Year - 1 ½ ounces of Rhum Agricole, such as J.M. Blanc - Garnish: one pineapple frond and three cocktail cherries Directions 1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with pebble ice. 2. Shake until well chilled. 3. “Dirty dump” the contents into a chilled Pilsner glass. 4. Garnish with a pineapple frond and three cocktail cherries. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Amaretto Sour
1:01:42Examining another branch of the sour cocktail family, we're joined today by friend of the show Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Portland’s Pacific Standard to talk about his self-proclaimed “Best Amaretto Sour In the World.” We will also look at the evolution of sour mix, the subtle art of beating egg whites, and the exciting resurgence of liqueurs in the cocktail space. Listen on to discover Morgenthaler’s Amaretto Sour recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Jeffrey Morgenthaler's Amaretto Sour Recipe Ingredients 1 teaspoon of rich simple syrup (2:1) ½ ounce lightly beaten egg white 1 ounce of lemon juice ¾ ounce of cask-strength bourbon 1 ½ ounces of Amaretto Garnish: Lemon peel, brandied cherry DirectionsAdd all ingredients to a shaker with several large ice cubes. Shake until chilled. Strain into a 10-ounce Old Fashioned glass. Top with ice and garnish with a lemon twist and a brandied cherry on a toothpick, tucked into the lemon peel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Hot Toddy
1:17:01Something sweet, something strong, and something hot — that’s all it takes to throw together a tasty Hot Toddy, according to Pip Hanson, beverage director of Minneapolis’ O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co. Of course, this being Cocktail College, we’ll explore each of those components in much greater detail, and learn about Toddies (hot and cold) as a historic category of drinks. Listen on to discover Hanson’s Hot Toddy recipe — and don’t forget to like, review, and subscribe! Pip Hanson’s Hot Toddy Recipe Ingredients - Boiling water - 1 ⅓ ounces whiskey, such as Keeper’s Heart 110 proof - ½ ounce milliliters piloncillo (unrefined raw cane) sugar syrup - Lemon peel Directions 1. Shock (heat) a handled Hot Toddy glass with boiling water. 2. Add sugar, lemon peel, and whiskey. 3. Mix well. 4. Top with 8 to 10 ounces boiling water. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.