Season 3

How to be the first female bartender at Dukes Bar London

How to be the first female bartender at Dukes Bar London

When your daughter tells you that she wants to go into hospitality, it’s usually not a big deal, unless she is 12 years old. Mariantonietta Varamo was set on a career in hospitality against the wishes of her parents, who knew it would take her […]

How to open a bar & launch a new product at the same time

How to open a bar & launch a new product at the same time

Respect for the seasonality of foods was ingrained in our guest today as a child. In Norway, food foraging is a family tradition and Monica Berg spent her younger years collecting strawberries, mushrooms and other local treats to enjoy right away or preserve for later. […]

How to be seduced by the Italian lifestyle

How to be seduced by the Italian lifestyle

 Growing up on a farm and then moving to Italy at 19 can change your life. It certainly did for our guest today, Rob Patchett, Regional Sales Associate for Cotswolds Distillery. A gap year became nine years, when Rob refused to come home. He […]

How to take the Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour

How to take the Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour

It took one married couple to produce one of the most recognizable brands in the world. In almost every bar in almost every country, there sits a bottle of Maker’s Mark Bourbon with its signature red wax covered bottle neck. Marjorie and Bill Samuels were […]

How to start Ireland’s first craft distillery

How to start Ireland’s first craft distillery

In the 7th C., St. Kevin was the most popular guy in Glendalough, with followers from both near and wide. I think my guest today might now have usurped that moniker. Gary McLoughlin is one of the co-founders of Glendalough Distillery, the first craft distillery […]

How to find the original Old-Fashioned

How to find the original Old-Fashioned

While you are sipping an Old-Fashioned, did you ever stop to consider how the combination  of bourbon, sugar and bitters came to be? Stop no longer, I have the answer for you, or one answer, for as David Wondrich, the award winning cocktail writer says […]

How to bottle cocktails that will have them wanting more

How to bottle cocktails that will have them wanting more

Whom do you call when you are opening a new bar and have no idea what cocktails to serve?  Whom do you call when you want to create recipes for bottled cocktails that fly off the shelves? I know whom I would call – Liquid […]

How hard work can lead to the perfect Irish coffee

How hard work can lead to the perfect Irish coffee

What a pleasant coincidence it is to have James Goggin, Brand Advocacy Manager of Maverick Drinks, on the show the week of St. Patrick’s Day – I promise it wasn’t planned. Like a true seanchaí, he weaves the tale of his life in such a […]

How to win a cocktail competition the first time

How to win a cocktail competition the first time

Six months into bartending and your boss suggests you enter the Havana Club Grand Prix. What’s the worst that could happen? The worst that happened to our guest today, Ninon Fauvraque from Le Queue du Coq Bar in Annecy France, is that she won the […]

How to make your own gin with Ian Hart & Hilary Whitney of Sacred Spirits

How to make your own gin with Ian Hart & Hilary Whitney of Sacred Spirits

How is it possible that Ian Hart ever did anything but create his own gin, in his own home, from a still he built himself?  He was a born inventor. As a child he was the mad scientist on the street – tinkering with one […]