Season 4

How to Use Your Brain

How to Use Your Brain

This is a biggie and I am not ashamed to scream out. It’s Lush Life’s 150th episode and if that weren’t exciting enough my guest is Elliot Ball of, among many other bars he runs, The Cocktail Trading Co.! What does it take to do…

How To Be A Bright Young Thing

How To Be A Bright Young Thing

The Bright Young Things were a group of rich, indulgent aristocrats who between the two wars entertained themselves by dressing up, posing and performing. All this gaiety was caught on camera by the incomparable and controversial Cecil Beaton. One thing is for sure, if they…

How Not to Take Anything Personally

How Not to Take Anything Personally

20 years ago, a bar was born in New York City that changed the way we drink today.  Two years after that, it arrived in London. Fast forward those 20 years and Milk & Honey in London is still open and just as cutting edge…

How to Drink French

How to Drink French

The idea of sitting in a trendy Parisian bar in the 11th arrondissement, waiting for the author of many of the world’s best selling food books and the first-ever food blogger, could make anyone’s knees slightly tremblant. But then our guest today walked in with…

How To Keep Winning Awards

How To Keep Winning Awards

Stop right there: This is the second episode of two where we meet a bartender at the top of everyone’s game.  If you want to hear the first part of Erik Lorincz’s journey – head back to episode 1 and begin there. If you have…

How One School Video Can Change Your Life

How One School Video Can Change Your Life

Superlatives were invented to describe our next guest – World’s best, Greatest, One and Only.  There is no list that he isn’t on or has been listed number one! Today, we are in the presence of Erik Lorincz, bartending royalty! I truly believe even if…

How To Find Your Ancestral Spirits

How To Find Your Ancestral Spirits

When your ancestors were distilling spirits as far back at the 18th C,  you really are destined to join them in the family business. Johnny Neill may have started his career in accounting, but he didn’t stay long. When he found out that both sides…

Two Chicago Bars That Are Knocking It Out of the Park

Two Chicago Bars That Are Knocking It Out of the Park

Chicago has so many fabulous bars and, today, we meet two General Managers working for two of those! First up is Abe Vucekovich of Wicker Park’s The Violet Hour – the mothership of Chicago’s cocktail scene and a James Beard Foundation award-winner for Best Bar…

How To Make Award-Winning Tiki Cocktails in Chicago

How To Make Award-Winning Tiki Cocktails in Chicago

Our guest helms one of the most awarded bars in the USA: winner of the Imbibe Cocktail Bar of the Year, the Spirited Award for Best American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail and finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for best bar…

How to Celebrate Burns Night in Style

How to Celebrate Burns Night in Style

“It’s easy to make friends with a suitcase full of whisky.” I think our guest today is just being more than modest. It takes a whole lot more than that to be the Head of Whisky at Atom Brands. Sam Simmons was introduced to whisky…