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The Cocktail Guru Podcast

The Cocktail Guru Podcast

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Hosts Jonathan and Jeffrey Pogash talk food, drink, entertainment and all things delicious, luxurious, and fun on The Cocktail Guru Podcast.
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TCGP EP 20 "The Collector & Toolmaker" with Greg Boehm and Special Guest Chris Tunstall
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, hospitality entrepreneur, cocktail book publisher, and Cocktail Kingdom Founder Greg Boehm, plus bar tool designer-maker and A Bar Above Co-Founder Chris Tunstall, share the tale of how their respective passion for collecting and prowess in toolmaking helped propel the craft cocktail renaissance with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Brought to you by Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts  can  be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. For full show notes and guest bios visit our website at TheCocktailGuruPodcast.com
44:48
June 23, 2022
TCGP EP 19 "The Chef from Israel" with Einat Admony
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, James Beard-nominated chef, cookbook author, and hospitality entrepreneur Einat Admony shares her East-to-West culinary journey—from growing up in Tel Aviv and feeding the Israeli army to building a budding restaurant empire in the wilds of New York and feeding an appetite for standup comedy—with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Brought to you by Minonetto Prosecco. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home  of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can  be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food  & Drink…One Taste at a Time. For full show notes and guest bios visit our website at TheCocktailGuruPodcast.com
41:41
June 09, 2022
TCGP EP 18 The Vodka Maker & Hawk with Tad Dorda & Saeed House
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, spirits maker and vodka revolutionary Tadeusz "Tad" Torda and Los Angeles cocktail artist and social media producer Saeed "Hawk" House share tales of global brand conquest—Tad introduced category leaders Belvedere Vodka and Chopin Vodka to the world, while Saeed successfully transitioned from star behind the stick to star behind the camera—with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Brought to you by Chopin Vodka, Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky, and Junipero Gin. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. For full show notes and guest bios visit our website at TheCocktailGuruPodcast.com
42:20
May 26, 2022
TCGP EP 17 - The Mentor with Steve Olson
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, the label-defying Steve Olson—global mezcal advocate, sherry expert, wine geek—shares his singularly liquid journey from star sommelier to category-spanning alcoholic beverage expert and educator with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Brought to you by Sobieski Vodka, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, and House of Lustau Certified Sherry Wine Specialist (CSWS). THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time.
58:40
May 12, 2022
TCGP EP 16 - "The Beachbum" with Jeff Berry
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, bar owner and restaurateur, acclaimed drinks historian and author, and a globally recognized authority on Tiki culture, tells hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash the technicolor tale of how the Los Angeles native went from writing for the screen in Hollywood to becoming the North Star of the tropical cocktail galaxy and slinging drinks in New Orleans. Brought to you by Plantation Rum, Denizen Rum, and J.P. Wiser's Canadian Whisky. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. GUEST BIO One of Imbibe's “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of seven books on vintage tropical drinks, which published for the first time anywhere the lost recipes of Tiki’s golden age—from the original Zombie, Jet Pilot, and Pearl Diver to the Navy Grog, Saturn, Three Dots & A Dash, and many others. Esquire calls Jeff “one of the instigators of the cocktail revolution” and Food & Wine “one of the world’s leading rum experts,” while The New York Times cites him as “the Indiana Jones of Tiki drinks” and The Los Angeles Times as “A hybrid of street-smart gumshoe, anthropologist, and mixologist.” Jeff’s been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” TV series, The Discovery Channel, PBS Television, and National Public Radio; he’s also been profiled in The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Times, and Wine Enthusiast. Jeff’s original cocktail recipes have been printed in publications around the world, from Bon Appétit and The Huffington Post to over 20 international recipe books, including the venerable Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide. And now Jeff’s drinks are being served at his restaurant in New Orleans, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, which has won critical acclaim in Esquire, Playboy, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Houston Chronicle, GQ, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country, Southern Living, New Orleans, and the Food Network. With Martin Doudoroff, Jeff co-created Total Tiki for iPad and iPhone, a drink recipe app which Macworld calls “beautifully rendered and, thanks to Berry’s tireless reporting, impeccably sourced.” Jeff’s also co-created a line of Tiki barware with Cocktail Kingdom, which Imbibehails as “especially notable because it revives old styles of essential glassware that were previously almost impossible to find.” While this is all way too much work for a bum, Jeff also contributed 29 entries to The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails and lectures about tropical drinks across the US, Europe, and Latin America.
36:59
April 28, 2022
TCGP EP 15 "The Mixtress" with Julie Reiner
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, pioneering bar owner, James Beard Award-nominated cocktailian—and author of The Craft Cocktail Party: Delicious Drinks for Every Occasion—Julie Reiner, the Hawaii-born Mixtress of New York City herself, shares a deeply fascinating and continent-spanning story with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Brought to you by Lustau Sherry, Marie Brizard, and Citadelle French Gin, featuring the new Citadelle Jardin d'Été. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by Anchor.FM and EatsDrinksTV a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of the Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard.
46:58
April 14, 2022
TCGP EP 14 "The Broadcaster" with Kaitlin Monte
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, Emmy Award-nominated  broadcast news journalist, audiobook narrator, global brand event  producer, and former beauty queen Kaitlin Monte talks Big Apple  cocktails and cocktailians, legislative activism, and more—including a  stint as Miss New York and competing for the title of Miss America!—with  hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Brought to you by Devils River Rye  and Van Gogh Espresso Vodka.   THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and  distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary  Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine  podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story  of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time.
35:48
March 31, 2022
TCG EP 13 The Bartender's Bartender with Charles Hardwick
On this episode of The Cocktail Guru Podcast, spirits evangelist extraordinaire—and former European Union genever ambassador—Charles Hardwick shares tales of slinging drinks at some of New York City's most important bars with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Brought to you by Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky and Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.   GUEST BIO  Charles Hardwick has over 30 years of experience in the bar industry and has worked at some of New York City’s most iconic bars, among them Pravda, The Odeon, The Waldorf-Astoria, and The Office at The Aviary New York.  As the founder of drinkmärkt beverage consulting, he has launched and/or participated in the re-branding of 10 major spirits. His talent and creativity have been rewarded with recognition from his peers and in the pages of The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, The New York Post, The Daily News, Eater New York, Punch Drink, New York Magazine, and the publication of his signature cocktails in several cocktail books. Current and former clients include Stolichnaya Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Drambuie, Remy-Cointreau, Art Basel Miami, Vogue, Esquire, Victoria’s Secret, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, and, as the category brand ambassador for genever, the European Union. He continues to evangelize for the nobility of the bartending profession and the pursuit of the perfect cocktail, served at the perfect moment. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. This episode of The Cocktail Guru is brought to you by Paul John whisky and Tullamore Dew
35:01
March 17, 2022
TCG EP 12 - Master of Masters with David Wondrich
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST James Beard Award-winning drinks historian David Wondrich, author of Imbibe! and Punch, landmark works that rediscovered and rescued cocktail history, chronicles his circuitous journey from English professor with a PhD in comparative literature to the world's leading authority on drinking with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. GUEST BIO David Wondrich is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the people who helped to shape the modern craft cocktail movement. Senior Drinks Columnist at The Daily Beast, Dr. Wondrich is the author of countless newspaper and magazine articles and six books, including the widely-praised The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails, of which he is the Editor-in-Chief (with Associate Editor Noah Rothbaum), and the modern classic Imbibe!, the first cocktail book to win a James Beard Foundation award. His writing, lecturing, podcasting, and mentoring have earned him a record eight Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards, an IACP Trailblazer award, and a number three slot in Drinks International’s 2019 inaugural list of 100 top bar industry influencers. As a consultant, he has been involved in the creation of a number of spirits that are found on the backbars of practically every craft cocktail bar on the planet, from Ransom Old Tom Gin to the multiple award-winning Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum. He is a founding partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource, America’s leading advanced training program for bartenders and other mixologists. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. This episode brought to you by Ferrand 1840 & Lustau Vermut THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time.
54:25
March 03, 2022
TCG EP 11 - Above Deck with Adrienne Gang
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Tequila Tromba, celebrity chef Adrienne Gang, Chief Stewardess on Season 1 of Bravo TV's popular reality series Below Deck and cohost of Gangplank Report, talks cheffing by land and by sea and cooking for the rich—and sometimes infamous!—with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. GUEST BIO "Work hard, play hard"—a most appropriate motto for the controversial Chief Stewardess of Season 1 of Bravo TV's popular reality series Below Deck. Adrienne Gang worked hard to get where she is today. Many Below Deck viewers may find it hard to believe that Adrienne is more chef than stew. When Bravo was casting Below Deck, she was gunning for the position of Chef aboard Megayacht HONOR. But that was not to be...and Adrienne's place in Below Deckhistory was sealed, setting the standard for all future Chief Stews on the hit television show. For regular viewers of the show, it comes as no surprise that Adrienne's astrological sign is Virgo, an unabashed perfectionist, at work and at play. When the cameras stopped rolling, Adrienne continued her successful career path as a chef, including an adventurous stint at Burning Man. She is a regular aboard luxury yachts, producing gourmet cuisine for elite guests at sea and working her culinary magic for luxury catering firms on land. When not coming up with new recipes, Adrienne cohosts (with Jennifer Bennington) Gangplank Report, a podcast detailing and discussing Below Deckepisodes. We can' t wait to see what the future holds for this dynamic and multi-talented chef and entrepreneur!
40:14
February 17, 2022
TCG EP 10 - Master of CELEBrations with David Tutera
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur, David Tutera, author, celebrity wedding planner, and the host of WE tv's My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and David Tutera's CELEBrations, details how he elevated the mundane craft of party planning and to a rarefied pursuit with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. GUEST BIO Leading wedding and entertaining expert David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents, and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle. He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination, and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time.
33:09
February 03, 2022
TCG EP 9 - Rescue Me! with Mia Mastroianni
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur, Mia Mastroianni, BAR RESCUE's resident fixer, chronicles her colorful path from stage to bar to screen—and from Boston to Miami to Los Angeles—with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. GUEST BIO With over 15 years' experience in the service industry, from Boston to Los Angeles and beyond, Mia Mastroianni became one of the founding bartenders of Soho House West Hollywood; the private members-only club where she remained a well-respected and oft-requested mixologist for the who's who of Hollywood until 2016. Known for her stature and sassy fun attitude, “Tall Mia” has also opened Soho House locations in Miami Beach and Toronto, training their respective bar staffs on delivering the highest quality service, implementing proper technique, and executing amazing cocktails. Her expertise led her casting as an expert mixologist on the highly-rated TV show Bar Rescue, now featured in more than 30 episodes. With a background in theater and a BFA from The Conservatory at The University of Miami, Mia is not camera-shy. She stays current with industry and consumer trends by attending and speaking at various seminars and conferences and continues her education in the spirits industry by visiting distilleries both locally and internationally. Per Mia: "I LOVE TO TRAVEL. I can dork out on ice for as long as you give me. I love a good 10-second dance break behind a bar. The Original Farmer's Market in Los Angeles is my "Happy Place." Proper bar technique makes me happy. Prior to COVID-19, while dining in restaurants, my non-industry friends made a rule that I have to sit with my back to the bar. Otherwise, I'll zone out and spend the evening watching the bartenders. I love to learn and appreciate the craft and art of cocktails, along with exploring the deep history behind them."
34:54
January 20, 2022
TGC EP 8 - The Godfather with Dale DeGroff
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Dale DeGroff, aka "King Cocktail," widely considered the spiritual godfather of the craft cocktail renaissance, shares colorful tales of his global upbringing and a trailblazing career in hospitality with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard.
01:08:51
January 06, 2022
TCG EP 7 - History Guru with Guest Tiffanie Barriere
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Milagro Tequila, Tiffanie Barriere, aka "The Drinking Coach," shares tales of a singularly colorful—and very Southern—career in the hospitality industry and discusses the challenges and rewards of mission-driven bartending with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash.
33:01
January 03, 2022
TCG EP 6 "Speak Easy" with Jason Kosmas
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Marie Brizard, celebrated bartender and author Jason Kosmas, Co-Founder of the now-legendary Employees Only and Macao Trading Company, discusses his role in the craft cocktail renaissance and the challenges and rewards of being a serial entrepreneur with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. 
35:43
December 09, 2021
TCG EP 5 - The Legacy Lives On with Guest Lucinda Sterling
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Hendrick's Gin, Lucinda Sterling—bartender, bar owner, and longtime managing partner at Sasha Petraske's much-loved Middle Branch in Midtown Manhattan—talks balancing life behind the bar with life as a mother with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by Anchor.FM and EatsDrinksTV a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard.
36:18
November 25, 2021
TCG EP 4 - The Marvelous Mr. Maisel
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Scapegrace Dry Gin, SAG Award-winning actor Michael Zegen—the Marvelous Mister Maisel himself!—talks screen, spirits, and more with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and is distributed by Anchor.FM and EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. GUEST BIO Michael Jonathan Zegen is an American actor, best known for his roles on the television series Rescue Me, Boardwalk Empire, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Zegen was born to a teacher mother and lawyer father and lived in Glen Rock, New Jersey, before moving to nearby Ridgewood when he was five. He has two brothers. His mother was born in Austria, in a displaced persons camp, and his maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors from Ukraine and Poland. He attended Ridgewood High School, where he was active in the school's theater program. Zegen is a 2001 graduate of Skidmore College. His role on Rescue Me began as a recurring character in seasons 1–3, playing the nephew of series lead Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary). In seasons 5–6, he joined the principal cast when his character began probationary firefighter school to become a firefighter. In 2010, Zegen was cast as gangster Bugsy Siegel for the second, third, and fifth seasons of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. In 2011, Zegen, along with James Ransone, was cast in supporting roles in the HBO comedy series How To Make It In America. In mid-2011, Zegen was cast in a recurring guest role in the second season of the AMC series The Walking Dead. In 2014 he created the role of Liam off-Broadway in the dark comedy Bad Jews. Since 2017, Zegen has portrayed Joel Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. For that role, he has won two Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series awards from the Screen Actors Guild.
54:29
November 11, 2021
TCG EP 3 - Loaded in LA with Guest Dan Dunn
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Journeyman Distillery, drinks writer and journalist-bon vivant Dan Dunn, host of WHAT WE'RE DRINKING on Starburns Audio, raises an overflowing glass of all things spirited with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash!    THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by Anchor.FM and EatsDrinksTV a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of the Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard.  
36:35
October 28, 2021
TCG EP 2 - The Radio Star with Guest Camille Broderick Rodier
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, featuring Krug Champagne, hospitality professional and wine specialist Camille Broderick Rodier, host of NPR's CAMILLE'S DEMI-HOUR, talks fine wine and all things epicurean with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash!   THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by Anchor.FM and  EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of the Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. 
31:30
October 28, 2021
TCG EP 1 - Yes, Chef with Guest Chef JJ Johnson
On this debut episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Van Gogh Vodka, Chef JJ Johnson dishes on his colorful culinary journey and much more with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash!  THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by  1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by Anchor.FM and EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of the Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. 
31:42
October 28, 2021
Coming Soon, The Cocktail Guru Podcast!
The Cocktail Guru Podcast is a a show about food, drink, and entertainment. Join Jonathan and Jeffrey Pogash on their epicurean journey to enjoy the good life, and all things delicious, luxurious, and fun.  Stay Tuned!
00:49
September 17, 2021