6 episodes

Introducing "The Cocktail Academy" with your host Damian Cole, a seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry. Join Damian and his expert guests on a spirited journey through the world of cocktails, spirits, and all things booze-related.
Whether you're a home cocktail enthusiast or aspiring bartender, this podcast is your go-to source for practical tips and insider knowledge, served straight up with no nonsense. From mastering classic cocktail recipes to exploring the latest trends in mixology, "The Cocktail Academy" has everything you need to shake, stir, and sip like a pro. Tune in for candid conversations, industry insights, and plenty of laughs along the way.

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The Cocktail Academy Damian Cole

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Introducing "The Cocktail Academy" with your host Damian Cole, a seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry. Join Damian and his expert guests on a spirited journey through the world of cocktails, spirits, and all things booze-related.
Whether you're a home cocktail enthusiast or aspiring bartender, this podcast is your go-to source for practical tips and insider knowledge, served straight up with no nonsense. From mastering classic cocktail recipes to exploring the latest trends in mixology, "The Cocktail Academy" has everything you need to shake, stir, and sip like a pro. Tune in for candid conversations, industry insights, and plenty of laughs along the way.

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    006: The Art of Batching Cocktails: Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Effortless Entertaining

    006: The Art of Batching Cocktails: Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Effortless Entertaining

    Episode Summary: In this episode of The Cocktail Academy, Damian explores the art of batching cocktails, a perfect technique for summer barbecues, parties, and gatherings. Damian delves into the history, benefits, and practical tips for batching cocktails, ensuring you can enjoy your event without being tied to the bar. Featuring the classic Bramble cocktail, this episode provides a step-by-step guide on how to batch cocktails efficiently, from choosing the right recipes to scaling, diluting, and garnishing for a flawless presentation.
    ·     Omission: when adding the dilution and you have calculated the % of water to add, make sure you multiply that by whatever factor you are using. We used 14 in the worked example in the episode….. sorry I forgot to mention that.
    Highlights:
    Introduction to Batching Cocktails: Understanding the concept and historical roots of batching.Featured Cocktail - The Bramble: Recipe and tips for making this classic gin-based cocktail.Benefits of Batching Cocktails: Time-saving, consistency, waste reduction, and enhanced hospitality.Techniques and Tips for Successful Batching: Choosing suitable cocktails, scaling recipes, managing citrus, and adding dilution.Advanced Batching Tips: Handling bitters, adjusting sweetness, creative garnishing, and recommended resources for further reading.Join the Batching Movement: Share your batching experiences on social media and connect with us for more tips and recipes.
    Key Takeaways:
    Time-Saving and Convenience: Batching cocktails allows you to prepare in advance and enjoy your party.Consistency and Quality: Ensure every cocktail tastes perfect with precise measurements and techniques.Creative Presentation: Enhance your batch cocktails with beautiful garnishes and thoughtful presentation.
    Resources Mentioned:
    Superjuice expert, Kevin Kos: https://www.kevinkos.comRecommended Book: "Batched and Bottled: Cocktails to Make Ahead" by Max and Noel Venning.Social Media:Instagram: TikTok: Facebook
    The Cocktail Academy Site
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    • 22 min
    005: From Belfast to the Big Apple: Jack McGarry's Journey to Crafting the World's Best Cocktails at The Dead Rabbit

    005: From Belfast to the Big Apple: Jack McGarry's Journey to Crafting the World's Best Cocktails at The Dead Rabbit

    Host Damian Cole chats with Jack McGarry, the co-founder and managing director of The Dead Rabbit in New York City. From his humble beginnings in West Belfast to becoming the International Bartender of the Year, Jack shares his incredible journey and the philosophy behind creating one of the world's most celebrated cocktail bars. Discover the secrets behind The Dead Rabbit's unique blend of Irish pub culture and high-end cocktails, and learn about Jack's plans for the future.
    Highlights:
    Early Beginnings: Jack discusses his start in the cocktail world, working at the Hunting Lodge in West Belfast.Journey to the Merchant Hotel: The transition from local pubs to high-end cocktail bars, and the significance of working at the Merchant Hotel.Creating The Dead Rabbit: The inspiration behind The Dead Rabbit, combining Irish pub culture with world-class cocktails.Awards and Recognition: How The Dead Rabbit became an award-winning bar, including its designation as the world's best bar.Irish Whiskey Focus: Jack's commitment to promoting Irish whiskey and its current market state.Future Plans: Upcoming expansions of The Dead Rabbit, including new locations and innovative concepts like McGarry's.Advice for Aspiring Bartenders: Tips on making quality cocktails at home, the importance of fundamentals, and recommended cocktail books.Favorite Cocktail Stories: Jack shares iconic moments from his career, including making the world's most expensive Mai Tai.Quickfire Questions: Fun and insightful rapid-fire questions about Jack's preferences and pet peeves in the cocktail world.
    Key Takeaways:
    Commitment to Quality: Jack emphasizes the importance of using quality ingredients, precise measurements, and proper techniques to create exceptional cocktails.Understanding Tradition: He advocates for a strong foundation in traditional cocktail knowledge before innovating and creating new drinks.Irish Whiskey Advocacy: Jack's dedication to promoting and educating people about Irish whiskey is evident throughout the episode.Innovative Concepts: The Dead Rabbit's blend of Irish pub culture and high-end cocktails sets it apart, and upcoming projects promise to continue this trend.
    Resources Mentioned:
    The Dead Rabbit: WebsiteRecommended Books:"Spirits and Cocktails" by Dave Broom"Imbibe!" by David Wondrich"Punch" by David Wondrich"The PDT Cocktail Book" by Jim Meehan"The Bar Book" by Jeffrey MorgenthalerConnect with Jack McGarry:
    Instagram: @jackmcgarry1LinkedIn: Jack McGarryFollow The Cocktail Academy:
    InstagramTiktokSubscribe & Review: Enjoyed this episode? leave a review to help more people discover our cocktail journey!

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    004 Home Bar Essentials: The Ultimate Guide to Must-Have Booze for Perfect Cocktails

    004 Home Bar Essentials: The Ultimate Guide to Must-Have Booze for Perfect Cocktails

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    Featured Cocktail of the Week: The Sunflower
    Created by Sammy Ross of Milk and Honey fame.Recipe:20ml (3/4 oz) London Dry Gin20ml (3/4 oz) Cointreau20ml (3/4 oz) Elderflower Liqueur (e.g., Saint Germain)20ml (3/4 oz) Fresh Lemon JuiceOptional: Absinthe rinse for added complexity.Shaking and serving tips: Chill your glass, shake ingredients with ice, strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a twist of lemon or orange.Setting Up Your Home Bar
    Start with what you like: Choose spirits based on your preferences to avoid unnecessary purchases.Keep it simple: Fewer bottles mean less confusion and cost.Essential Spirits
    GinVersatile for cocktails like Clover Club, Sunflower, Gin Martini.Start with a gin you already like or try a new one for variety.VodkaNeutral spirit, good for cocktails like East 8 Hold Up.Choose a decent quality vodka; no need to splurge.RumDiverse flavours from different regions (Cuban, Jamaican, etc.).Great for Daiquiris, Mai Tais, Mojitos.TequilaGrowing in popularity, essential for Margaritas, Palomas, and more.Choose a good quality tequila to start.WhiskeyWide variety (Bourbon, Rye, Irish, Scotch).Perfect for Manhattans, Bee's Knees, Tipperary.BrandyCommonly used for classic cocktails like the Sidecar and Jack Rose.Start with a good Cognac or apple brandy.Essential Liqueurs
    Orange Liqueur: Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Curacao for Margaritas, Sidecars, Cosmopolitans.Elderflower Liqueur: Adds a unique flavour to many cocktails, versatile.Coffee Liqueur: Trending choice like Mr. Black for espresso martinis and other coffee-based drinks.Vermouth and Amaro
    Vermouth: Essential for martinis and Manhattans. Keep it in the fridge to extend its life.Amaro: Adds complexity to drinks like Negronis and Aperol Spritz.Bitters
    Non-Potable Bitters: Angostura, aromatic bitters for depth and complexity in cocktails.Potable Bitters: Like Campari and Aperol, great for various modern cocktails.Final Tips
    Start simple: Begin with a few essential spirits and liqueurs.Gradually expand your collection based on your growing preferences and cocktail experiments.Keep vermouth in the fridge and consider buying smaller bottles to avoid waste.Closing Remarks
    Follow the podcast on your favorite platform and leave a review pleaseKeywords for SEO:Home bar essentialsMust-have spirits for home barBest liqueurs for cocktailsCocktail recipes for beginnersHow to set up a home barEssential cocktail ingredientsBest gin for cocktailsClassic cocktail recipes

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    • 20 min
    002: Essential Bar Tools for Home Bartenders: Your Ultimate Guide to Crafting Perfect Cocktails

    002: Essential Bar Tools for Home Bartenders: Your Ultimate Guide to Crafting Perfect Cocktails

    Episode Summary: Welcome to the Cocktail Academy podcast! In this episode, host Damian Cole demystifies the essential tools every home bartender needs to make delicious, consistent cocktails. From shakers to strainers, Damian covers the basics and shares pro tips to help you craft perfect drinks for any occasion.
    Key Topics Covered:
    Introduction to Bar Tools
    Importance of having the right tools for consistency.Avoiding unnecessary gadgets for home bartending.The Mighty Cocktail Shaker
    Types of shakers: Boston, Cobbler, and Parisian.Recommendations for versatility and durability.DIY alternatives for shakers.Measuring Your Ingredients
    The importance of accurate measurements.Different types of jiggers and measuring cups.Strainers for Precision
    Hawthorne strainer and its uses.The necessity of a fine strainer for double straining.Mixing Glasses and Bar Spoons
    Benefits of using a mixing glass.Choosing the right bar spoon for stirring.Juicing Tools for Fresh Citrus
    Different types of juicers and presses.Importance of using fresh citrus juice.Additional Essential Tools
    Muddlers for incorporating fresh fruit.Bar knives and peelers for garnishes.Squeezy bottles for prepped juices and syrups.Kitchen scales for making consistent syrups.Wrapping Up
    Encouragement to leave reviews and feedback.Follow Damian on social media for more tips and tutorials.Resources Mentioned:
    link to blog post (updated soon)
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    • 19 min
    003: Inside McConnell’s Distillery: Crafting Premium Irish Whiskey with Graeme Miller

    003: Inside McConnell’s Distillery: Crafting Premium Irish Whiskey with Graeme Miller

    Episode Summary:
    Join host Damian Cole on a captivating journey to the historic Crumlin Road Jail, now home to McConnell’s Irish Whiskey Distillery. In this episode, Damian sits down with Graeme Miller, Master Distiller and Head of Supply at McConnell’s, to explore the fascinating transformation of this iconic location into a premier whiskey distillery. Discover the rich history of McConnell’s Irish Whiskey, the intricate distillation process, and savor a guided tasting of their renowned whiskey expressions.
     
    Episode Highlights:
     
    Introduction to McConnell’s Distillery:
     
            •      Graeme Miller discusses the remarkable transformation of Crumlin Road Jail into the state-of-the-art McConnell’s Distillery.
            •      The historical significance of the location and its impact on the brand.
     
    Graeme Miller’s Journey:
     
            •      Graeme shares his career path from studying food technology to becoming a master distiller.
            •      Insights into his experiences at Diageo, Captain Morgan’s, and Echlinville before joining McConnell’s.
     
    Distillation Process at McConnell’s:
     
            •      A detailed overview of the whiskey-making process, from malted barley to the final distillation.
            •      The significance of sourcing quality ingredients and the role of local suppliers.
            •      Innovations and sustainability practices in the distillation process.
     
    The McConnell’s Brand:
     
            •      The legacy of Eleanor McConnell and the historic milestones of the McConnell’s brand.
            •      The rebirth of McConnell’s Irish Whiskey and its position in the contemporary market.
     
    Guided Tasting Experience:
     
            •      Graeme leads a tasting of three McConnell’s expressions: the Five-Year Blend, Sherry Cask, and the exclusive 20-Year-Old Single Malt.
            •      Tasting notes, flavor profiles, and ideal cocktail pairings for each expression.
     
    Future of McConnell’s Whiskey:
     
            •      Exciting upcoming releases and special cask projects.
            •      McConnell’s vision for the future and the evolution of the Irish whiskey market.
     
     
    Stay Connected:
     
            •      Follow McConnell’s on their website mcconnellsirishwhiskey.com.
            •      Engage with McConnell’s on social media: Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and X (formerly Twitter).

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    001: From Belfast to The Dead Rabbit: Sean Muldoon's Cocktail Journey and Award-Winning mentality

    001: From Belfast to The Dead Rabbit: Sean Muldoon's Cocktail Journey and Award-Winning mentality

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    Episode Summary:
    In this episode, we delve into the inspiring journey of Sean Muldoon, a renowned figure in the cocktail industry. Starting as a humble bartender in Belfast, Sean's story is one of passion, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. He discusses his early days amidst the Troubles, his love for music, and his determination to become the best. Sean's path led him to London, New York and everywhere in between, he even started his own training company, and garnered multiple awards for his cocktail creations.
    Sean provides an inside look at the creation and success of the Merchant Hotel's award-winning cocktail bar in Belfast and the pivotal transition to The Dead Rabbit in New York. The conversation also touches on the opening of Hazel & Apple in Charleston, South Carolina, highlighting the challenges and triumphs along the way. Sean shares his future plans, including a return to Ireland and his admiration for the bar Boadas in Barcelona.
    Key Takeaways:
    Early Beginnings: Sean Muldoon began his cocktail journey in Belfast, driven by a passion to escape the Troubles and excel in bartending.Influences and Learning: Inspired by figures like Morgan Watson, Sean traveled to London to hone his craft, eventually starting his own training company and winning multiple awards.Merchant Hotel: Building the award-winning Merchant Hotel cocktail bar in Belfast was a significant milestone, earning international recognition.The Dead Rabbit: The transition to The Dead Rabbit marked a new chapter, with the bar achieving fame for its unique concept and talented team, including key partner Jack McGarry.Hazel & Apple: Opening Hazel & Apple in Charleston faced challenges, including scaling down the original concept and handling landlord issues, but remained a community-focused endeavor.Resilience and Future Plans: Sean's experiences have instilled resilience and determination, with future plans to return to Ireland and open a pub, and a strong admiration for Boadas in Barcelona.
    About the Host:
    Damian Cole is a hospitality industry veteran and the founder of The Cocktail Academy. Damian specializes in developing innovative drinks programs, providing top-notch training, and delivering captivating public speaking engagements. Known for his cocktail and spirit masterclasses, Damian shares his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm with audiences, making him a distinguished figure in the world of mixology.

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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Ang Allan-Burns ,

Great show

I love this show, really great way to increase my knowledge of cocktails. I’m a fan and will be listening each week

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Great !!!

Really simple and entertaining way to get into cocktails… can’t wait for the next episodes

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