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Where can you learn to live life one cocktail at a time? Here on the Lush Life Podcast discover why an old-fashioned is the drink of choice, who is making their own bitters and how ice, or lack there of, is transforming the cocktails you drink. Hosted by your favorite drinking companion, Susan L. Schwartz, the Lush Life Podcast introduces you to the movers and shakers of the cocktail world.

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Where can you learn to live life one cocktail at a time? Here on the Lush Life Podcast discover why an old-fashioned is the drink of choice, who is making their own bitters and how ice, or lack there of, is transforming the cocktails you drink. Hosted by your favorite drinking companion, Susan L. Schwartz, the Lush Life Podcast introduces you to the movers and shakers of the cocktail world.

    Season 6 is on its way back, plus Lush Life Book Club news!

    Season 6 is on its way back, plus Lush Life Book Club news!

    Welcome back! I missed you. How did the summer fly away so quickly? Here we are in the middle of September already, but there is so much fun on the horizon.
    I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, where every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time.
    The most exciting news of the year so far is that I will be live at Oriole, one of the best bars in the world, to launch Lush Life Book Club. Every week during London Cocktail Week, which is actually the entire month of October, we’ll be deep-diving into a famous cocktail book and meeting its author or authors for an evening of cocktail history, cocktail recipes, and, most importantly, cocktail drinking.
    Tuesday, October 5. Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller will join me to discuss The Distiller of London, sponsored by Sipsmith.
    If there is no distillation, there is no spirit; if there is no spirit, there is no cocktail. Jared is the co-founder and master distiller of Sipsmith, as well as a multi-award-winning drink historian. Anistatia is a multi-award-winning drink historian with 35 years in the publishing industry. I welcome Jared and Anistatia as they guide us through the art of distillation.
    Wednesday, October 13, I’ll be Shaking It Up with Mia Johansson, Bobby Hiddleston and Edmund Weil to discuss their book Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming, sponsored by Ketel One.
    Cocktails are at the heart of every James Bond novel, and I am thrilled to be joined by Mia and Bobby of the award-winning London bar, Swift and Edmund, and their business partner and owner of Oriole, to explore more than just the Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred.
    Then on Tuesday, October 19 – Olivia Williams, author of Gin Glorious Gin and The Secret Life of the Savoy, is my guest thanks to Bulleit and Kentucky Tourism.
    The recipe for any cocktail at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London includes a healthy dose of history. Olivia invites us to check into London’s most iconic hotel, where she’ll guide us through its vibrant history while we sip its most inventive classic cocktails.
    And if that weren’t enough, on Tuesday, October 26, I will be with Jason Clark, author of The Art and Craft of Coffee Cocktails, and Pippa Guy, Let’s Get Fizzical, sponsored by Tanqueray.
    Acting as Brand Ambassador for an iconic spirit is a full-time job. Adding another full-time job on top of that is almost impossible. Our two guests have done just that by creating and writing two esteemed cocktail books. We’ll discuss what it takes to venture out and write your own cocktail book.
    So that’s what’s on tap for London Cocktail Week. Beginning in a few weeks, the Lush Life Podcast will be coming straight to your ears, plus you can always catch up on everything athttp://alushlifemanual.com/ ( alushlifemanual.com).
    Our cocktail of the week is Autumn Apple Old Fashioned, and it’s perfect for this weather.
    INGREDIENTS
    50ml Avallen
    10ml Amontillado Sherry
    5ml Maple Syrup
    1 Large Barspoon Fig Jam


    METHOD
    Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass
    Stir to dissolve jam, about 10-15 seconds
    Add ice, and then stir
    Double strain into a rocks glass with ice, fill to the top
    Garnish with a slice of fig or apple




    You’ll find this recipe, more Louisiana cocktails, and all the cocktails of the week at alushlifemanual.com, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.
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    How to Drink the Sazerac with Rhiannon Enlil

    How to Drink the Sazerac with Rhiannon Enlil

    How to Drink the Sazerac cocktail, the official cocktail of New Orleans, with Rhiannon Enlil, Sazerac House.

    • 42 min
    How to Drink with Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin with Kunal Madan

    How to Drink with Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin with Kunal Madan

    It’s a big day for gin lovers this weekend - it’s World Gin Day on June 12, and how am I celebrating? With a completely Indian Gin and Tonic.
    Even though the G and T originated in India until just recently, there had never been a truly Indian gin. Now that has all changed. http://jaisalmergin.com/ (Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin) is a tour of India in one sip, and my tour guide today is Kunal Madan, AVP of International Business for Jaisalmer Gin.
    He’s actually the first guest on my new How To Drink season to talk gin and just in time for the big day. Sit back and listen to how they managed to fit all of India in one glass.
    Our cocktail of the week is inspired by the former inhabitants of the glorious Golden Fort; it’s the Maharaja Mojito:
    INGREDIENTS
    50ml Jaisalmer Gin
    20ml organic Agave Syrup 15ml fresh Lime Juice
    6 mint leaves
    50ml Bitter Lemon
    METHOD
    Fill up glass with ice, pour Jaisalmer Gin.
    Clap 6 mint leaves and add to the glass.
    Add fresh lime juice, bitter lemon, and agave syrup.
    Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig.
    If you want to try making The Maharaja Mojito and live in the Uk, you can find Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin at https://tidd.ly/3wPutVc (Spirits Kiosk.com) and get 10% off using my code: ALushLife10SK.
    If you live in the USA: You can find it at https://drizly.sjv.io/c/1437188/567662/9425?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdrizly.com%2Fliquor%2Fgin%2Fjaisalmer-indian-craft-gin%2Fp105747 (Drizly.com) and Get $5 Off Your Order of $20+ using code ALUSHLIFE5
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    You’ll find this recipe, more Jaisalmer Gin cocktails, and all the cocktails of the week at alushlifemanual.com, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.


    Full Episode Details: https://alushlifemanual.com/how-to-drink-jaisalmer-indian-craft-gin-with-kunal-madan


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    Produced by https://podcastlaunch.pro (Simpler Media)
    Follow us on https://twitter.com/alushlifemanual (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/alushlifemanual/ (Instagram)
    Get great cocktail ideas on https://www.pinterest.co.uk/alushlifemanual/ (Pinterest)
    New episodes every Tuesday, usually!!

    • 29 min
    How to Drink Mezcal with Eduardo Gomez, Founder of the Tequila & Mezcal Fest

    How to Drink Mezcal with Eduardo Gomez, Founder of the Tequila & Mezcal Fest

    It’s made in nine different states of Mexico from over 30 different agave species, and each different agave species in each different state tastes different. Thank goodness, our guest is here to teach us how to drink Mezcal.
    Eduardo Gomez is not only the Director of Mexgrocer, the place to find the widest range of authentic Mexican groceries and ingredients in the UK and Europe, but also the Founder of the https://www.tequilafest.co.uk/ (Tequila and Mezcal Fest) and co-creator of https://www.oddmezcal.com/ (Ojo de Dios Mezcal). If he doesn’t know mezcal, no one does.
    He’s here to give us a beginner’s tour of the other agave spirit!
    If you want to try sipping mezcal and live in the Uk, you can find a large selection at https://tidd.ly/33DQw4R (SpiritsKiosk.com) and get 10% off using my code: ALushLife10SK.
    If you live in the USA: You can find mezcal at https://drizly.sjv.io/c/1437188/567662/9425?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdrizly.com%2F (Drizly.com) and Get $5 Off Your Order of $20+ using code ALUSHLIFE5
    Now, it’s time to revisit a recent cocktail we made with tequila for our cocktail of the week.
    Jonnie’s Mezcal Tommy is our cocktail of the week. It comes to us from http://elcamion.co.uk/ (El Camion) restaurant and bar in London. This bar is iconic in so many ways - not only the third stop on my Cocktail Tour of London, which will be starting up again this September, but also the last bar in which Dick Bradsell, the inventor of the Espresso Martini and so many other classic cocktails, worked.
    Jonnie, one of the bartenders there, decided it was time to try making a Tommy’s Margarita with mezcal. This simple recipe shows that it works fine, better than fine.
    INGREDIENTS
    60ml Mezcal
    30ml Lime juice
    15ml Agave syrup
    METHOD
    Add all of the ingredients to a shaker
    Add ice
    Shake, shake, shake
    Pour into a rocks glass with ice
    You’ll find this recipe, more mezcal cocktails, and all the cocktails of the week at https://alushlifemanual.com/urban-bourbon-trail-louisville (alushlifemanual.com), where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.
    Full Episode Details: https://alushlifemanual.com/?p=25198 (https://alushlifemanual.com/how-to-drink-mezcal-with-eduardo-gomez)
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    Produced by https://podcastlaunch.pro (Simpler Media)
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    Get great cocktail ideas on https://www.pinterest.co.uk/alushlifemanual/ (Pinterest)
    New episodes every Tuesday, usually!!

    • 49 min
    How to Drink El Bandarra with Alex Virgili

    How to Drink El Bandarra with Alex Virgili

    Where in the world does an hour turn into the whole day. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 3, the Barcelonians, surrounded by their friends and family, spend the entire afternoon sipping vermouth before lunch even begins. Today’s guest is gunning for the whole world to embrace La Hora del Vermut!
    Exporting cultural traditions is not an easy task; it is made slightly simpler when that tradition revolves around drinking. Alex Virgili, General Manager of https://elbandarra.com/ (El Bandarra), had me longing for La Hora de Vermut, and it wasn’t even the weekend.
    Born into a wine-making family, he is on a mission to make wine-drinking fun by taking those traditions of the past and reinventing them to enjoy today.
    He’s with me to reveal a few of these traditions.
    Our cocktail of the week is the Al Fresco Spritz:
    INGREDIENTS
    30ml El Bandarra Al Fresco
    60ml Tonic
    Slice of orange
    METHOD
    Add the Al Fresco to a glass filled with ice
    Top up with the tonic
    Mix gently
    Garnish a slice of orange
    Enjoy it Barcelona style.
    You’ll find this recipe, more vermouth cocktails, and all the cocktails of the week at https://alushlifemanual.com/urban-bourbon-trail-louisville (alushlifemanual.com), where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.
    Full Episode Details: https://alushlifemanual.com/how-to-drink-el-bandarra-with-alex-virgili (https://alushlifemanual.com/how-to-drink-el-bandarra-with-alex-virgili)
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    Produced by https://podcastlaunch.pro (Simpler Media)
    Follow us on https://twitter.com/alushlifemanual (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/alushlifemanual/ (Instagram)
    Get great cocktail ideas on https://www.pinterest.co.uk/alushlifemanual/ (Pinterest)
    New episodes every Tuesday, usually!!

    • 37 min
    How to Drink the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep with Stacey Yates, Kentucky Tourism

    How to Drink the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep with Stacey Yates, Kentucky Tourism

    We learn How to Drink the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep, a mix of bourbon, mint, sugar, and the most famous horse race in the world.

    • 31 min

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