4 episodes

Want to take your bartending skills to the next level? Join VinePair senior staff writer Tim McKirdy for a weekly deep-dive into classic cocktails with America’s best bartenders. Cocktail College looks beyond the recipe and explores every aspect of mixology from ingredients and ice to shaking techniques, garnishes, and glassware — elevating your Martinis, Mai Tais, and everything in between.
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Want to take your bartending skills to the next level? Join VinePair senior staff writer Tim McKirdy for a weekly deep-dive into classic cocktails with America’s best bartenders. Cocktail College looks beyond the recipe and explores every aspect of mixology from ingredients and ice to shaking techniques, garnishes, and glassware — elevating your Martinis, Mai Tais, and everything in between.
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    The Sazerac

    The Sazerac

    Neal Bodenheimer and his team at Cure in New Orleans have a simple philosophy: “Nothing’s sacred except maybe the Sazerac.” In this episode, we go deep on that drink’s history, and Neal explains how he and his team came up with their version of the beloved NOLA cocktail. Learn how to make Neal’s Sazerac below — and don’t forget to subscribe!
    Neal Bodenheimer’s Sazerac
    Ingredients

    2 ounces rye, such as Sazerac 6 Year¼ ounce Demerara syrup (2:1 ratio of sugar and water, lightly cooked)3 dashes (or 21-23 drops) Peychaud's bittersHerbsaint Original 100 proof, in an atomizerLemon peel
    Directions

    Spray the inside (specifically) of a chilled double Old Fashioned glass with 4 atomizer sprays of Herbsaint.In a mixing glass, stir the rye, Demerara syrup, and Peychaud's bitters over ice until chilled.Carefully strain into the seasoned glass. From a distance of 3 to 4 inches, express the lemon peel on the outside (specifically) of the glass, then dab lightly on the glass to add further citrus oil.Roll up the lemon peel and place it on the side of the glass to garnish.

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    • 51 min
    The Manhattan

    The Manhattan

    Abigail Gullo, director of Bartender's Circle, is passionate about the Manhattan. Not only did she grow up on New York's most storied island, she first learned how to make the drink as a seven year old, and has been honing her technique ever since. Tune in to hear Abigail Gullo's perfected Manhattan recipe — also listed below — and don't forget to subscribe!

    Abigail Gullo’s Manhattan
    Ingredients
    2 ounces rye whiskey1/2 ounce sweet vermouth1/2 ounce dry vermouth1 dash Angostura bitters1 dash orange bitters1 dash other bitters, such as bergamot (optional)1 lemon twist1 brandied cocktail cherry
    Directions
    Combine all wet ingredients in a mixing glass.Add ice and stir to chill.Strain into a chilled Manhattan glass (or Nic & Nora as an alternative).Lightly express lemon twist over the cocktail then discard.Garnish with cocktail cherry and serve.
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    • 47 min
    The Old Fashioned

    The Old Fashioned

    Tim speaks with Eric Alperin, co-owner of The Varnish in Los Angeles, to dissect one of the world’s most iconic cocktails: The Old Fashioned. Eric lends sage advice on everything from the importance of ice to bitters bottles and the size of sugar cubes. Tune in to learn how to make Eric Alperin's Old Fashioned — recipe also listed below — and don't forget to subscribe!

    Eric Alperin’s Old Fashioned 
    Ingredients
    1 Domino Dot sugar cube3 dashes Angostura bitters (8-9 when dispensed from a Japanese bitters bottle)1 bar spoon club soda2 ounces bourbon, such as Elijah Craig1 orange twist
    Directions
    Place sugar cube in a 9-ounce chilled rocks glass.Soak with Angostura bitters and club soda. Muddle to combine.Add bourbon and stir three or four times to incorporate all ingredients.Add large, clear ice cube (ideally 2.5 x 1.75 x 1 inch). Stir seven or eight times to chill.Express orange twist over the cocktail and place between ice and glass as garnish.
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    • 59 min
    Mic Test

    Mic Test

    Introducing the latest podcast from VinePair. Each week, senior staff writer Tim McKirdy sits down with America's best bartenders to learn how to perfect classic cocktails beyond their recipes. Get ready to take your mixology game to the next level!
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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Gabriela in Queens ,

Keep the cocktails coming!

Listened to the first episode and now I want an Old Fashioned. Looking forward to future shows with great guests!

gingko89 ,

Looking forward to more

I’m a VinePair reader so I was excited to learn of their new podcast. Really enjoyed the first episode on the Old Fashioned, now I want to hear more. In the meantime, guess I’ll have to fix myself a cocktail!

BudgetDrinkerBK ,

Cocktail education for everyone

This is a great show for someone who has never made a cocktail and for cocktail snobs who think they know everything already! (Psst: they don’t.) It’s like asking your bartender friend how a drink is made and finding out a) your friend is famous and b) you can probably make that drink better next time.

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