60 episodes

Cocktails & Capitalism is a podcast that pairs crafted beverages with stories distilled from our capitalist hellscape. We highlight shameless profiteers, destructive industries, and anticapitalists working to create a better world. The topics we explore can be dark and depressing, so buckle up and grab a drink! Our crafted cocktails help us tap into the gallows humor necessary for surviving late stage capitalism. While we slip into drunken hysterics at times, our episodes rely on extensive, well-grounded research that will help equip you with the knowledge to challenge the global dominance of our capitalist status quo. Because we are committed to offering an entertaining and illuminating podcast that is free and accessible to everyone, we've decided that crowdfunding is the most ethically-sound model for achieving this goal. Thus, we've turned to Patreon - a system that allows people to support the content creators they love while gaining rad benefits! Thank you to the amazing individuals who are helping us continue this project! https://www.patreon.com/cocktailsandcapitalism

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Cocktails & Capitalism is a podcast that pairs crafted beverages with stories distilled from our capitalist hellscape. We highlight shameless profiteers, destructive industries, and anticapitalists working to create a better world. The topics we explore can be dark and depressing, so buckle up and grab a drink! Our crafted cocktails help us tap into the gallows humor necessary for surviving late stage capitalism. While we slip into drunken hysterics at times, our episodes rely on extensive, well-grounded research that will help equip you with the knowledge to challenge the global dominance of our capitalist status quo. Because we are committed to offering an entertaining and illuminating podcast that is free and accessible to everyone, we've decided that crowdfunding is the most ethically-sound model for achieving this goal. Thus, we've turned to Patreon - a system that allows people to support the content creators they love while gaining rad benefits! Thank you to the amazing individuals who are helping us continue this project! https://www.patreon.com/cocktailsandcapitalism

    SEASON 2 FINALE! Tackling our Broken Healthcare System with Christy Snodgrass (& the Christy PRN Cocktail)

    SEASON 2 FINALE! Tackling our Broken Healthcare System with Christy Snodgrass (& the Christy PRN Cocktail)

    America’s healthcare system is not only broken – it's exploitative. This reality became incredibly clear to Christy Snodgrass during her time as a nurse, leading her to leave nursing and throw herself into reforming the field of medicine to better serve struggling patients and healthcare workers. In the season 2 finale of Cocktails & Capitalism, Christy and I discuss the experiences that led her to become a patient advocate who has devoted her life to helping others navigate this expensive, convoluted, heartless system. Her story was so powerful that it made me cry, and that’s saying a lot on this often dark and heavy podcast. 


    I came across Christy’s work when bartender Jesse sent me one of her many fantastic TikTok videos – one that offers clear steps for negotiating down your hospital bills. Her other videos show you how to save money in this expensive, f****d up medical system, how to apply for charity care, and how to find patient advocacy services. GO FOLLOW CHRISTY ON TIKTOK AND INSTAGRAM for more clear, practical advice on how to navigate our healthcare system.


    Christy is the founder of Healthcare Reformed – a company that provides patients and healthcare workers with the resources necessary to support their physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. As stated on their website, Healthcare Reformed “strives to bring transparency to our complicated and often exploitative healthcare system.”


    Big thanks to Jesse Torres for crafting the perfect cocktail!


    The Christy PRN Cocktail


    This is a riff on the classic Whiskey Smash, a class of mixed beverage from the late 1800s. It is a direct descendant of the famous Julep category of drinks, of which, the Mint Julep reigns supreme. The Smash, while similar to the Julep, has the addition of some ornamental fruits (in our case, blackberries) for garnish and is always shaken so that the mint is “smashed”—hence the name.


    One of the earliest examples of a smash appears in the form of a Julep recipe in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 How to Mix Drinks, or, The Bon Vivant’s Companion. Though Thomas doesn’t mention the Smash by name, his definition of the Julep clearly lays the foundation for the future of the category. 


    Fast-forward to 1888 and turn to barman Harry Johnson, who, unlike Thomas, addresses the Smash directly as a separate cocktail from a Julep. Though he’s not especially wordy on the topic, Johnson does include four distinct Smash recipes. His Old Style Whiskey Smash is a casual concoction of sugar, water, mint, “small pieces” of ice and one “wineglass” of whiskey (about 60ml). He added that to a glass with “fruits in season,”, gave it a mix and served it with a Julep strainer.



    Blackberry Whiskey Smash
    60    ml    Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
    22    ml    Simple Syrup (2:1)
                Half a medium lemon cut into four equal pieces
                About ten mint leaves
                Four Blackberries


    Add simple syrup, lemons, mint, and blackberries to a shaker tin and muddle well to smash the blackberries and to press all the juice out of the lemon pieces. Fill the shaker with cubed ice and shake vigorously until properly chilled and diluted. Fine strain into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice. Garnish with a bouquet of mint, a thinly-sliced lemon wheel, and a couple of blackberries.


    Glassware:      Rocks or old fashioned glass
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    America’s Gun Violence Epidemic with Saadia Mirza

    America’s Gun Violence Epidemic with Saadia Mirza

    Saadia Mirza joins us from Texas to break down the insanity of America’s gun violence epidemic. Our discussion takes place in the aftermath of the Uvalde school shooting, at a time when there are too many mass shootings in America for the media to cover. Saadia shares how her connection to a victim of the Sandy Hook massacre led her to become incredibly outspoken about this ongoing American nightmare. She completely dismantles common myths pertaining to guns, including the myth that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. In addition, she explains the enormous human and financial cost of gun violence in America.

    Tune in to hear us discuss how the NRA, gun manufacturers, and the republican party have distorted the gun debate, pitting Americans against one another to amass wealth and power. 

    Be sure to follow Saadia Mirza on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter for more crystal clear political commentary!





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    Communicating Across Divides with Desmond of Independent Thought

    Communicating Across Divides with Desmond of Independent Thought

    If we want to have any chance of countering the rising power of the right, we need to start healing the divides that have only deepened on the left. A big part of this is engaging in productive conversations with folks who aren't as far left but who nevertheless hold a lot of fundamental views in common. This is why I thought it would be good to dive into a discussion about how we can start to communicate across political divides.



    In this episode, I speak with Desmond Price about how he has learned to have good-faith conversations with folks across the political spectrum. Desmond is the host of Independent Thought – a podcast that brings a psychologically-savvy approach to politics. Tune in to hear how he's learned to engage in political discussions that change peoples' minds.



    Listen to Independent Thought wherever you get your podcasts! (Spotify, Apple,,etc)
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    COCKTAIL:


    HEALING TEA  (spirit-free)


    2 bags of camomile tea
    300 ml hot water
    1 dashes cinnamon
    3 dashes turmeric
    2 shakes of ginger powder or a few slices of fresh ginger
    A few goji berries 


    Mix all ingredients in a heat proof mug with hot water and let steep. If using real ginger, remove this and add in the goji berries. Stir and enjoy!



    HEALING TEA COCKTAIL


    54 ml tequila
    2 bags of camomile tea
    300 ml hot water
    1 dashes cinnamon
    3 dashes turmeric
    2 shakes of ginger powder or a few slices of fresh ginger
    A spoonful of honey (or more if you’d prefer)
    Juice from half a lemon


    Mix all ingredients in a mug or a heat-proof container, let steep and cool or refrigerate to chill. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass with ice and enjoy! 
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    Disney After Walt: The Princess Empire Joins the Culture Wars (& the Duck Blur Cocktail)

    Disney After Walt: The Princess Empire Joins the Culture Wars (& the Duck Blur Cocktail)

    Speaking of Disney, Kane Lynch remarks that “their power and wealth is more like a nation than an entertainment company.” As you'll learn in this episode, they even have a secret police force called Global Intelligence and Threat Analysis. 


    Previously, we explored Disney’s role in exporting American capitalism around the globe. This week, Kane joins us again to discuss the corporation’s efforts to recapture the whimsy and magic of Walt’s legacy while reaching their corporate tentacles across the globe. We also explore the company’s shady labor practices, their decisions to move jobs overseas rather than negotiating with striking animators, and their recent involvement in the culture wars with Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Tune in to hear how to company went from exporting right wing capitalist ideology to being canceled by conservatives.


    Kane Lynch is a cartoonist and educator whose non-fiction and journalism comics and illustrations have appeared on The Nib, Slate, and Psychology Today and in the 2020 graphic novel titled Guantanamo Voices. He has a kids graphic novel coming out in 2024 titled First Steps. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter and check out his website here!





    Duck Blur
    30    ml    Shadow Ridge Gin
    15    ml    St. George Raspberry eau de vie
    15    ml    Giffard Crème de Peche de Vigne Liqueur
        15    ml    Giffard Blue Curaçao 
    22    ml    Lemon Juice


    Optional:    Egg White


    Add all ingredients to a shaker tin and fill with cubed ice. Shake vigorously until properly chilled and diluted. Fine strain into a chilled coupe of martini glass. Garnish with a little rubber ducky and smile. 


    If using an egg white, add all ingredients except egg white to one half of a shaker. Add egg white to other shaker tin. Combine both tins and shake hard with ice for about 10 seconds. Strain out ice and shake hard for another 10 seconds. Fine strain into a large coupe or martini-style glass. Garnish with a little rubber ducky and smile.


    Huge thanks to Jesse Torres for crafting the perfect drink for this story! 
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ducktales & Capitalism: Disney and American Imperialism with Kane Lynch

    Ducktales & Capitalism: Disney and American Imperialism with Kane Lynch

    Speaking of Disney – the company that has forced us “to share the same formative dreams” – film critic Richard Schickel writes, “As capitalism, it is a work of genius; as culture, it is mostly a horror.” In this episode, I speak with cartoonist and educator Kane Lynch, who walks us through the story of Walt Disney, the birth of the Disney empire, and the many ways the company has helped to export capitalist ideology around the globe. Tune in to hear how Disney cartoons were used as propaganda during WWII and later as a means of combating the spread of communism in Latin America. 
    Kane Lynch is a cartoonist and educator whose non-fiction and journalism comics and illustrations have appeared on The Nib, Slate, and Psychology Today and in the 2020 graphic novel Guantanamo Voices. He also has a kids' graphic novel coming out in 2024 titled First Steps. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter, and check out his website here.

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    I'm brokenhearted to report that the creator of our amazing intro song, Tim Hunt, (a.k.a. DRMWVR), recently suffered a terrible accident.  He fell from a balcony, smashing 5 vertebrae and 7 ribs. He is currently paralyzed from the waist down, unable to feel or move his legs. While he is going to fight like hell for the chance to walk again, the mental, logistical, and financial challenges in front of him are insanely daunting. Everything that has the potential to give Tim the best chances of recovery is ridiculously expensive, including rent near his rehab center and a $30,000 electrode machine that will allow him to keep exercising his legs once he leaves the facility. If any of you have the ability to contribute to Tim’s mutual aid fund,  it would do so much to help Tim take on the many challenges that lie ahead. I would appreciate it so much! You can contribute through his GoFundMe page right here, or through the link in his bio!

    Follow Tim on Instagram to see his art and watch his inspirational healing journey. I'm constantly being blown away by his strength in the face of adversity. I can barely navigate this capitalist hellscape on a good day! Also, check out his rad electronic music on SoundCloud and Spotify!




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    Alcohol and our Addiction to Capitalism with Zachary Marlow (& the Escape from Capitalism Cocktail)

    Alcohol and our Addiction to Capitalism with Zachary Marlow (& the Escape from Capitalism Cocktail)

    We’re joined by filmmaker, storyteller, and poet Zachary Marlow, who tells us about his personal journey in relation to alcohol consumption. He shares how he was driven to drink to escape the alienating aspects of our capitalist hellscape, relating this addictive drive to society’s destructive addiction to capitalism. 


    Marlow is one of 3 hosts of the Moneyless Society podcast – a show that aims to envision a world free of the corrupting influence of the profit motive. This project is closely tied to the work of the Moneyless Society nonprofit, which is actively building out a networking and resource hub through which people can use their skills to satisfy the needs of society without the exchange of money.


    Follow Moneyless Society on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, and support them on Patreon. You can listen to their podcast on all major platforms (Google, Apple, Spotify, etc.)



    Escape from Capitalism Cocktail 
    Makes two drinks


    1    med.    Mango, peeled and pitted 
    75    ml    Honey Ginger Syrup
    150    ml    Cream of Coconut (REAL, Coco Lopez, or freshly made)
    100    ml    Coconut Water
    10     drops    Cannabis Tincture (if not using Cannabis-infused Honey Ginger Syrup)
    200    g    Ice Cubes
    50    ml    Tart Cherry Juice, for each drink (fresh or bottled)


    Add all ingredients except cherry juice to blender, blend on high for 20 seconds. Pour into your two favorite cups and top with the tart cherry juice to float. Add a straw if you like, and garnish with a fresh cherry.
    Glassware:      Collins-style glass
    Garnish:         Fresh cherry
    ABV:             0%




    Honey Ginger Syrup
    100ml     Ginger, freshly juiced
    100ml     Honey
    75ml    Hot Water (~60°C)


    Peel fresh ginger root and juice through a centrifugal or masticating juicer. Combine honey and hot water and stir until honey is dissolved. Add ginger juice. Taste to ensure consistency, bottle, and label. Honey Ginger Syrup must be refrigerated and is good for up to two weeks.


    If you don’t have a juicer you can make Honey Ginger Syrup using your stove. 


    250ml    Honey
    250ml    Water
    175ml    Ginger, peeled and sliced


    Peel and slice ginger. Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and gently simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Fine strain, bottle, and label. Honey Ginger Syrup must be refrigerated and is good for up to two weeks. 


    Note: You can also add the cannabis to the honey for the Honey Ginger Syrup. For this recipe, add 1g of cannabis to 250ml of honey. Add more or less depending on your tolerance. 
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

mariap514 ,

Count me amongst the Boozerinos!

Erika somehow makes bleak discussions of unsustainable capitalism fun and engaging. I was particularly impressed by the levity included in the 2/5/21 episode on Hitler’s failed coup! The MMIW episodes were terrific, and I found C&C first through their Instagram presence (which you should check out!). Keep it up, Dr. Erika, I’m toasting you with a vodka cran concoction from Seattle!

Not a Nazi sympathizer ,

Fun and educational

So fun and educational. Very relevant and important to learn about these awesome topics.

Gaetano05 ,

Loved it!

The concept is GENIUS! Cocktails and capitalism is an informative and entertaining podcast. I loved the episode on UBI and am excited to continue listening.

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