25 episodes

Hosted by veteran political consultants David Kochel and Rob Stutzman, Highball Politics is a bar crawl around America to find out what real people around the country are saying about hot political issues and culture.

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    • 5.0 • 36 Ratings

Hosted by veteran political consultants David Kochel and Rob Stutzman, Highball Politics is a bar crawl around America to find out what real people around the country are saying about hot political issues and culture.

    Michelin Stars and Stripes with Brandyn Tepper of The Cocktail Academy

    Michelin Stars and Stripes with Brandyn Tepper of The Cocktail Academy

    David and Rob interview traveling bar consultant Brandyn Tepper about the State of the Union and Katie Britt's bizarre response, as well as high-end cocktails and how to spot a high roller.
    This week's signature drinks:

    "Joe Biden" AKA "Freight Train Swizzle"

    Aged rum

    Green chartreuse

    Falernum

    Lime juice


    “Katie Britt" AKA "Train Wreck"

    Vodka or tequila

    Triple sec

    Rum

    Coke

    Lemonade

    Make sure all ingredients come from plastic bottles!

    Check out Brandyn's Cocktail Academy: https://www.cocktailacademyla.com/
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    • 43 min
    Los Angeles, California with David Valdez of Level 8 and The Spare Room

    Los Angeles, California with David Valdez of Level 8 and The Spare Room

    David and Rob chat with bartender David Valdez about the wild happenings at the Houston Brothers' Level 8 in DTLA, Hollywood history at The Spare Room in the Hollywood Roosevelt, plus a dash of politics and a potential No Labels ticket.

    This week's signature drinks:

    "Matcha Picchu"

    Housemade Matcha Syrup

    Gin

    Pisco

    Lemon Juice

    Lime Juice

    Egg white

    Dehydrated flowers


    "Steve Garvey" AKA "Blue Hawaiian"

    Haku Japanese Vodka

    Roku Japanese Gin

    Cointreau

    Blue Curaçao

    Infused with Muskmelon

    Topped with Starry (lemon-lime soda)

    Garnish with a blue baby baseball and a red straw!

    “Adam Schiff" AKA "Pasadena Negroni"

    Rittenhouse Rye

    Moot Madeira Vermouth

    Aperol


    Check out Level 8: https://www.level8dtla.com/
    Check out The Spare Room: https://www.spareroomhollywood.com/
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    • 33 min
    Iowa Caucus Special

    Iowa Caucus Special

    David and Rob share their own experiences and insights from the 2024 Iowa GOP Caucus, as well as what they learned from the locals.

    This week's signature drinks:

    "Iowa Toddy"

    Cedar Ridge Rye Whiskey

    Deal's Orchard Apple Cider

    Local Hive Midwest Honey

    Steaming hot water

    Garnish with a cinnamon stick, steep for 5 minutes, and enjoy!

    Ruthie Lager (Exile Brewing Co.)
    Check out Ruthie's story: https://untappd.com/b/exile-brewing-company-ruthie/233815
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    • 32 min
    Charleston, South Carolina with Chris DiMattia of Recovery Room Tavern

    Charleston, South Carolina with Chris DiMattia of Recovery Room Tavern

    David and Rob interview Recovery Room's owner Chris DiMattia about PBR, the 2024 election and why no one should underestimate former SC Governor Nikki Haley.

    This week's signature drinks:

    Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

    "Nikki Haley" AKA "Gin Bloody Mary"

    Bombay Dry Gin

    Tomato Juice

    Lemon Juice

    Hot pepper

    Worcestershire

    Ground cumin

    Dash of black pepper

    Garnish with a celery stalk and olives, and enjoy!

    “Lindsey Graham" AKA "Hanky Panky"

    Sweetgrass vodka

    Sweet Vermouth

    Dash of Fernet-Branca

    Garnish with a peach twist

    Check out Recovery Room Tavern: https://www.recoveryroomtavern.com/
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    • 38 min
    Special Episode with Tim Miller of The Bulwark and Showtime's The Circus

    Special Episode with Tim Miller of The Bulwark and Showtime's The Circus

    David and Rob interview special guest Tim Miller about his work on The Bulwark and Showtime's The Circus, as well as national politics, 2024 Presidential candidates, and some dangerously funny cocktails.

    This week's signature cocktails:

    "Mike Johnson's Dinosaur Voodoo"

    2 oz Bourbon

    1 oz Everclear (sub Vodka or White Rum)

    4 oz Grape Juice

    1 Cup Crushed Ice

    Blend and enjoy!

    “The Elderly Pickle" AKA "Pickle Down Economics"

    2 oz Tito's Vodka

    1 oz Sweet Vermouth

    0.5 oz Pickle Juice

    Olive

    Served straight up like a martini

    Check out Tim Miller's work on The Bulwark: https://www.thebulwark.com/author/tim-miller/
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    • 1 hr
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa with Jaime Jackson of Taco Gato

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa with Jaime Jackson of Taco Gato

    David and Rob interview returning guest Jaime Jackson about Iowa's hot political climate, her latest restaurant in Cedar Rapids, and one very punny cocktail.

    This week's specialty drinks:

    "House Meowgarita"

    Fresh lime juice

    Agave syrup

    Triple sec

    Tequila


    Bonus Cocktails:

    “Nikki Haley"

    1 can American light beer

    Roll top of beer can in lime juice and Tajin

    Hot sauce on top


    "Ron DeSantis"
    Layer 1:

    Rum

    Pineapple

    Coconut Cream

    Lime

    Layer 2:

    Rum

    Lime

    Sugar

    Strawberry

    Blue Curacao float on top

    Check out Taco Gato: https://www.instagram.com/tacogatocr/
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Jay_K_0331 ,

Amazing!

I love listening to broad view points this podcast provides. Not only do Dave and Rob find interesting people, they spark insightful conversation! This podcast completely changes the way we think interviews should be conducted in politics. Keep up the fresh interviews and drinks!

Naty Card MAQ ,

Funny, yummy & educational

If you like politics, travel & adult beverages, this podcast is for you. The bartenders they interview are so insightful and entertaining. Bartenders are the heart of a community and this podcast captures their passion for all of us to hear. And the drinks are tasty!

P1BK ,

Love it!

Really enjoyed my first listen. It’s refreshing to hear that most of us out there like to remain civil while having a sip. Keep it up gentlemen!

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