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The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess treats the creation of the cocktail as a culinary journey. From pre-prohibition to modern masterpieces cocktails are an american art form that is always changing. Join Robert Hess, master mixologist and historian, as he combines the best and most fresh ingredients to create taste bud pleasing libations.

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The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess treats the creation of the cocktail as a culinary journey. From pre-prohibition to modern masterpieces cocktails are an american art form that is always changing. Join Robert Hess, master mixologist and historian, as he combines the best and most fresh ingredients to create taste bud pleasing libations.

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    Grasshopper Cocktail

    Grasshopper Cocktail

    The Grasshopper Cocktail was apparently created by Philibert Guichet Jr., the owner of Tujaque’s bar in New Orleans. As the story goes, it was submitted as an entry to a New York cocktail contest which was held, amazingly enough, in 1928 just before Prohibition was repealed. It is reported to have won second place. (Source: Roy F. Guste, Jr. “The Restaurants of New Orleans”) Some other sources refer to the contest happening in 1919 however, just prior to Prohibition. However since one of the reported judges was Walter Winchell, who’s career didn’t really start until 1920, it is more likely that the contest happened during Prohibition.

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    Bordeaux Cocktail

    Bordeaux Cocktail

    This drink was created by the owner (and sometimes bartender) of “Monas Bistro & Lounge” here in Seattle. It was one of my hangouts in my early years of digging into cocktails, in fact Tito (the owner) even built my home bar for me.

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    Harvest Moon

    Harvest Moon

    The December 1934 edition of Esquire Magazine includes a list of the “Top 10” most popular cocktails. The list starts with an Old Fashioned, and ends with a Daiquiri. The rest of the drinks on the list are reasonably well known. One of them, The Harvest Moon, appears to be MIA for most bartenders. It is described as being a “applejack sour with orgeat”.

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    Corpse Reviver #1

    Corpse Reviver #1

    Corpse Revivers were (and are) a style of drink intended for a bit of the hair of the dog (an expression that refers to alcohol used as a treatment for a hangover). Hard to say exactly what it was about these drinks that made them seem more appropriate for this use over other drinks. Regardless of time of day of consumption, the Corpse Reviver #1 is worth discovering as it is not seen very often.

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    Guion Cocktail

    Guion Cocktail

    This drink was named for a member of the family which founded the Guion Line, a steamship company which operated from 1866 to 1892 and was one of the primary steamship lines providing transportation from London to New York. This drink was probably created at the Waldorf Astoria bar.

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    Fairbank Cocktail

    Fairbank Cocktail

    This cocktail was believed to have been named after Douglas Fairbanks Sr. If that was the case, then why is it “Fairbank” and not “Fairbanks”? An alternate story says it was named after Charles Warren Fairbank, who was Theodore Roosevelt’s vice president.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

D from DC121 ,

Robert Hess is the man

Great introduction to mixology.

Glen Tennis ,

Where did it go?

Hasn't been updated in a while. Pity. It is a great podcast.

intheblacklodge ,

Best cocktail podcast

This is the podcast that single-handedly took me from a cocktail ignoramous to complete snob. Robert is an expert on what he is talking about, and he does it in the most informative and authoritative way possible, with both the history and the theory behind the cocktails. His recipes are also the best I've found anywhere. If you want to learn cocktails, start from the beginning, but this is the best way to go.

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