Episode 054 - Cocktails on the Move
What’s shakin, cocktail fans?
Welcome back to another episode of the Modern Bar Cart Podcast!
Recently, we were able to get a little quality time with the globetrotting, MBA-earning co-founder of Modern Bar Cart, Ethan Hall. So we pulled up a mic and ran through some best-practices for getting your cocktail on when you’re not at home or at a nice cocktail bar.
This is essentially a cocktail MacGyvering episode where we run through some of the tools and tips that have effectively gotten us buzzed in suboptimal cocktailing situations
Some of the things we discuss with Ethan include:
- Cocktails on trains and planes - essentially, how to get your bitters past the TSA
- Flasked and batched cocktails
- A rundown of my mobile cocktail command center to give you some ideas about the tools I use to make drinks when I take Modern Bar Cart on the road at events.
- How to condense your liquor collection when you’re about to make a large-scale or permanent move.
- How to use tube socks to safeguard your most precious liquid possessions
- And much, much more.
Featured Cocktail - The Daiquiri
Today’s featured cocktail is the Daiquiri, which is a classic, elegant, and simple cocktail traditionally made with white rum, and it’s an excellent little bit of relief from all this hot weather we’ve been having here on the East Coast.
To make one, you’ll need:
- 2 oz white rum
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- ½ or ¾ oz simple syrup
Prepping this drink is rather simple. You just combine all of those ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, give it a good, hard shake, and strain it into a stemmed cocktail glass. I like it in a coupe, but you can get away with anything that has a stem, and you get bonus points if you can find a way to pre-chill that glass in advance.
One simple way to do that would be to fill the glass with water and ice maybe 5-10 minutes before you’re ready to make the cocktail, then discard the ice water before you strain your cocktail.
We’ve also got our own signature spin on the Daiquiri using our Typhoon Tiki Bitters by Embitterment. Adding just a dropperful of bitters adds a surprising amount of complexity to your daiquiri.
Tips for Plane and Train Cocktails
- Purchase airplane bottles of liquor. According to the TSA at the time of recording, you're allowed to pack bottles under 3 oz in your carry-on bag, as long as they can fit into a quart-sized sealed bag.
- The Airplane Old Fashioned - Whiskey, 1 sugar packet, smuggled bitters, stir with a coffee stirrer in your plastic cup, bug the flight attendant for a garnish if you're shameless.
- The Shampoo Hack - Travel shampoo bottles are TSA compliant and a great way to take small amounts of a mixer with you on the road.
Ideas for a Mobile Bartending KIt
If you have time to prepare and room to pack more gear, consider using a portable lunchbox, cooler, tool box, or tackle box as your mobile bartending kit. Here are some of the items you may want to include:
- Cocktail Shaker and Mixing Glass - But in a pinch, you can use two cups.
- Bar Spoons - Because there's just no substitute for a good bar spoon
- Jiggers - In silicone or stainless steel if possible
- Funnels - For tansferring batched cocktails to a bottle or flask
- Towels - Because your hosts probably don't want you using theirs
- Paring Knife - For garnish prep
- Waiter's Corkscrew - For wine or corked bottles
- Churchkey - For punching holes in cans or opening beers
- Nut Milk Bag or Small Strainer - For easy-to-transport infusions
- Channel Knife - With which you may create dazzling garnishes
- Pour Spouts - For speed and ease of pouring
- Small Cutting Board - Because it's rude to use the counter
How to Permanently Relocate Your Home Bar
When you have to move, it's decision time. What do you keep, and what do you leave behind? Although there is the added excitement of starting your home bar anew, there's also the stress of the move. What's a person to do?
- Gift Unwanted Bottles to Friends - This is a great way for them to remember you every time they enjoy the bottle. If you have lots of bottles, hold a mock draft where your friends pick their favorites.
- If It Comes in a Handle, You'll Find It Anywhere - No need to take that Jim Beam with you when you move.
- Tube Socks - These are a great way for you to cushion bottles when traveling or moving.
- Pack a Milk Crate - Use your B-string clothes as wadding or cushioning for bottles that you pack in a milk crate.
- Throw a "Empty the Bar" Party - This is almost certainly going to be interesting, and you can harness the power of a group to get rid of your collection.