Episode 067 - Fuckin' Cocktails

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Trigger Warning

Hey, everybody, Eric here. Just wanted to slap a quick trigger warning on the beginning of this episode because, as you may have gleaned from the title, it contains a bit of cursing.

I know a lot of you are more excited for this episode sheerly because of that fact, which is good! It’s a great episode.

But for those of you who are turned off by the occasional F-bomb, I just want to say: we’ll miss you. Seriously - we’ll really fuckin’ miss you!


What’s shakin, cocktail fans?

Welcome back to another episode of the Modern Bar Cart Podcast!

You may be asking yourself, why the cursing? I thought this was a nice, polite podcast about yummy drinks! Why, pray tell, are you being such a potty-mouth?

 Photo Credit: Grace Pritchett

Photo Credit: Grace Pritchett

Well, first of all - because it’s fun, and also, our interview guest this episode has found a way to incorporate a bit of irreverence into her cocktail blogging and recipe sharing.

Her name is Emily Farris, and she is the Kansas-City-based lifestyle blogger and instagrammer behind The Boozy Bungalow.

Some of the topics that we discuss in this wide-ranging conversation include:

  • How The Boozy Bungalow brings a shot humor and reality to the recipe sharing and lifestyle blogosphere and the overly-precious Instagram landscape.

  • Why Emily sometimes enjoys using low brow ingredients in her cocktail creations, and why she doesn’t care what the cocktail snobs of the world think.

  • Some notes on the burgeoning Kansas City cocktail scene

  • Tips for taking great instagram photos of your drinks.

  • Recommendations for the strategic deployment of the word “fuck,”

  • And much, much more.

You read Emily’s thoroughly enjoyable blog posts and check out her original cocktail recipes at theboozybungalow.com and you can follow her on instagram @theboozybungalow.

Featured Cocktail - The Horsefeather

 Photo Credit: Emily Farris

Photo Credit: Emily Farris

This week’s featured cocktail is the Horsefeather. To make one, you’ll need:

  • 2 to 3 ounces whiskey

  • 4 oz cold ginger beer

  • Angostura bitters

  • Lime wedge

This is essentially a Moscow Mule made with Whiskey instead of vodka, and all you need to do to prepare it is combine all ingredients in a pint glass or a fancy metal mug with ice, give it a very quick stir, and enjoy.

If you think about what a “mule” cocktail is made of, you’ve got two REALLY strong ingredients - lime and ginger. These make a really refreshing combo, but they can also drown out certain more subtle characteristics of your base spirit. So, adding a few dashes of bitters can both cut down on the burn of the ginger and lime, and add a bit of complexity to a cocktail that’s usually praised for its refreshing qualities, not its depth.

Show Notes

In this episode, we covered a lot of ground. A lot of it involved Emily’s approach to recipe curation and cocktail design, as well as how she communicates her recipes to the world in a relatable and entertaining way. Check out her post, entitled, “Fuck Russia, Drink a Horsefeather” to get a little taste of her writing style.

Tips for Taking Great Cocktail Instagram Photos

  1. Always try to take photos using natural light. Find a window. Dark cocktail photos are sad.

  2. Try to steady your camera on something, even if you’re just using a smartphone (but if you’re at a bar using a pint glass, try not to drop it in the drink)!

  3. Garnishes are key. A nice pop of green, yellow, or orange really makes the cocktail visually stimulating, not to mention that most garnishes actually serve an aromatic function in the cocktail.

Where to Grab a Bite or Dink in Kansas City

According to Emily, Kansas City has a lot of exciting developments in both the bar/restaurant and brewing/distilling scenes. Even though there are a ton of great places to choose from, here are a few places where you can’t go wrong:

Lightning Round

Favorite Cocktail

The Horsefeather (see above). Emily’s preferred pronunciation (phonetic) - Hosssfeathaaahh!

If You Were a Cocktail Tool or Ingredient, What Would You Be?

A really sharp, shiny, unexpectedly-shaped cocktail pick. Preferrably skewering a handfull of cocktail onions in a 50/50 Gibson cocktail.

Influential Cocktail Books

The One-Bottle Cocktail - Maggie Hoffman

Advice for New Home Bartenders

Make what you like. Before you go experimenting with expensive or esoteric bottles, start from a place of knowledge and comfort. Then work your way out from there and riff on your favorites.

Advice for Dropping F-Bombs

Just fuckin’ own it. Don’t be shy about it. Don’t say it and then apologize. Own that F-Bomb.