Episode 108 - Tales of the Cocktail 2019


What’s shakin, cocktail fans?

Welcome to episode 108 of The Modern Bar Cart Podcast!

n this episode, we chat with Ethan Hall, Russell Garing, and Eric Holtzman of the Modern Bar Cart Team to learn about their first-time experiences at Tales of the Cocktail, a yearly hospitality industry summit centered around mixed drinks.

Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • How Tales of the Cocktail is structured, including seminars, tasting rooms, brand activations, and other local events

  • The types of people who might be interested in attending this legendary hospitality industry summit

  • Our favorite highlights from the first few days of the 2019 event, including luxury spirits, oysters, and even Champagne sabering

  • An inside look at some of the educational seminars we attended

  • And much, much more

Featured Cocktail: The Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

This episode’s featured cocktail is the Cosmopolitan (affectionately referred to as “the Cosmo”). Despite its reputation as a second-class drink, it’s actually got a lot to offer, and it features prominently in our conversation this episode, so I thought it might be nice to offer you a nice, comprehensive recipe.

To make the Cosmopolitan Cocktail, you’ll need:

  • 1.5 oz citrus vodka (like Absolut Citron)

  • ½ oz triple sec or an equivalent orange liqueur

  • 1 oz cranberry juice

  • ¼ oz lime juice

Combine all these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake for 10-15 seconds until well chilled and appropriately diluted, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The garnish for this drink is an orange twist, but for extra points, you can certainly elect to “flame” said garnish by expressing the oils over a flame atop the drink. This is typically executed with a simple bic lighter, but word to the wise, this is a dangerous operation and should be attempted only by an experienced professional.

The recipe we just provided for the Cosmopolitan cocktail comes from the popular new cocktail book Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters, by Derek Brown with Bob Yule, and we’ll certainly be mentioning those individuals later in this interview.