Episode 011 - Infusions and Flavor Advice
This episode is an interview with Aviva Goldfarb, who is an extremely accomplished cookbook author and meal planning guru who also happens to be a really talented and inspired home bartender. One of my favorite things about talking with Aviva is the passion she has for flavor--her voice and facial expressions just light up when she talks about the joy of food and drink.
In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover a number of cocktail-related topics, including:
- Homemade infused spirits and syrups
- Aviva’s go-to cocktail accent flavors
- Creating a family-friendly cocktail culture
- The key to fun, but effective recipe development
- And much, much more.
Aviva is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cocktails and home entertainment, so I hope you’ll take some time to visit the show notes and check out her latest recipes and projects. But for now, we’ve got a great show for you, so sit back and enjoy my interview with Aviva Goldfarb.
Cocktails We Enjoyed
- Spritz with homemade Lavender-Lemon-Honey Liqueur and Embitterment Lavender Bitters
- Bloody Mary with homemade Jalapeno-Basil infused Vodka
Resources We Mention in this Episode
- The Six O’Clock Scramble
- Specialty Bottle
- Portable Breathalyzer
- Les Dames d’Escoffier International (and DC Chapter)
Lightning Round Questions
What is your favorite cocktail?
The pineapple and jalapeno infused margarita (with chili salt rim) at Meat & Cheese in Aspen, CO.
What is your favorite spirit?
If you could have a cocktail with anyone in the world, past or present, who would it be, what would you drink, and what would you discuss?
Jewish food author Joan Nathan, and we’d drink one of the honey-lavender cocktails we enjoyed during this episode.
Do you have any cocktail book recommendations?
- Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails, by Matthew Biancaniello
- Death & Co.
- Craft of the Cocktail
- History of the World in Six Drinks
- The Bar Book
- The Dead Rabbit Cocktail Book
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning their journey as a home bartender?
Talk to bartenders (but when they’re not busy!), and when you’re creating cocktails at home, turn on some music, turn down the pressure, and PLAY WITH YOUR DRINK.
Also, if you’re going to make homemade infusions or syrups, make sure you write down your recipes as you experiment so that you can recreate successful recipes and improve upon imperfect ones.