The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Eighty Six

Preparing for a dinner party, smoked cocktails and struggling with bad service.

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In today’s Episode…

We’re answering three more questions from listeners like you. Got a question? Scroll down and click the blue button to send us your questions!

The Questions:

From Mario in Fort Carson, Colorado:

I’m planning a party and I want it to be a crowd pleaser. Trying to keep from going broke I’m wanting to stick with my wife’s and my favorite drinks margaritas for her and old fashioned for me. I plan to also make Manhattans and lime daiquiris, I’ll be having about 10-15 people and was wondering some other drink choices that I may be able to make with the ingredients ill have for those? I’m definitely not a professional and hardly a enthusiast more of a beginner on the fast track.

Cornelio from India:

What kinds of wood can you use for smoked cocktails?

Greg from the Sierra Mountains in California

How do you handle it when you’re in a bar and the bartender has no idea how to make a cocktail? I’m amazed at how often I have to ask for a Manhattan “stirred” because too many bartenders seems to shake every drink. But I recently asked for a Manhattan “stirred” and here’s what the bartender did: She put ice in a martini glass with water to pre-chill it. Then she built my drink in an old fashion glass, added no ice at all, stirred it with a cocktail straw, dumped out the ice from the chilled glass and poured the room temperature Manhattan into the chilled glass.

This is not the first time I’m been in a bar where they have no idea that cocktails are stirred nor do they know what a bar spoon looks like.

Do I teach her how to stir a cocktail (which I have done at other bars)? Do you just drink it, go home, and never go to that bar again? Or is there a middle way? Seriously,
I’m amazed at how few working bartenders seem to have any idea how to mix a drink. Your thoughts?

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