Wednesdays at 3:00PM EST
The theme song for The Speakeasy is "Whiskey and Loose Women" by Brothers
Tune in to The Speakeasy, every Wednesday at 4PM, where host Damon Boelte will discuss cocktails, spirits, wine, beer, tea, coffee and all things in the liquid universe, with guests ranging from bartenders and brewers, alchemists and ambassadors, roasters and regulars, and every expert and enthusiast in between. Learn from some of the world's leading experts in mixology, bar history, distillation and brewing about how we enjoy imbibing today.
Damon Boelte has consulted for many bars and restaurants in New York City and beyond, and is currently is the bar director for critically heralded Prime Meats restaurant in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. He has worked with many spirits and beverage companies such as Maker's Mark, Plymouth Gin, Tito's Vodka, Corzo Tequila, the American Gin Company, Highland Park and Stumptown Coffee. You can read about his cocktails and techniques in New York Magazine, The New York TImes, Time Out, Imbibe Magazine, GQ, Edible Brooklyn & Manhattan, Saveur, Bon Apetit, La Cucina Italiana, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Eater.com, Tastingtable.com & seriouseats.com.
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As a native New Yorker, Charles Hardwick has seen how the city's biggest juice joints have changed over the years. On this episode of The Speakeasy, Hardwick looks back with host Damon Boelte on his beginning years as a bartender. Learn what used to pass as a margarita and how the renaissance in the mixing world came to pass. What hasn't changed is the role of the bartender. Hear what Hardwick has to say about how bartenders double as hosts and servers, and the "rules of engagement" that come with the gig. Hardwick later translated this knowledge into a career consulting for brands and used it to establish relationships with bars. Today's program was sponsored by Hearst Ranch. The music was provided by Herbert Spliffington.
"I also noticed that guests treated the bartender which much more respect and there was a different dynamic there." [6:47]
"At ACME, Lemon X in a big jug, that was a margarita." [9:04]
"The drinks are an accessory to the experience." [12:40]
"People are saying, 'I dreamed of being a bartender' and I'm floored by that." [6:02]
"I'd rather someone be slightly surly, but in a witty way, but still being true to themselves, but caring about what they do like a french waiter." [13:56]
-- Charles Hardwick on The Speakeasy…read more