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Pour up a cup of happiness with this homemade Indian Masala Chai. This recipe is the traditional way of preparing chai, so it takes some time and patience — but it's worth every sip, and is so much better than your typical coffee shop chai. The Indian Masala Chai is nonalcoholic and the perfect drink to warm up your day. The masala mix is made with cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and peppercorn, and will have your whole house smelling heavenly. Prepare your chai of choice to your liking and add the masala mix to help warm up your mindset.
Episode: Negroni


The Negroni is a classic cocktail that has gained world-renowned credibility for its decisive notes and nature. We're deviating from the traditional Negroni recipe and are shaking things up (literally) by making this cocktail the Stanley Tucci way. Tucci shared his twist on the classic drink as part of his early-quarantine pastime; with this recipe, add your choice of vodka or gin (we opted for gin), and serve in a coupe glass garnished with a thin orange slice. This aperitif is a smooth way to open up your palette before a meal.
We're going back to basics with a simple gin drink that is the perfect refreshment for any episode: the Pear Collins. Classic and confident, this cocktail blends pear nectar, Plymouth Gin, honey, lemon, and club soda for an easy, bubbly refreshing drink. The cocktail is not too sweet and not too citrusy, making it just right for the Goldilocks of the world. After a long hard day of breaking through barriers and taking your seat at the table, the Pear Collins is an ideal sidekick.
Our guest April Clobes introduced us to one of her favorite wineries, Big Table Farm. Big Table Farm is a winery in Oregon that was self-started by a couple with a passion for wine. Their farm focuses on sustainability and keeping its operations in-house and its owner, Clare Carver, even illustrates each of the bottle labels. April's recommendation is their Pinot Noir, which brings a sweet, fruity, and cedar-driven flavor. If you're a wine drinker, we can't recommend this enough.
Episode: Cranberry Mimosa

Cranberry Mimosa

'Tis the season to drink and be merry and we've got the perfect cocktail for you to do just that. This Cranberry Mimosa is just three ingredients and a delight to drink this holiday season. Mix together cranberry juice, champagne and ginger ale or ginger beer (whichever you prefer or have on hand is fine). Garnish with sugared cranberries and serve. For a mocktail version, substitute St. Julian's Sparkling White Juice for the champagne. Take a moment for yourself this holiday season to reflect on everything you accomplished this year. From our homes to yours, happy holidays!
This week's drink can be a bit of a project to make, but it is so worth it in the end. The Green Smoothie Cocktail is a vodka cocktail full of fruit and veggies that makes a super delicious and clean drink. If you're looking for a cocktail that is a crisp and refreshing change of pace, this is the drink for you. With cucumber, fresh mint, and ginger, it is the definition of refreshing and the perfect way to top of a week (or year) of change.
Episode: The Third Man

The Third Man

Going through some big changes? (Or maybe just a long week?) Take a minute to slow down, reflect, and pour yourself a glass of The Third Man. This bourbon drink is the perfect palette cleanser; it sips sweet at first, then is rounded out by the bitterness of grapefruit and Campari. With the bite from the bourbon topping off the citrus flavor, this drink will become a staple in your bartending repertoire. Grab your favorite bourbon (we used George Dickel) and mix in a splash of grapefruit juice, lemon juice, Campari, and simple syrup for a complex symphony of flavor.
Created under pressure, "This Is Ourselves" is the perfect match for this episode. This cocktail was made by Carol Donovan who submitted it to AlcoholProfessor.com. With muddled fruit and champagne that is stored under pressure, this cocktail is a welcome reminder that some really, really good things can come from stressful, high-pressure situations. The drink is bourbon-forward and brings in a delightful, autumnal mix of apple cider, champagne, bitters, and a splash of simple syrup for a drink that goes down smooth. The cider is subtle, while the bubbly elevates the endnotes, giving the drink an overall light taste. Pour yourself a glass and consider the sweet rewards of working under pressure.
If you're looking for the perfect cocktail to help you unwind this fall, we've got the drink for you. The Nouveau Sangaree is a smooth, light drink that brings an autumnal twist to the classic sangria. Wine, apple brandy, and gin create a dry, strong base. Finished with grated cinnamon spices up the cocktail. Strain it all in a martini glass, curl up with a blanket and a good book, and enjoy this perfectly seasonal sangria.
Episode: Mezcalita


Shake up your normal margarita recipe with some Mezcal and Tajin. The Mezcalita is the perfect intro to mezcal if you've never tried it before; the smokiness of Del Maguey Vida Mezcal combines with the citrus flavors of the lime and orange for a drink far superior than your typical margarita. Rim your glass with lime and Tajin and impress your friends with this fun twist on a classic drink.