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Barb Byrum has been hard at work changing up old-fashioned policies and procedures in politics, so this week we're mixing up an Old Fashioned with a sweet spin. The Brandy Old Fashioned hardly resembles the traditional cocktail; Père Magloire Calvados Brandy comes together with cherry and orange juice for a unique, sweet drink balanced by bitters and citrus. If you're a fan of sweet drinks, you'll love this cocktail. Think of it as an opportunity to change up your "Old Fashioned" ways.
Episode: The Parasol

The Parasol

If you find yourself ready for an elegant spring cocktail this weekend, this cocktail is right up your alley. The Parasol, from the Chicago Paris Club, is a mix of champagne, St. Germain, Lillet Blanc, honey, and lemon. Bubbly gives the ideal uplifting kick to St. Gemain and Lillet Blanc, while honey and lemon balance each other out. This cocktail pairs great with putting your feet up and enjoying a warm spring evening.
Episode: Barraquito


There's nothing quite like a coffee cocktail to give you the kick you need to wake up. This episode's cocktail is the Barraquito — the delicious drink that lies somewhere between coffee and dessert. Barraquito is a Spanish coffee liqueur, but this drink puts a spin on the common island cocktail. Made with espresso, milk, cinnamon, lemon, and Licor 43, this drink is one part relaxing, one part energizing, and perfect for fighting fatigue.
This week's rum cocktail is fittingly titled: Chaotic Neutral. While the recipe may seem a bit chaotic, we assure you the smooth, blended taste is worth it. Mixing Key West Rum, raspberry brandy, and Contratto Bitter, it's a rum-forward drink and the perfect nightcap if you need some neutrality after a hectic day. If you want to add a little more chaos, add in a dash of red pepper juice for a hectic spin on a daiquiri.
Episode: Area 51

Area 51

Sometimes our habits are a bit weird, a bit secretive, or feel a bit alien — which is why Area 51 is the perfect drink for our episode on forming habits. This George Dickel drink comes from Belle's Cocktail House in Lexington, Kentucky and is the perfect marriage of sweet and tart flavors. This drink is a whiskey spin on a Midori sour, which gives it its alien green color. With four simple ingredients, you won't want to miss out on this show-stopper of a cocktail.
Episode: Killer Bee

Killer Bee

This week's mezcal cocktail packs a sting and puts a smoky twist on an original gin drink. The Killer Bee is just three ingredients: Montelobos mezcal, honey, and lemon. This cocktail is based on the popular drink Bee's Knees, but replaces the gin with a smokier and harder-hitting mezcal spirit. Lemon and honey mix with the mezcal for a zesty, easy-to-prep drink. As the winter begins to thaw, get your creative juices flowing with this inventive cocktail.
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.