The Cocktail Guru Podcast

The Cocktail Guru Podcast

Hosts Jonathan and Jeffrey Pogash talk food, drink, entertainment and all things delicious, luxurious, and fun on The Cocktail Guru Podcast. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thecocktailgurupodcast/support read less

TCGP S2 E12 - The Shochu Gatherer with Christopher Pellegrini
Mar 23 2023
TCGP S2 E12 - The Shochu Gatherer with Christopher Pellegrini
The Cocktail Guru's chat with Christopher Pellegrini, founder of Honkaku Spirits, and learn how an American ended up founding a Japanese Spirits company. Shortly after Christopher moved to Japan, he became obsessed with shochu.  So much so that he opened his own company in March of 2020.  Chris explains to the Gurus how shochu takes on the flavor of the product which was brewed; ie sweet potato shochu tastes of sweet potatoes, barley tastes of barley etc. Additionally, they are relatively low ABV which makes them easy to drink. Click here to read more about Chris' spirits journey. Honkaku Spirits is devoted to bringing intensely artisanal Japanese spirits to discerning American customers with a particular focus on koji-based spirits including Honkaku (meaning authentic) Shochu, Ryukyu Awamori from Okinawa, and koji whiskey, an as-yet undefined but widely enjoyed category of whiskey. Working exclusively with family-run suppliers, Honkaku Spirits endeavors to introduce the finest traditional spirits Japan has to offer. To see full show notes for this episode, please visit The Cocktail Guru Podcast THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by ⁠1st Reel Entertainment⁠ and distributed by ⁠EatsDrinksTV⁠, a service of the⁠ Center for Culinary Culture⁠—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thecocktailgurupodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thecocktailgurupodcast/support
The Brandmaster with Tim Master (THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST S2 E10)
Feb 22 2023
The Brandmaster with Tim Master (THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST S2 E10)
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, we strike up the brandmaster—Tim Master, that is—Senior Director of Spirits at Frederick Wildman & Sons, the global wine and spirits portfolio perhaps best known for distinctive and storied cocktail standard Chartreuse French herbal liqueur. Watch and listen as hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash follow the beat of a career that, measure for measure, features more breadth of hospitality experience and more depth of spirits expertise than any other bartender-turned-brand ambassador. All brought to you by Marie Brizard Chocolate Royale Liqueur and Monin Premium Gourmet Strawberry Syrup. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. GUEST BIO Tim Master has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and beverage industry. Currently the Senior Director of Spirits at Frederick Wildman & Sons, he oversees numerous brands, with emphasis on industry staple Chartreuse Liqueur. Tim’s skills and experience were honed in London, New York, and his hometown of Philadelphia, where he worked behind the stick at some of the top restaurant bars in these cities. After a career in bartending, Tim began his new journey of working with brands by representing Plymouth Gin and Absolut Vodka, where he remained for six years before moving to Wildman. In his travels throughout the US and Europe, Tim was mentored by some of the industry’s top professionals and now enjoys the opportunity to enlighten and educate his industry peers. In 2006, he was fortunate to be in the first graduating class of Beverage Alcohol Resource's now-renowned training program, which allowed him to further fine-tune his skills. While drinking his way across the country, Tim shares his knowledge with local media and industry members in each city he visits. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thecocktailgurupodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thecocktailgurupodcast/support
TCGP S2 E3 The Cocktail Guru Visits Atlantic City!
Nov 3 2022
TCGP S2 E3 The Cocktail Guru Visits Atlantic City!
On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, we visit Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino for sitdowns with Bally's own Paul Juliano, Mast-Jägermeister National Accounts Manager Aleesha Meola, and cocktail star Juan Coronado, who shares his spirited journey from his native Dominican Republic to a series of high-profile gigs—including extended stints with Chef José Andrés and Bacardí Rum—and how he and tequilera Ana Maria Romero came to create Mijenta Tequila with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash. Plus enjoy the show's two new spirited features: Tipple Time and Top Off! All brought to you by Emilio Lustau, Cognac Ferrand, and The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley. THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST is produced by 1st Reel Entertainment and distributed by EatsDrinksTV, a service of the Center for Culinary Culture—Home of The Cocktail Collection, and is available wherever fine podcasts can be heard. The Center for Culinary Culture—Telling the Story of Food & Drink…One Taste at a Time. GUEST BIOS Aleesha Meola Aleesha is National Accounts Manager-Hotels & Casinos for Mast-Jägermeister US and has been with the company for a year and a half. She has been in the liquor sales and beverage industry for almost 24 years, and for 20 of those years she worked in Las Vegas casinos. Working with Jägermeister and Teremana Tequila has been such an amazing experience, she cannot wait to see how much more success can be achieved. Aleesha has two sons, two dogs, and is a newlywed! She enjoys spending all of her free time with her family and enjoying concerts with her husband and friends. Juan Coronado Over the past 20 years, Juan Coronado has built an impeccable reputation in the beverage industry as an award-winning mixologist and entrepreneur. His mission is to create and innovate beverage programs and to make positive financial impact in hospitality outlets. As an entrepreneur, he has designed the structure for a range of companies, including Colada Shop, Bresca Restaurant, and Serenata Bar in Washington, DC; Mijenta Tequila, the first B- Corp sustainable tequila in the world; and Tres Tribus Mezcal, an artisanal mezcal from the Mixteca Region of Oaxaca. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thecocktailgurupodcast/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thecocktailgurupodcast/support