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Drink & Learn Podcast

Join drinks historian Elizabeth Pearce and bartender extraordinaire Abigail Gullo as they discuss booze history and culture with a little drinking advice thrown in for good measure. Best way to learn, ever.

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The Old Fashioned

Elizabeth and Abigail discuss the history and evolution of this classic drink and Abigail teaches you how to make a great one at home.


25 May 2018

Rank #1

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The Sazerac

Abigail and Elizabeth surprise each other with some amazing facts about the official cocktail of New Orleans. Abigail makes the drink at 53:30

1hr 8mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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The Bitter Truth: Bitters and Amaro

Elizabeth and Abigail explain what exactly bitters and amaros are and talk a bit about their history. They explore the many roles they can fill in a glass, whether as a spirit enhancer or as the star of the show. In case your Italian is a little shaky, here are the names of some of the amaros mentioned: Averna, Monte Negro, Don Figlio, Cynar. 


13 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Elizabeth and Abigail trace the origins of gin and how its flavors have changed over time. Its expansion through colonialism, its popularity during Prohibition and its new resurgence are also explored. 


14 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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History of the World in Six Glasses

Author Tom Standage joins Elizabeth to discuss his book A History of the World in Six Glasses. From the beer that fueled early agriculture to world dominating Coca Cola, they cover several thousand years of human drinking history. Other books referenced include:For God, Country and Coca-Cola by Mark PendergrastThe Victorian Internet by Tom StandageWriting on the Wall: Social Media -The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage

1hr 2mins

18 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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The Margarita

Elizabeth and Abigail spend a little time on the border, exploring the history of the Margarita. Abigail gives advice on how to make a classic version as well as some variations on this drink.


22 Jun 2018

Rank #6

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The Daiquiri

Elizabeth and Abigail talk daiquiri history and offer suggestions of how to create your go-to recipe and variations.


8 Jun 2018

Rank #7

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Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall and Hungover: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for the Cure

Elizabeth speaks with Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, the author of  Hungover: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for the Cure about hangovers, of course, but also the journey he took in researching and writing the book. They discuss the merits of waking up hungover in New Orleans and what, if any, are the benefits of hangovers. Elizabeth wonders why no one has invented a cure yet and if it's because we all feel we deserve them.


16 May 2020

Rank #8

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Elizabeth and Abigail are back! This season they take you through the world of spirits, doing their best to explain what makes each spirit unique. In this episode about brandy, they not only talk about its origins, development, and various incarnations, they also share two recipes. One comes from the 19th century (30:00) and one is modern (33:00) but both are delicious and have great stories. 


23 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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Medicinal Drinking

Elizabeth and Abigail address the ways drinking has been impacted by the Corona virus. Elizabeth talks about how whiskey was used in treating the influenza epidemic of 1918 and she and Abigail explore ways to drink mindfully and well while the world is staying at home. Even if the American Medical Association doesn't count alcohol as medicinal anymore, it can still be good for the soul.Mentioned in the episode is the Glencairn whisk(e)y glass. If you wish to join the Drink & Learn Book Club, you can do so at the Drink & Learn Revelers Facebook page. 


28 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Scotch and Irish Whisk(e)y

Elizabeth and Abigail take you through several hundred years of Old World whisk(e)y production, with a few reminisces about time spent drinking there.  Abigail offers you a cocktail to kick off baseball season. 

1hr 3mins

6 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Fortified Wines

Elizabeth and Abigail explain what fortified wines are, trace their history and discuss a few of their favorites. Abigail shares her recipe for the Adonis Cocktail, and they both recommend the book The Art of the Shim by Dinah Sanders for lots of inspiration of how to use many of the wines they talk about. 


28 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Wayne Curtis Interview: And A Bottle of Rum

Pirates? Check. American Revolution? Check. Prohibition? Check. Eilzabeth chats with rum expert Wayne Curtis, author of And A Bottle of Rum, about rum's history in the New World. 


27 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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The Martini

H. L. Mencken called the Martini "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet." Elizabeth and Abigail mostly agree. This episode is full of pop culture references as long as your definition of pop culture includes things from 1901. New Orleans artist Frankie Ford sings the boozy Christmas song. Yes, there's a Christmas song.


7 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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The Tom Collins

Yes, it's named for a real person. No, his name wasn't Tom Collins. It's complicated. Abigail and Elizabeth talk gin, dope-fiend soda jerks, and throw in a 19th century humorous song to boot!


6 Jul 2018

Rank #15

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American Whiskey

Elizabeth and Abigail trace the long and storied path of American whiskey, from sea to shining sea. American whiskey has been a presence in this country from early colonial times but really hits its stride after the American Revolution. They discuss the creation of Bourbon, its downfall during Prohibition and its eventual resurgence as a premier spirit. 

1hr 1min

18 May 2019

Rank #16

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Clairin: The Spirit of Haiti

Elizabeth is joined by Kate Perry, for a deep dive into Clairin, the sugar cane spirit of Haiti. Only recently available in the United States, Clairin is not just another rum. We learn how and why it is different from other sugar cane based spirits and how that taste represents the story of Haiti. 


26 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Jeff Berry and the story of Tiki

Tiki authority and author Jeff Berry takes Elizabeth on a rich and complex journey, trading the rise and fall (and rise) of tiki. From the sugarcane fields of the Caribbean to glamorous 1940s Hollywood, we hear how Donn the Beachcomber and Trader Vic created a new way of drinking for Americans and how those drinks made their way across the globe. 

1hr 3mins

24 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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The Gin & Tonic

So much more than the sum of its parts. Elizabeth and Abigail discuss tonic's origins, and muse on the merits of both the traditional version of this ubiquitous summer drink as well as the bountiful option so popular in Spain.


10 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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French 75

Lots of discussion about how to make it, and who was making it before it even got a name. Also we manage to give you yet another drink to sip by the pool, just in time for winter. 


2 Nov 2018

Rank #20