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Where can you learn to live life one cocktail at a time? Here on the Lush Life Podcast discover why an old-fashioned is the drink of choice, who is making their own bitters and how ice, or lack there of, is transforming the cocktails you drink. Hosted by your favorite drinking companion, Susan L. Schwartz, the Lush Life Podcast introduces you to the movers and shakers of the cocktail world.

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Serving up Season 4 of Lush Life
September has come ‘round and I am bursting with enthusiasm.  So in that state of mind, Season 4 of Lush Life - The Classic Collection will commence next Tuesday .  I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry.   The Classic Collection...hmm what’s that I hear you asking yourself? Well, Season 4 is bringing it all down to basics.  Why you may ask?  I’ve been busy all summer rereading the classics - as in my essential New York Times Book of Cocktails, Robert Simonson’s wonderful book A Proper Drink, all about the revival of the modern cocktail craze, and my very own signed copy of David Wondrich’s Esquire Drinks. These great minds have reminded me that if you don’t know your classics how can you move forward. As a layman and I mean layman in cocktail making, it’s time to go back and master the old-fashioned, martini, negroni before purchasing a centrifuge to make the Boys to  the Yard like Liquid Intellect! So what does this mean for our season ahead? Our guest are still the greats of the drinking world. Still the movers and shakers of the industry! Don’t you worry? I’ll just be mixing in a little more history to the classic cocktail of the week and you might even see some video instruction along the way on alushlifemanual.com. But don’t think I am stuck in the past.  There are so many new things happening in the Lush Life world that I can’t wait to tell you about, but you will just have to wait until next week! I can’t leave you without a cocktail of the week - so as the last days of summer are fading away here in London  the most famous of all summer cocktails seemed to be the perfect choice.   The Aperol Spritz - whose history we’ll go into in a later episode. Ingredients 3 oz Prosecco 2 oz Aperol 1 oz  Soda One green olive Method Mix all the ingredients into a wine glass with ice and stir. Garnish with an olive if you want it really Venetian.    We’re talking classic here! You’ll find this recipe, plus all the cocktails of the week at ALushLifeManual.com, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.    ----- Become a patron of A Lush Life Manual for as little as $1 a month - less than Starbucks: www.Patreon.com/LushLife Lush Life Merchandise is here - we’re talking t-shirts, mugs, iPhone covers, duvet covers, iPad covers and more covers for everything!  and more!  Produced by Simpler Media Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Get great cocktail ideas on Pinterest New episodes every Tuesday, usually!!
How to make the best drinks in Trentino
Trentino, nestled in the Alps, welcomes each and every guest with a glass of Bollincine Da Montagna translated as Mountain Bubbles but officially known as Trentodoc - their splendid sparkling wine. But what else is there to drink in this gorgeous northern region of Italy. I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry.   Today we get to meet a few people who are making the drinks that Trentino is famous for and some that were a surprise.  Matteo Covazzi from Mezzacorona, the second largest producer of Trentodoc, is with us to explain exactly what Trentodoc is. Then we have Andrea Luchetta telling the tale of Bellaveder, a small producer of Trentodoc and the other wines I got to try. Michele Dolzan from the world famous Villa De Varda grappa distillery joins us and, to end it all, we have Andrea Paternoster who is making mead, the Trentodoc way.  This is just a fraction of what’s available to imbibe in Trentino. To find out what else? You would have to read my new Lush Guide to Trentino at alushlifemanual.com, but don’t leave us yet, as we head to Mezzacorona. Our cocktail of the week is not really a cocktail recipe but a syrup recipe and a syrup which can be used in loads of cocktails.   On the aforementioned jaunt through Trentino, we met Nonna Ponomarenco at the agriturismo Maso Flonkeri where she showed us how to make an amazingly aromatic, yet subtle rose syrup to add to Chardonnay. At least that’s what she added it to and it was incredible.   We picked her roses to make it,  but please buy CULINARY-GRADE roses. Do not use the ones you get at the florist!   INGREDIENTS 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 lemon 2 cups fresh rose petals METHOD Place the rose petals in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over them and scrunch the liquid with the petals. Place the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add in the rose petals and cook for 10 minutes. Strain into glass jars, removing the petals from the liquid Turn the glass jars upside down and store for a few days.   When it’s ready add it to Chardonnay or Prosecco or anything you want...   You’ll find this recipe, plus a video of Nonna making it, and all the cocktails of the week at ALushLifeManual.com, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.    Full Episode Details: http://bit.ly/2Jxh7XX ----- Become a patron of A Lush Life Manual for as little as $1 a month - less than Starbucks: www.Patreon.com/LushLife Lush Life Merchandise is here - we’re talking t-shirts, mugs, iPhone covers, duvet covers, iPad covers and more covers for everything!  and more!  Produced by Simpler Media Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Get great cocktail ideas on Pinterest New episodes every Tuesday, usually!!
How to make a great rum cocktail
Meeting in primary school doesn’t always predict a future business career together, but in the case of our guests today, it most certainly did. They also went to the same prep school, university and lived together in London...oh and did I mention they both  love rum! I’m Susan Schwartz, your drinking companion, and this is Lush Life Podcast, every week we are inspired to live life one cocktail at a time by the best in the industry.   Alex Jollivet and Tom Wiggett also drank together and while Tom was enjoying a thousand variations on the G&T, the only mixer Alex was being offered with his rum was Coke, not that  there is anything wrong with a good Cuba Libre, in fact I make a Cuba Libre range of Merchandise so check it out at A Lush Life Manual.com/merch.  Still it can get monotonous, so what are two guys to do - well these guys created Long Tail Mixers. Three different mixers that were developed specifically to completement rum, whiskey, bourbon..whatever brown spirit you have on your shelf.  Our Cocktail of the Week is the Sundown Spice, a combination that will have you dreaming of the beach in the Caribbean.  Ingredients Long Tail Island Spice Mixer 50 ml The Duppy Share Rum Lime Wedge   Method: Fill your Long Tail Glass with 3 ice cubes Pour in The Duppy Share Rum Add Long Tail Island Spice Mixer Cut a lime wedge and add for garnish   If you want to hear more about Duppy Share and - go back and listen to my episode titled How to move from insurance to rum in five easy steps!   You’ll find this recipe and two more from Long Tail, plus all the cocktails of the week at ALushLifeManual.com, where you’ll also find all the ingredients in our shop.    Full Episode Details: http://bit.ly/2LCIktM ----- Become a patron of A Lush Life Manual for as little as $1 a month - less than Starbucks: www.Patreon.com/LushLife Lush Life Merchandise is here - we’re talking t-shirts, mugs, iPhone covers, duvet covers, iPad covers and more covers for everything!  and more!  Produced by Simpler Media Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Get great cocktail ideas on Pinterest New episodes every Tuesday, usually!!
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Started
Jun 1st, 2016
Latest Episode
Sep 10th, 2019
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No. of Episodes
130
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28 minutes
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