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When it comes to cocktails, Dale DeGroff is literally king. Dale (aka King Cocktail) is the author of the award-winning "The Craft of The Cocktail" and "The Essential Cocktail" (Random House). Dale is most famous for having worked and managed the bars at New York's famous Rainbow Room. Dale was awarded the James Beard Wine & Spirits Professional Award in 2009, and the The Best Bar Mentor at Tales of the Cocktail 2010. He is a partner of Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR), a partnership of six of the world's leading spirits and cocktails authorities who provide training and credentialing in distilled spirits and mixology. Dale is also the founding president of The Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans. Dale's most recent endeavor is his new Pimento Aromatic Bitters, a product he developed with renowned absinthe distiller Ted Breaux. Tune in for a lively discussion with Dale and host Joe Campanale on today's episode of In the Drink

"The art and craft of creating really good tasting drinks for in excess of 300 people over and over several hundred times a day has really been mastered." [03:00]

"It's challenging for young distillers to find ways to bring production costs down but I'm sure that will happen. if you look at the great spirits of the world - they're available in the marketplace for a third of what these artisanal spirits are sold for." [29:00]

"There are five basic sauces in the culinary world and we have our 5 basic sauces for the bar world too." [33:00]

--Dale DeGroff on In the Drink


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Almost a year ago, popular Williamsburg bar Donna was forced to close due to an electrical fire. Now - they are back and stronger than ever. Tune in to a fun episode of The Speakeasy as Damon Boelte is joined by the crew at Donna who have brought a kegged cocktail to the studio with them. Yes, you read that right, they are pouring draft cocktails on-air in the studio! Learn about the advantages of cocktails on tap and why carbonation almost always makes a drink better. Hear why architecture is such an important component in bar design and find out how they are making craft cocktails more accessible for everybody. This program was brought to you by The International Culinary Center.

"There's a psychology to architecture. If you can tweak little tiny things it affects how people move in the space and how they enjoy themselves in it." [08:00]

"We take our beverage program really seriously but we want it to be fun and accessible. We want people to come in and get a drink quickly and party. That's what this draft cocktail program is all about." [25:00]

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Ted Kilpatrick is a rising star in the world of bartending. Formerly of No 9 Park in Boston, he's now the Beverage director at Park South Hotel's new rooftop bar. On another insightful episode of the business of The Business, host Phil Colicchio chats with Ted about his move to New York, the history of the bartender in America and his philosophies on hospitality. Ted is wise beyond his years, and at only 29 he's destined to have a long and fruitful career in the world of drinks and hospitality. Tune in and get to know him! This program was brought to you by Fairway Market.

"Restaurants are the only job I ever had." [05:00]

"Bartending is much closer to baking than it is cooking." [13:00]

"The priority should be placed on drinks that aren't made in front of people that order it." [23:00]

--Ted Kilpatrick on the business of The Business


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