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First Aired - 01/22/2014 03:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Bartenders and cocktail nerds, pay attention! New World Spirits has introduced a new base spirit called Solbeso, made from the fermented fresh juice of the cacao fruit. Solbeso is certainly a landmark in the spirits industry; it is believed to be the first new category of spirit to be introduced in approximately two hundred years. But perhaps more important than its role behind the bar is Solbeso's agricultural considerations. We spoke with Clay Gordon, Culinary Ambassador for New World Spirits and founder of TheChocolateLife.com, about the sustainable practices involved with the production of Solbeso. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Music provided by Brothers NYC.

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"The techniques that we use to collect the juice are different from country to country, and different from region to region." [9:55]

"One thing that's really interesting about Solbeso is that it opens up when you add water or ice." [31:30]

Clay Gordon on The Speakeasy.


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First Aired - 01/15/2014 03:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Woodford Reserve is a super-premium Kentucky small batch bourbon crafted at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Ky. Woodford Reserve is the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby and its distillery is the oldest bourbon distillery in America. As just the seventh Master Distiller in Brown-Forman Corporation’s 140-year history, Chris Morris is responsible for maintaining the award-winning taste of Woodford Reserve. He crafts the yearly Master Collection with different handcrafted distilling methods to a variety of grain recipes, fermentation styles and maturation processes to create a range of unique whiskeys. Woodford Reserve recently partnered with Bourbon Barrel Foods for a line of bourbon-infused products like barrel-aged cocktail bitters, smoked salts and sugars, and bourbon-soaked cherries. Woodford Reserve’s annual $1000 mint julep, sold at the Kentucky Derby, raises money for equine charities. This program has been sponsored by Tekserve.

"Craft isn't about how big you are, how old you are, it's about quality." [4:15]

"The modern straw was invented for the mint julep." [25:15]

--Chris Morris on The Speakeasy


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First Aired - 10/12/2011 04:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on The Speakeasy, Damon is joined by Jim Ryan, brand ambassador for Hendrick's Gin. Learn more about the popular spirit brand and which cocktails best utilize its many different botanicals. Learn what an "unusual Negroni" is and find out how to best enjoy warm gin on a Wednesday afternoon. This episode was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.


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