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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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Today's featured farmers: Mary Bricker & Noah Jackson

Mary Bricker is an ecologist with a passion for natural history and and teaching. She has worked with students in the classroom, in school gardens and local natural areas, and on backpacking and sea kayaking wilderness trips. Her ecology research on species interactions has given her the perfect excuse to get her boots muddy in a wide range of locations and ecosystems: temperate rainforests in Oregon, tropical forests of Central America and East Africa, and western Montana prairies in all seasons.

Mary earned a B.A. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College and PhD in Ecology from the University of Montana. Before working with Forest Voices, she taught as an assistant professor of Biology at Pacific University in Oregon.

Noah Jackson is a conservation consultant and storyteller whose work combines photography, writing, and new media to document conservation and community issues. He has worked in Asia and Africa for over a decade, starting as a Peace Corps volunteer, and continuing through graduate work, a Fulbright fellowship, independent projects, and as an auditor and farmer trainer for the Rainforest Alliance. His storytelling work can be found in publications such as the National Geographic Traveler, the Rainforest Alliance Blog and Canopy newsletter.

Noah holds a BA in Anthropology and Environmental studies with a minor in Biology, from Bowdoin College, and a MS from the University of Montana School of Forestry.


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