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Designated Drinker Show

Louise Salas: Host, Gina Chersevani: Craft Cocktail Master

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Come under the influence of the DESIGNATED DRINKER SHOW™, a weekly podcast that's raising the bar on craft cocktails. On each episode, host Louise Salas invites a different Designated Drinker to infuse their unique perspective and story into the conversation, while resident barkeep Gina Chersevani distills this distinctive flavor profile into a custom cocktail.
 
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Get the featured cocktail recipe: Bourbon Milk Punch Looking for some friends to get merry with? Join the club! In this epi we chat and sip whiskey with Brian Wohlert of the Commonwealth Whiskey Alliance. VP of a technology firm by day and suburban family man by night, Brian helped create a community to let off a little steam with friends over sing…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Thai Pumpkin Boozy Iced Tea & Bourbon Co-Co-Cocoa It’s the 4th Annual Tipsy Tomfoolery & Tryptophan Friendsgiving episode, which means it’s all fun and no fuss. Not only does Gina serve up a delicious holiday-inspired cocktail recipe, Duane Sylvestre shares a cocoa-licious cocktail that is perfect for warming you …
 
We’re getting real about the reality of being on a reality show over a few really great cocktails. So, join us as we host Top Chef Jen Carroll and Candiace and Chris Bassett of The Real Housewives of Potomac for this live-streamed epi that definitely gets real! Looking for the best cocktail to accompany you while you listen. Then head over to our l…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Here Comes the Sun & The Federal Restaurateur Dmitri Chekaldin and Beverage Director Jake Rice of Dacha Beer Garden join us for this raucous two-for-one epi where we get two guests and two cocktails for one listen! We hear all about the triumphs and tribulations of outdoor hospitality—from being so popular you sell…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Well Grounded Chow down on this week’s eye-opening epi as we talk with Carla Pellegrini, Executive Director of Food Stash, about how food waste contributes to CO2 emissions and food insecurity worldwide. And we also learn how our own excess contributes to the 70 million tons of food wasted every year—ouch, sometime…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Ash and Dirt This week’s spine-chilling epi is all treats and no tricks as we have a howl with comedy-horror film-maker Dan DeLuca. Producer, director and actor—this jack-o-lantern of all trades is a creator of 6 films, including “The Night Watchmen,” which lucky for us, is now streaming on Hulu and Amazon. He guid…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Mexi-kin Spice Scooch past those big website boxes stacked up on your porch and tune-in to this week’s epi where we chat with Lore Burek and Beth Lawton of Made in ALX, where shopping small and local is the great find. Lore and Beth guide us through the process of how a farmer’s market idea expanded to an in-person…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Rum Rumaway Shiver me timbers! This week’s epi features lawyer turned author and pirate, Laura Sook Duncombe, whose work uncovers the bounty of female pirates history has long ignored. From Grace O’Malley, who terrorized shipping operations around the British Isles during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, to the earl…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Hoby’s Delight Dr. Hoby Wedler, founder of Tasting in the Dark, takes us on a deep dive into sensory literacy on this week’s “super geeky” epi. An insightful, disarming, and passionate thinker, Hoby loves bringing people together to help them expand their minds and their palettes. He shares his experience of living…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: For the Keeper Jump right into this buzzworthy epi, to learn some of Keith’s secrets on how to achieve that beautiful garden you’ve been dreaming while letting the bees do most of the work. Considering we are losing over 1/3 of our bee population, annually, your ever-blooming all-you-can eat buffet for these hardwo…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Sangria That Will Make You Sing & Dance After spending time with—and being mentored by—some of the “giants” from the Civil Rights Movement, Xina has dedicated her life’s work to fighting for racial equality. In 2018, she established UNMUTE, an initiative that arms the workforce with tools to foster those tough-to-h…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Sparking Peach Cobbler We are baring it all on this epi with Julie Socher, a crazy talented boudoir photographer on a mission to empower her subjects in order to bring out their inner beauty and confidence. She shares the methods behind her process of creating truly breathtaking portraits that captures the strength…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Happy As A Lark We were happy as a lark to have Jim Rivers, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at OSU and author of “Don’t Worry, Birds Won’t Become Dependent on You Feeding Them, Says Study,” as this week’s Designated Drinker. Jim comes a wealth of knowledge on our feather friends and shares his appreciation …
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Stoned Paloma On this epi with Victoria Pustynsky, we are getting fancy, dance-y and just a bit sparkly, as she introduces us to her Aurora X Artet—a delicious hemp-infused spritz that is as delicate as it is delicious. Victoria’s journey into the world of spirits started when she entered the hospitality industry w…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: A-No. 1 Things get a bit curious on this epi with John Wiseman, the President of Curious Elixirs. It’s easy to see how his background in marketing combined with years spent in the hospitality industry have influenced his latest venture into crafting booze-free cocktails. Driven by the belief that non-alcoholic drin…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Sweet Bourbon Iced Tea In this week’s epi, meet Jeannine Ingenito an ancestry and spirit enthusiast. As the chapter regent of her local Daughters of the American Revolution group she found much more than just revolutionists in her lineage; everyone from witches to patriots to murderers. Discovering her own spirits …
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: After School Special In this epi, meet Colin Blake—a photographer turned Spirit Educator for Moonshine University. He has found his passion in the world of spirits teaching novices and experts, alike. If you want to learn how to get your own distillery up and running, enjoy a bourbon or take a sensory training cour…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Mango Mimosa In this epi, meet Georgia Dunn, who’s mission to preserve her family’s ginger beer recipe led to the British West Indies Trading Company. What pasta sauce is to Italy, ginger beer is to the Caribbean—where every family has their own secret recipe. She found her passion in an age-old recipe, which remin…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Mindful Rose In this epi, meet the cocktail wizard, Pam Wiznitzer, a powerful creative force in the cocktail scene. She may just have started out taking a bartending class to score free booze but she quickly found her destiny behind the stick. After losing her day-walker job in the ‘08 recession, she quickly climbe…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Nearest Perfection Uncle Nearest Whiskey pairs well with a great story and an even better story teller. In this epi, our guest—Mac Newell, the Director of Digital Content and Engagement for Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey—regales us with the back-story of Tennessee Whiskey and the best way to enjoy a two finger pour…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Crush it In this epi, meet Milan–founder of the Free Spirits Company–an ad-exec and avid cocktail fan turned alcohol-free spirit creator. As an emerging leader in the alcohol free-spirits industry, he helps keep the party going while giving us more interesting options to reduce how much alcohol we drink. So go ahea…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Vegan Whiskey Sour In this epi, meet the “Night Mayor,” Alexandria City Councilman John T. Chapman, who proves that politics do not always need to be a nightmare. He earned the title “Night Mayor” by supporting the growing economy of the food and beverage industry. Not one to be idle, his passion for education led…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Spicy Mezcal Mule JoAnn is an avid traveler and foodie who writes about her adventures on her blog and a published author of the travel guide “Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.” On this epi, she tells of forgotten women in our nation’s capital history and DC’s more spicy and saucy…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Soulful Danny is not only a chef and co-owner of popular Korean restaurants Mandu, Anju, and CHIKO but has become a “relentless” voice against racism. He is driving conversations, raising awareness and inspiring youth through his support of EmbraceRace, a non-profit helping parents explain race to children. And who…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Let’s Get Seltzy If you’re looking for Max, chances are he’s either fly fishing, brewing beer or fermenting hard seltzer. As the brew master of Roadhouse Brewing, he’s always aiming for new heights, never settling for average and pushing past failure. And the proof is in the can. #CocktailingAloneTogether and then …
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Maybe or Maybe Not Chocolate Float From serving as an naval officer on the US George Washington Aircraft Carrier, to graduating from George Washington Law School to handcrafting delicious treats in George Washington’s hometown, Thereasa proves a life lived with purpose and passion only gets better when you add choc…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Brandy Shandy & Washington’s Gin Rickey We are going through a time warp on this episode. Lisa shares all that’s currently happening at The Betsy Ross House—the only historic site dedicated to telling the stories of working-class colonial women and their contribution to our nation’s early days. While Betsy Ross, y…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Southern Lady They say politics can lead one to drink, and Hannah proves it true—well, it’s more like politics drove her into the world of distilling. She may have come to New Riff with little or no experience in distilling, but by leaning on her years of experience running political campaigns, managing non-profit…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Rescue Me Starting a walking tour business in the midst of a worldwide pandemic may seem crazy to most, but for Katie, she saw it as an opportunity to bring new perspectives to DC’s past and to encourage us to explore the fascinating neighborhoods that are just “off the Mall.” With a promise to educate and enterta…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Rescue Me Evidence shows interacting with pets can have a profound effect on us. Simply petting a friendly animal can change our oxytocin and beta endorphin levels, which can reduce our overall stress. So, if you are looking for a pet that will surely steal your heart—and maybe a slipper or two—then contact your l…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Perfecto Martini Research shows when we give to others, we experience more happiness than when we receive. Which goes to prove, generosity is an act that is both selfless and selfish—but either way, the world is a better place for it. As the executive director of Carpenter’s Shelter, Shannon shares how his organiz…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Cooler Than You Theresa’s recipe for success? Passion, persistence and dedication, all topped with a dash of chutzpah. Theresa’s love for all things culinary has faithfully led her through her field of studies, influenced her personal travels and guided her career path which ultimately led her to her current posit…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Salt of the Earth If you appreciate a perfectly barrel-aged spirit, then you should truly appreciate the work that Clint and his team at The Conservation Fund do to to conserve forests which provide the wood essential in barrel production. We like to call that, “pouring it forward.” #CocktailingAloneTogether and w…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Blushing After finishing restaurateur rehab, Mike joined DC Central Kitchen in 2004. Since then, it has grown from a $2.5 million dollar / 30-person staff organization to a $19 million dollar organization employing more than 170 people. And with all the innovations, new development and soon-to-open headquarters an…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Tavern Rum Punch 1748 Steve takes us on a trip through history by pouring the old ways of the New World into our glasses. As the Dir of Historic Trades at good ole’ GW’s Mount Vernon Estate, Steve oversees the production of spirits at George Washington's Distillery, where 18th-century methods and recipes are used …
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Simply Said It’s funny how—and when—inspiration strikes. When the acquisition deal that John and his partner had spent months working on turned sour, the dream to create their own mezcal brand was born. With many trips to Mexico, a lot of research, a few family connections and a bit of luck, they were well on thei…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Old Cuban As her name may lead you to believe, yes, Karen is sweet—but don’t be fooled—she’s definitely one tough cookie. The mission of her Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is extraordinary: to support women through economic, social and political programs, creating opportunities while addressing inequality, all th…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Strawberry Bloody Mary Audrey started curating and designing museum galleries before most of us could even multiply and divide. When just knee-high to a grasshopper, she was creating exhibits in her childhood bedroom and inviting her parents to the opening of her “gallery.” She’d charge them entry fee, of course (…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Francis Water of Life Growing up in the Catholic household of Irish-German / French-Canadian parents, was a great foundation for Michael’s future as author of his amazing books that are equal parts entertaining, informative and great cocktail recipes. #CocktailingAloneTogether and looking for another cocktail to h…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Death In The Afternoon (Hopes and Dreams) Absinthia’s journey that took her from bootlegger to award-winning spirit maker started in 1997. This is also when she earned the name Absinthia, which she eventually made her legal name. Her Absinthia™ Organic Absinthe Blanche Superieure—which has won multiple awards—is u…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Vendome Club Hollywood Cocktail Apparently, great minds think alike, because on this epi, Bill Thomas and Gina both open their favorite bottles of Willett. Louise on the other hand, reaches for a bottle of a small batch Mezcal she brought back from one of her many trips to Mexico. All 3 do so in honor of “Open Tha…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Pineapple For The People Rockstar from behind the bar Mary Kelly introduces us to Widow Jane You’ll Never Walk Alone—a limited edition “distiller’s choice” bottling of its signature 10-year bourbon, with 100% of the profits donated to the USBG National Charity Foundation & C.O.R.E. (Children of Restaurant Employee…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Red Lion At the intersection of society, politics and booze is where you find Jon. As the Curator of Political History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and author of “The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy 1865 – 1915” and “The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made…
 
“Happy Hour” is a part of the Between Acts' ever-growing line-up of works from newfound playwrights—from dramas to comedies and everything in between. So, reserve your season tickets now for this new form of escapism that only gets better with the perfectly crafted cocktail. Each episode is produced by Missing Link’s creative team of well-season pr…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Clayton Spice Railcar After serving in the military for 8 years and then another 7.5 years on Raleigh Police Department, Eric found himself looking for a change. First, he pursued a wine certification which eventually led to him venturing into the spirit world—the distilled spirit world, that is. Some might have c…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Mandarin Mezcal Margarita As the co-founder of Share Our Strength, Debbie Shore has led the development of their incredibly successful fund-raising culinary events: Taste of the Nation, No Kid Hungry dinners, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry and Chefs Cycle. And as if that’s not enough, she is the co-creator of Add Passi…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Giggle Water & Airmail Trevor perfected his skills behind the bar before starting Wash Line, where he reps Q Tonics and Mixers, along with spirits from Missouri’s first distillery since prohibition, J Rieger Distillery and Ten to One Rums—truly a Caribbean delight. Also, in his line-up of liquid delights is Beau J…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Classic Aperol Spritz ‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, so who better to spend the day with than Louise’s friend and go-to wine aficionado, Dustin Lara? He shares is expertise and helps us pick wines perfect for the holidays. So, if you don’t can find your way to his “Brut Champagne and Wine Bar” in Old T…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Poinsettia / Hella Holidayfashion / Easy-Breezy-Freezey Eggnog While Gina’s “poolsiding” at her family’s home in The Sunshine State, she serves up 3 tropical holiday cocktails perfect for a warm winter day. What a great way to spend some time with family over the holidays. __________________________________________…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: New York Sour A writer, a podcaster and a Rabbi walk into a bar. Yes, that’s Drew Kaplan. After finishing his BA, Drew attended and graduated from YCT Rabbinical School in NYC. Since then, he has gone on to write for various outlets on a multitude of subject that span from beer to the Talmud to Star Wars. This all …
 
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