On the Back Bar: A Bartender Podcast for The Drinks Trade

On the Back Bar: A Bartender Podcast for The Drinks Trade

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Advice from the Drink Experts. A Podcast for Bartenders, Mixologists and Sommeliers.


Weekly update from Christopher Menning.
Jun 23 • 3 min
Today’s episode is a little update from me about this weeks guest and about a new project I have taken on. I’ll be heading a new cocktail bar called Pin 31 in Bangkok and I’m looking forward to sharing all! Enjoy! Let me know what you think. …
Salvatore Calabrese reminiscing on a lifetime of achievements.
Jun 15 • 68 min
This weeks episode is a look into the life of one of the industry’s most beloved bartenders. With a career that spans 40 years, Salvatore Calabrese has had a lifetime of achievements which we reminisce on today. Salvatore is an award-winning…
Special Episode: TalkTales x On The Back Bar Podcast Crossover!
Jun 14 • 55 min
Welcome everybody to another edition of On the Back Bar and today is a rather special episode as we are co-hosting alongside Shana Race who joins me from her show, TalkTales the Podcast. This episode is a story into both our lives in the world…
Jerrold Khoo on the three keys to success, reminiscing on absinthe and the journey of Jigger and Pony to Asia’s Best Bar 2020.
Jun 8 • 45 min
“The drink, on the bottom half we have clarified milk with the gin and on the top half is a bubble flavoured with orange flower water.” Jerrold Khoo started his love of drink making at the age of 17 in Starbucks before rising through…
Ali Reynolds on flavour led bar concepts, using soft drinks the right way and his new whisky podcast The Middle Cut.
Jun 1 • 46 min
“Lagavulin 16 & coca-cola works incredibly well together because the flavours in both are very similar. Chocolatey, coffee, cherry notes are present in both. As sacrilegious as it may seem, it’s there to be enjoyed however you want” …
Camille Vidal on healthy hedonism, mindful drinking and the foundation of La Maison Wellness
May 25 • 61 min
“My heart is of course in hospitality, it’s my community. But because I was spending a lot of time in the wellness industry I wanted to inspire people to look at bringing mindfulness into the glass” Our guest On The Back Bar this episode…
Kirk Estopinal on New Orleanian lifestyle, creating Cane & Table and survival strategies for the restaurant sector.
May 18 • 44 min
“There is a lot of depth and history here and a multitude of cultures” Kirk Estopinal is a Partner and Bartender of New Orleans’ James Beard Foundation award-winning bar Cure and beloved Cuban inspired restaurant and bar, Cane and…
Caroline Rosen on turning digital, home gardening and the global strategy of bringing Tales of the Cocktail Foundation to the world.
May 11 • 30 min
“It was a catalyst for us to go out of our comfort zone but also make sure we are serving the community that we love to serve” In this episode we are honored to have Caroline Rosen, President of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, join us as…
Lauren Mote on creating opportunities, inspiring an industry and the joys of home fermentation.
May 4 • 65 min
“We tried to take as much of our experience and our spiritual connection with nature, food, people, and of course with beverage and blend that into a concept that felt authentic.” Lauren Mote is the DIAGEO Reserve & World Class…
Ivy Mix on splitting bases, fighting for an industry stabilisation fund and spirits of Latin America.
Apr 27 • 46 min
“Not only will you understand why I make the cocktails the way I do, and the stories behind them, but you will fundamentally, and probably more importantly, really learn a lot about what these spirits are and why they are so important.” - Ivy…
Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox on immersive drink experiences, home cocktails and reminiscing on a decade of London Cocktail Week.
Apr 20 • 44 min
“Our industry which we love and are so passionate about is going to need London Cocktail Week when this is over” - Siobhan & Hannah We had a chat with Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox about life in isolation and how London…
Cristie Norman on successful personal branding, being authentic and teaching the appreciation of wine.
Apr 15 • 47 min
“The thing is to be you. The most authentic and original piece of content that you could ever make is you” - Cristie Norman Cristie Norman is a certified sommelier working at Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant, Spago, in…
Sven Almenning on his golden rule for growth and output, giving back to the industry through free online training and building healthy routines during isolation.
Apr 6 • 40 min
“Ananas helps you manage the consistency of your business and also helps you manage your team. It’s a really good time for people to use and to start preparing for reopening” - Sven Almenning Sven Almenning is the managing director and owner…
Tom Surgey on wine education through Pingza, Sussex wine production and how English sparkling is still the next big thing.
Apr 1 • 34 min
“There is still so much more we can do to make wine accessible” - Tom Surgey Tom Surgey is the eloquent wine educator and the sales & business development director at Ridgeview Estate. He has been a tremendous force in…
Philip Duff on reviving Genever, catching up with the Asian bar scene and setting industry predictions.
Mar 23 • 34 min
“Genever is what whiskey was, its literal living history” - Philip Duff Philip Duff is renowned for being the industry’s much-loved cocktail and spirits expert and presenter. He served as the Director of Education at Tales of the…
Megs Miller on creating community, putting family first and building a badass team.
Mar 10 • 44 min
“Those three things are our ethos. Family, community and culture” - Megs Miller Megs Miller is a renowned female superstar in the bar trade who as worked on various hospitality projects around the world from the ‘Potato…
Tim Etherington-Judge on managing wellbeing, making Calvados cool again and on tackling 42 marathons.
Mar 3 • 42 min
“We’re waving the flag and championing the other 24,999 other bees” Tim Etherington-Judge. Tim is a champion of life, wellbeing and ethical sustainability. After a traumatic experience at the Athens Bar Show, he set out to grow and help others within…
Deano Moncrieffe on Tequila flavour enhancers, his mirror margarita and learning to do a bit of everything for success.
Feb 24 • 39 min
“If you have a beef monster munch it brings out the spicy notes in a mezcal that weren’t previously there.” - Deano Moncrieffe Deano Moncrieffe has spent a decade being the Global Brand Ambassador for Don Julio Tequila, teaching the…
Jesse Estes on the future of Agave, twisting classics and the importance of diversity in production.
Feb 17 • 31 min
“In terms of the future of agave spirits, I think we are going to start hearing more and more about these lesser-known agave distillates like Raicilla” - Jesse Estes Jesse Estes is the global brand ambassador of Ocho Tequila and the son of…
Monica Berg on looking to other industry’s, opening up flavours and her ethos on ingredients.
Feb 10 • 28 min
“We wanted to create a place for bartenders who could get together and discuss what is important to them, brand free” Monica Berg Todays guest is a true inspiration in the drinks world. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, she spent time in London as the…
James Chase on sustainability, potato spirits and the importance of brand storytelling.
Feb 3 • 35 min
“Storytelling for us has been the pivotal point of our whole journey. It gives us a reason why we started.” James Chase from Chase distillery is championing the field to bottle ethos of his award-winning products. Acting as the global…
Max Curzon Price on the plight of the bumblebee, concept cocktails and Bacardi legacy.
Jan 28 • 35 min
Max Curzon Price is a Vancouver bartender working at the contemporary dining restaurant ‘Botanist’. Max has been involved in a number of cocktail competitions most notably Barcardi Legacy which he has entered this year with his ‘Plight of the Bumblee’…
Martin Hudak on the world of coffee & cocktails, single origin cream & getting Maybe Sammy to best bar in Australia within the first year.
Jan 20 • 41 min
“I got specific single-origin cream for my Irish coffee, and when I tasted it it was like vanilla, creamy, chocolatey, raisiny. It was delicious” - Martin Hudak Today’s guest is a special one. He was nominated 2019 international bartender…
David Levasseur on family, story telling and how Brexit will affect Champagne.
Jan 12 • 22 min
“I’m a third-generation grower, my grandfather started the business in the 40’s” - David Levasseur David Levasseur is a champagne grower and producer who is the third generation in a family-owned vineyard. He producers around 30,000 + bottles a year…
Suwincha ‘Chacha’ Singsuwan on opening a bar every year, the Bangkok drinks scene and waterbug infusions.
Jan 6 • 25 min
“The waterbug end result actually tastes like pear, a little bit peachy and a little bit fermented.” - Suwincha ‘Chacha’ Singsuwan This week we have the wonderful Suwincha Singsuwan or more commonly known as “Cha Cha”. She’s like…
Nico De Soto on running three successful bars in three different locations, why Asia is taking over and about his love of pandan.
Jan 2 • 27 min
“Asia is taking over. It’s far more interesting in Asia than whats going on in New York right now” - Nico de Soto Nico De Soto the ‘pandan king’ joins us this week to talk all about infusions, running his three award-winning bars and how he…
Will Edge on mastering sustainability, how to choose gin and upcoming trends in the rum industry.
Dec 11, 2019 • 36 min
Will Edge is the Founder of Greensand Ridge, a Kent based distillery creating delicious spirits. The distillery has won a number of awards for its efforts in sustainability with Will using innovative practices to keep carbon neutral. We talk about this,…
Millie Tang on winning competitions, looking after your wellbeing and working on product knowledge.
Nov 26, 2019 • 28 min
Millie had a fantastic 2019. From winning the Licor 43 global cocktail competition alongside Jessie Williamson to being crowned the ALIA bartender of the year 2019, she has shown that with true determination and focus you can achieve a lot. You can find…