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A Dude and His Drink

What is it about the The Dude? The Big Lebowski has made an impression both on me, and on popular culture as a whole, that seems to be greater than the movie itself should warrant. Thinking about the film I can’t think of a particular theme, character, or image that I can identify as being...

Pineapple Upside Down Shot

There are two schools of thought when it comes to the shot. My dear friend from across the pond Pip likes to make fun of American shots. Apparently in the UK a shot is just that. A shot glass full of a hard liquor, designed to overwhelm your liver and thus speed the rate of intoxication. Like medicine, a...

Drinking at Conventions

If you listened to Episode 18 you might have heard me telling the audience about a few of the amazing room parties that I attended at the Steampunk Symposium that weekend. I stand by my statement that cons are the only place where I have attended parties that are anything like the ones in the movies. In...

The Classic Daiquiri

  When looking into a good rum drink for Episode 17 I was surprised to learn that the daiquiri, rather than being the girly, frozen, fruity drink that my mom used to drink on New Years Eve, was considered a manly man’s drink. It was beloved of JFK, Hemingway, and generations of pirates and...

The Martinez with Molly Wellmann

From her pin-up fabulous hair to her classic tattoo’s, Molly Wellmann is clearly a woman who takes the best of what the past has to offer and gives it her own modern touch. When Charlie and I sat down with Molly at her bar Japp’s in Over the Rhine for Episode 15‘s Bottoms Up segment I knew...

Angel’s Envy Makes The Angels Beg

In Episode 14 Charlie and I tried Angel’s Envy bourbon for the Bottom’s Up segment of the show and I wanted to write-up my reaction as well. I will start out by giving my usual disclaimer for my drink reviews. I am not an expert on bourbon or any other kind of liquor and I am proud of my...

The Lady Killer

This week on the Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie and I whip up a very tasty little cocktail with three classic cocktail ingredients: gin, vermouth and bitters. Ironically, all three of these ingredients were once considered medicinal. Despite its infamous reputation and the less than flattering nickname of...

Never Order a Black and Tan in Ireland

I believe that I have already confessed that despite loving their commercials and their record book, I don’t actually care for the taste of Guinness. It’s one of those drinks that I want to like but just haven’t developed the palate for it. In the past though, I have enjoyed drinking a Black and Tan. To the...

Who Wants a Delicious Aloysius?

Normally on Tuesdays we post the recipe to the drink we are making for this week’s podcast so those of you who wish to can play along at home while you listen to us imbibe. But this week is different. While you will hear some of the ingredients of the lovely dueling drinks Delicious Aloysius and Sex...

The Singapore Sling

This week we are presenting yet another historic cocktail: The Singapore Sling. As you will hear in Episode Nine of The Charlie Tonic Hour, it is a favorite of our house band, Doctor Bombay and the Atomic Bachelor Pad. With a name like that you just know that they are going to be fans of drinks with little...

How to Host a Happy Hour and Save Your Sanity

As you will hear in Episode Nine of The Charlie Tonic Hour, this year I’ve been spending my Thursdays with a remarkable group of friends for “Happy Hour.” Like traditional happy hours, our gathering is centered around having a few drinks and complaining about work. We save money by meeting at one of the...

America’s Oldest Cocktail: The Sazerac

  I love a good, strong cocktail. There is a certain mystique that is associated with mixed drinks that you just can’t get from wine or beer. Mixing a drink makes you part chef, part historian and part alchemist. Like jazz and free public libraries, the cocktail is a home-grown invention that makes me...

Schlafly’s Reserve Barleywine Ale

  For those of you who are unfamiliar with my drink reviews, it has long be established that I am far from an expert. There are plenty of very good and informative beer reviewers out there who know what they are talking about. I am here to give the enthusiastic amateur’s opinion about drinks. In...

Taste The Charlie Tonic!

  Here  at The Charlie Tonic Hour we like to think of ourselves as a multi-sensory experience. We offer your ears excitement with our weekly podcast. We provide a visual and intellectual feast with the website’s blogs and pictures. We’ve been told that we give great hugs and we like to...

Cure for the Common Cold Discovered in Cincinnati

  Producing episode four is going to be a bit of a challenge this week because we have a lot of coughs and sniffles to edit out. As you will hear, Charlie and I were fighting a nasty cold during this week’s show. I was the one during the recording who was coughing and hacking but now it’s Charlie’s...
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