Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Trans-Atlantic Throwdown Episode 2

TATPodcast Episode 2 Links:

PINTS: Against The Grain
Ransom Old Tom Gin

POLITICS: The Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear.
Buckley vs. Hefner

MUSIC: The Cramps and The Misfits.
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

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  1. Enjoying your podcast. I especially like the politics part. I'd love to hear more about people making a difference. I think it's awesome how you've done a truly international podcast and reference the places you live. It's also great to hear good conversation from two longtime friends who have kept in touch over the years.

    One thing I really have to point out--because it keeps coming up again and again and grates on my ears...Paddy, the "a" in the second syllable of "Nevada" is pronounced like the "a" in "cat,", not the "o" in "Tom." I know that most people outside of Nevada say Ne-vaw-duh, but if you listen to people who are from there, Frank's pronunciation is correct.

  2. Frank & Paddy -

    Another classic 'cast, and thanks for the shout-out.

    I'll give you a tip for gin, Paddy: look for jenever from Holland, it is basically Old Tom style gin, and you should have no trouble finding it in Ireland.

    Frank: I went to Beltramo's here on the SF Peninsula last weekend and bought some hand-crafted gin called Dry Fly, which is from Washington State. It's not Old Tom style, but it is really good.

    Here's the classic Martinez formula:

    2 oz Old Tom
    1 oz sweet vermouth
    1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur (this is NOT the same thing as maraschino cherries)
    Angostura bitters (to taste)
    Lemon twist for garnish

    Gary Reagan (the ultimate living god of the cocktail - check him out sometime) says to stir it and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and I would agree given the viscosity of the gin and the Maraschino. Shaking it would cause it to be cloudy. If you do decide to serve it on the rocks (gasp!), use a freakin' huge piece of ice to give it a large surface area to chill it quickly, but make it less likely to melt and dilute.


    Tengrain (who is a dude)

  3. Thanks BigWOWO for the linkage, much appreciated! And thanks for your kind words. Paddy since moving to Ireland has adopted some of their dialect inflections LOL.

    @Tengrain Wow, thanks for the recommendation. I'm pumped to add another gin to my collection, I'm look forward to trying it. I tend to use one huge piece of ice or at most three pieces when I have Ransom on the rocks. Maybe I'll try that Martinez recipe tonight!

    Apologies for making the wrong statement about your gender. (insert foot in mouth)

    Glad you've enjoyed our cast thus far!