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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.
 
Excerpts from new plays by female playwrights. Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project is a portrait and sound installation which seeks to bring visibilty to playwrights who identify as female. Through portraits and podcasts we bring awareness to what remains to be widely seen and heard.Photography and concept by Jody Christopherson.Sound plays recorded and designed by Natalie Johnsonius Neubert
 
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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…
 
The Caribbean is made up of a number of ethnic groups, mostly as a result of colonialism between the 18th and 20th centuries. To commemorate Indian Arrival Day throughout the Caribbean, this week's episode discusses the roots of Indian indentureship with doctoral student Cristine Khan and how connecting these histories is integral to Caribbean conn…
 
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…
 
Class is in session! For this very brief episode, we recap major themes and takeaways from our first six episodes as part of our regular Review Sessions. With each Review Session, we ask you, our listeners, to fill out a brief survey on your thoughts and what you'd like to see from Strictly Facts moving forward. Connect with Strictly Facts - Instag…
 
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…
 
Traditional or folk style and dress in the Caribbean has a long, intricate history that differs across the region. Speaking with textile researcher Lauren Baccus, we discuss folk style's early origins and its complicated evolution as a staple of cultural celebrations today. Let us know your thoughts via the Voicemail feature on our website! Lauren …
 
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…
 
Dialects, creoles, patwa/patois, there are so many names for languages spoken in the Caribbean. Caribbean languages have been historically degraded in favor of the colonial position that has long advocated for "standard" English over our own native tongues. Speaking with linguistics expert Dr. Joseph T. Farquharson, we discuss how these languages h…
 
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 (…
 
Religion is an integral part of Caribbean history and culture, some of which were introduced as a result of colonization and enslavement and others that are syncretic religions, or made up of a combination of religions. In this episode, Dr. Aliyah Khan and I discuss a handful of Caribbean religions, the influence of music and culture, and her recen…
 
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…
 
This episode of Strictly Facts charts just some of the connections between the Caribbean and its diaspora as a result of slavery and migration. This episode charts both direct and indirect connections to places London, New York, Louisiana, and the southeast US coast to discuss how West Indian culture and ideas has impacted different parts of the wo…
 
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…
 
Caribbean geography is often defined by the Caribbean Sea, but our historical and cultural borders go well beyond these physical boundaries. In this episode, we talk about how to define the boundaries, inter-regional travel, and migration around the Caribbean with our very first guest, scholar Melanie White. Melanie White is an interdisciplinary sc…
 
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…
 
Kicking off Black History month, this episode discusses the importance of oral storytelling in the Caribbean. From familial stories passed down through generations to historically significant folktales, oral histories are not only one of the earliest forms of historical narratives, but this form of storytelling features details often left out of hi…
 
“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…
 
Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History and Culture is a podcast and educational platform that aims to educate and celebrate Caribbean history through our art and music, hosted by Alexandria Miller. Subscribe now to get our very first episode when it launches on February 3rd to kick off Black History Month. Connect with Strictly Facts - Instag…
 
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 …
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: 2way Rockaway With a mind for business and a soul for spirits, Bridget started her career on Wall Street at a hedge fund as a consumer goods investor with a focus in alcoholic beverage companies. But being a brilliant overachiever, Bridget then set her sights even higher, and in 2012, she founded NYC’s only rum di…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: The 2nd Wave…Don’t Catch It, Just Ride It // Hot & Toddy // Pear Your Tequila It’s the 3rd Annual Tipsy Tomfoolery & Tryptophan Friendsgiving episode, which means it’s 3 times the fun and we are serving up 3 times the recipes. Not only does Gina mix up an amazing cocktail recipe you can enjoy while you’re stuffing…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Some Like It Hot, Mezcal & Chill, Pumpkin Mezcal Old Fashion & Squash Elixir There’s a chill in the air and leaves are falling, so it’s a perfect time to cook up a seasonal simple syrup, craft a few tasty cocktails and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon. #CocktailingAloneTogether and get squashed with Louise & Gina. The…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Changing Fashion Jill’s political aspirations started early in life. As a very young girl, she was inspired by her father’s involvement in local politics, and ran for student president with a catchy campaign slogan of, “Don’t be a turkey, vote for Barkley.” This early win would be a foreshadowing of what was yet to…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Monumental Boilermaker In 2011, Bill saw an opportunity: there was no packaging brewery in the DC area. So, with his love for craft beer, expertise in fine wine sales and brand building smarts, Port City Brewing was born. At neck-breaking speeds, it quickly became a leader in the DC and Mid-Atlantic markets. Since …
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Kentucky Snow Cone “The Trigger,” Kelsey’s debut album, is at the intersection of raw sincerity and pure sass that harkens back to the legacies of the tough-as-nails country women. Her approach to music is authentic and she doesn’t shy away from sharing her vulnerabilities or her tenacity. Every lyric of this album…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Bronx Cocktail One may wonder if Chris picked the hospitality industry or if the hospitality industry picked Chris. It is a world that he has found much success, even though it has never let him rest on his laurels. The proof in that pudding can be found in his catering company, CBassWithDill. Not looking to feed t…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Garrett’s Tequila Seltzy At the mere age of 26, Garrett fell in love with Maui but with all she had to offer, something was still missing: craft beer. So, this lover of beer heard opportunity a-knockin’ and set out to create a local brewery that would craft authentically Hawaii-inspired brews, and Maui Brewing Comp…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Vanilla Daiquiri As if being the Director of Communication for the ACLU of Virginia isn’t enough, Edith always makes “giving back” a priority. She actually makes being charitable look easy and the rest of us look down-right lazy. For her, giving back is a selfish act, since as she puts it, she gets back more than s…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: Jason’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere and Bey’ONDA’ Rickey Jason reminds us, there’s more than just one path in life and there’s no such thing as the right path—we only have our own path. Shortly after starting life as a corporate lawyer, he soon came to realize it wasn’t the life he wanted. What he wanted was to create som…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Champagne Rickey Kelly has poured her heart and soul into developing the ALX Community and it shows. As a visitor, we were warmly welcomed by her team and members, alike, which speaks to her commitment in building a flexible workspace that feels like home. In her spare time (insert laugh track here), she focuses on…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Cross Island Fruit As a strength coach at her own gym, the Blue Collar Barbell, Shawna’s dynamic result-driven philosophies help others become a healthier and a stronger version of themselves. For her, fitness is a way of life which is quite clear considering she can easily deadlift a compact car! On record, her be…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Dirty Gin Martini Cat Ramey. She’s an animal communicator. She’s a trained telepath. And she’s blowing Louise & Gina’s minds. They both had so many questions for Cat, from Gina’s, “Does my cat hate me?” to Louise’s, “Do animals tell you their owner’s dirty little secrets?” Which she asked a bit too late, considerin…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Frozen Kamikaze It’s the dog days of summer, so who better to spend it with then the CEO/Founder of Canine Dominion, Jay Lewis? He’s spent his life honing his dog training skills—including 12 years in the US Air Force—which is a good thing because not only is he a Designated Drinker, he works with Louise to help tr…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Ellen’s Trinity Taking a holistic approach to health, Meghan integrates her in-depth nursing background with her knowledge and experience in using food, nutritional and herbal supplements—along with a few suggestions about lifestyle—to help restore her client’s health and well-being. As the Center Director of Hulli…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: And All That Spritz If you look up the word “hustle” in the dictionary, you will find a portrait of Micheline with her daily to-do list in hand. She’s the mother of three and the Deputy CEO of Sunnyside Restaurant Group, where she oversees the development of all their restaurant concepts, from inception to opening …
 
Get the featured cocktail recipes: The Sunflower & Whisky Sour Scott was going through his self-proclaimed mid-life crisis. His career as an IT engineer, although very successful, was no longer fulfilling and left him wanting more from his professional life. What was the cure? Leaving it all behind and opening a distillery, of course. His first cha…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: The Crushable Piña Colada Adam’s original concept for the Coconut Club was to deliver a fun-filled, beach-inspired party experience but with the pandemic, he was forced to rethink this approach. So, he and his team quickly pivoted their business model, thought beyond the negative and fortunately, Subbies was born. …
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: Perfect Rob Roy Gregor started out producing reality TV, but he later found a love for acting—let it be the stage, television or an Indie film, his inner thespian needed an outlet. Although, life had more instore for him. After taking a side hustle job as a caregiver for 92 year-old Holocaust refugee, Maria Altmann…
 
Get the featured cocktail recipe: My Daiquiri Is Too Jellylicioius Of course, family business comes with complications but for Valerie, it’s a true blessing. Her professional life is fully entwined with her family life, and she couldn’t be happier. She focused her marketing smarts to strengthen the Nalls Produce brand, innovate their communications…
 
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