BIS Black Mirrors and Dark Chocs

Black Mirrors and Dark Chocolates

The Buddies squeeze some Buddha’s Hand into S’mike’s take on The New Black cocktail and then explore the inspirations and hidden, disturbing implications of the much-lauded Black Mirror episode “USS Callister.”

Then it’s on to a late-night blind chocolate taste test, which  goes… not so great.

Also: Old Man Yells at Cloud meets the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon! Cat Wars! Hilarity!

Buddha’s New Black Hand Cocktail:


  • 1/4 ounce absinthe
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce Averna Amaro
  • Dash orange or Angostura bitters
  • 2 fingers of a Buddha’s Hand fruit


  • Place absinthe in a chilled old-fashioned glass and swirl to coat glass
  • Combine rye, Averna, bitters, and 1/2 cup ice in a mixing glass or a cocktail shaker
  • Stir until outside of shaker is frosty, about 1 minute
  • Strain into prepared glass
  • Squeeze Buddha’s Hand over drink to release oils and add to glass


Smorgasbord of BIS

Smorgasbord of Geeky Delights

The Buddies stay on the health train by chugging kombucha grapefruit margaritas while exploring the batshit insane history of Marvel’s least favorite son, Captain Marvel.

Mike also recounts the horrors of throwing his son two separate 4th birthday parties in one weekend, from which he is still recovering as you read this.

Black Mirror and Electric Dreams then get compared and contrasted. Mostly contrasted.

Also: Shitty playdates! The joys of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (the TV show)! And the hidden costs of cutting the cord!

Grapefruit Kombucha Margarita


  • 1/4 cup Tequila
  • 1/8 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/8 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup ginger kombucha (or whatever flavor works in a margarita!)
  • Collins glass with salted rim (or add 1 teaspoon black lava sea salt)


  • Add tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice and simple syrup to a shaker, add ice and shake for 30 seconds
  • Pour into salted glass (if desired, or pour and top with salt after)
  • Top with kombucha, stir gently


BIS Covered Wagon Snake Oil

Snake Oil Samplers

With S’Mike feeling under the weather, the Buddies embrace the non-alcoholic life by devoting an entire episode to taste-testing a batch of insanely expensive, horrifically vile health tonics, tinctures and infusions.

Fear the Walking Tumeric! Run from the stupidity of “raw water!” Embrace the simple palate-cleaning beauty of birch -bark infusions!

Also: Next day gastrointestinal updates, reactions to Michael Wolffe’s “Fire and Fury” and rave reviews of Futureman!


2017 Top Lists of Whatever the Hell We Felt Like

The Buddies warm themselves with Mike’s hard n’ hot apple cider as they see 2017 out the door, counting down this insane year the right way. The Buddies way.

With “Top Whatever” Lists!

Plus: No Star Wars spoilers! Silver linings! GIant-sized litter mats!

Annnd of course, humor…


Hard n’ Hot Cider Recipe

6oz apple cider

2oz Apple Pie Moonshine

1/2 shot whiskey

dried cloves

sliced apple

sliced oranges

Warm all ingredients on stovetop


S'Mike in VR cropped

Live Dispatches from Virtual Reality

The Buddies get a treat in the form of guest bartending from Mel, who stops by to mix up fancy “Paper Crane” cocktails and then runs away!

The very interesting board game “T.I.M.E Stories” gets a careful review, so as to not ruin everything.

Then S’Mike bravely straps on Mike’s new Daydream View VR helmet, and hilarity ensues (just look at the pic!)

Also: Future Man! American Gods! And potential projectile vomiting!


Paper Crane Cocktail


  • Ice
  • 3/4 ounce bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce Nonino Quintessentia amaro (bittersweet Italian liqueur)
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol (bitter orange Italian aperitif)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ginger beer, to taste

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass.


BIS with Special Guest and Fellow Super-Geek, Jake Duell

The Buddies gently sip Carthusian Sazeracs (yup, they’re a thing) and are joined by Mike’s co-worker and friend, fellow super-geek Jake Duell!

Laugh at Jake’s sparkling wit! Marvel at his D&D knowledge! And be wowed by his political science-informed explanation of the history of America’s love of guns!

Carthusian Sazerac Recipe:


2 1⁄2 oz. rye whiskey

1⁄4 oz. green Chartreuse

1⁄2 tsp. simple syrup

Absinthe rinse

2 dashes lemon bitters

Lemon twist, for garnish


Stir rye, Chartreuse, and syrup over ice in a cocktail mixing glass. Add a splash of absinthe into a coupe glass, and swirl to coat the inside of the glass before discarding the absinthe. Strain rye mixture into glass; top with bitters and garnish with a lemon twist.
Stranger Buddies 2

The Buddies Tackle Stranger Things 2

Things start out heavy as the Buddies sip delicious “Bushwhacked By the Holidaze” cocktails and Mike relays some of his own personal tales of being sexually harassed in his younger, actor/waiter years.

Then things take a turn for the… strange (get it?!) as the Buddies spend the latter half breaking down all the (loads of) good and (the little) bad of Netflix’s  Stranger Things 2.

Plus: Secret Hitler! Redecorating disappointment! All the laughs!

“Bushwhacked By the Holidaze” Drink Recipe:

1oz light rum

1oz dark rum

1oz Kahlua

6oz Egg Nog

1 can cream of coconut (just the cream!)


BIS With Special Guest Paul Craffey, Veteran Model, Actor and Dealer of Antiques

The Buddies are joined by an old friend of Mike’s, Paul Craffey, who in his almost 80 years on earth has lived numerous lives, working in the fashion world, acting in film, television and stage and running a hugely successful antiques business.

Marvel at his wit and wisdom! Soak in his humor! And be awed by his many, many celebrity stories!

Jefferson Podcast pic

With Special Guest Jefferson Svengsouk, Literally the Most Interesting Man In the World

The Buddies drink Mike’s original cocktail, the “Medica Libre,” as they are joined by special guest Jefferson Svengsouk, a fellow sake enthusiast and, quite literally, the single most interesting person either of them has ever met!

Don’t believe us? Listen to the podcast and learn a ton about brewing sake at home, playing the Native American flute in Emergency Rooms as music therapy, keeping bees, exercising with maces and much, much more!

See? We weren’t exaggerating!

“Medica Libre” recipe: 2oz white rum, splash Apple Pie moonshine, 3/4 bottle Fentimans Dandelion and Burdock soda,  1 lime wedge.


Smike genes

The Genetic Breakdown of S Michael Smith

The Buddies sip a “Gin-etic” cocktail as they dissect S’mike’s ancestry and genetic traits, courtesy of And what they discover is truly unbelievable!

No, seriously this time.

If you’re curious about what 23andme is all about, this is your best chance to hear an unbiased take on all of the many insights they offer.*

Plus: S’mike’s muscle type in relation to power athletes! Back-hair-offs! And how to get fellatio from white supremacists!

*This episode was NOT sponsored in any way by 23andme. Buttttt… if they’d like to throw us a lil’ sumpin’ for devoting a whole episode to their service, we wouldn’t say nooooooooo…