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
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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.