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Welcome to Season 3 of The Cocktail Guru Podcast!
The Cocktail Guru Podcast

The Cocktail Guru Podcast

Hosts Jonathan and Jeffrey Pogash talk food, drink, entertainment and all things delicious, luxurious, and fun on The Cocktail Guru Podcast.

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Recent Episodes

May 15, 2024

Release the PieCaken with Zac Young (S3 E14)

On this edition of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, host Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash talk the sweet life—literally—with celebrity pastry chef Zac Young: Bravo, The Cooking Channel, Food Network, and Netflix baking veteran and creato…
May 1, 2024

Not Just a Bartender Meets Beautiful Booze with Chris Leavitt & Natalie Migliarini (TCGP S3 E13)

On this edition of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, live from Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip, Jonathan Pogash talks the look of life from behind the stick with Chris Leavitt—bartender, social media sensati…
April 18, 2024

The Guilded Bartender with Livio Lauro (TCGP S3 E12)

On this edition of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, live from Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip, Jonathan Pogash talks organizing bartenders—no, it's not like herding cats—bar designing, beverage engineering,…
April 4, 2024

Green's Finest Meets the Wiz with Duane Fernandez & Pamela Wiznitzer (TCGP S3 E11)

Live from The Vault, the ultra-exclusive bar inside the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, host Jonathan Pogash talks bartending, chasing challenges, and embracing opportunities—plus a fair bit of whiskey wonkery—…
March 21, 2024

The BarSomm Meets the Moscow Mule with Rachel Kling (TCGP S3 E10)

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash deep dive the Moscow Mule—yes, it has a history, its roots are in Hollywood, and it's a far more engaging tale than you'd ever imagine—and talk th…
March 7, 2024

Tequila Thespian with Joe Mantegna (TCGP S3 E9)

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, host Jonathan Pogash talks film, television, and tequila with acting great Joe Mantegna, co-owner of Señor Rio, a very special agave spirit born of business, love, and shared pas…
Feb. 25, 2024

Chefwise with Shari Bayer (TCGP S3 E8)

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash go behind-the-scenes at some of the world's legendary restaurants and bars with intrepid foodie and world traveler Shari Bayer, founder of Bayer P…
Feb. 8, 2024

The Miracle Worker with Luis Lopez (S3 E7)

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash talk cocktails, spirits—including, of course, agave spirits!—and a whole lot more with Milagro Tequila Ambassador Luis Lopez, a literal "miracle-w…
Jan. 25, 2024

The Working Actor with Joel Johnstone (S3 E6)

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash talk with SAG Award-winning actor Joel Johnstone about his journey from the American heartland to Hollywood and, in the process, realizing the dre…
Jan. 11, 2024

Winning Speed & Style with Yael Stormborn (S3 E5)

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash talk winning speed, style, and substance with Speed Rack bartending champion and award-winning bar program director and consultant extraordinaire …

About the Hosts

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Jonathan Pogash

The Cocktail Guru

“The Cocktail Guru™,” is one of the most premiere cocktail consultants and bartenders for restaurants and spirit companies. His signature cocktails can be seen and enjoyed in many of North America’s most upscale cocktail lounges and restaurants. With nearly 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, Jonathan shares his insights with the most influential publications from around the world, and contributes his unique talents to morning television shows and national radio. Jonathan has appeared on such programs as NBC’s “Weekend Today in New York” and “Fox & Friends”.
Just as an Executive Chef may work their way up through the ranks “behind the line,” Jonathan has worked his way up from being a barback at The Russian Tea Room in NYC, to Owner and President of “The Cocktail Guru™,” a well-respected, full service beverage consulting firm. Jonathan was trained by cocktail luminaries Steve Olson, Gary Regan, Julie Reiner, and Albert Trummer. Throughout the years, a style emerged – that of a career bartender interested in studying technique, cocktail history, fresh ingredients, and seasonality. His inspiration lies in unique ingredients and quality ensuring that every beverage program he creates remains consistent and thrives throughout the years.

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Jeffrey Pogash

F.O.O. (Father of Owner)

For the past eighteen years, Jeffrey Pogash has worked in the Communications Department at Moet Hennessy USA, the importer of luxury wines and spirits. He retired as Director of Communications on Sept. 1, 2011. During his tenure, Jeffrey’s responsibilities included garnering press for the entire Moet Hennessy portfolio of champagnes, wines, and spirits.
Prior to joining Moet Hennessy, Jeffrey spent seventeen years as the U.S. representative for the CIVA, the organization that works on behalf of all growers, shippers, and cooperatives in the region of Alsace, France. Before joining the CIVA, Jeffrey studied wine and wine tasting with Steven Spurrier and Jon Winroth at L’Academie du Vin in Paris, where he lived for three years. Upon his return to the United States, Jeffrey studied for his Master’s Degree in Philosophy at Rutgers University and was a freelance writer and copy editor for Vintage Magazine. In 1975, he wrote his first book, How To Read A Wine Label, A Dictionary of French and California Wines. Jeffrey’s most recent book, Bloody Mary, was published in October 2011 by Thornwillow Press.

 

 

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