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Saturday, February 8, 2020

How To Drink

Many of my readers know that I’m a drunkard connoisseur of beer. wine, and spirits.  Therefore, I was excited to learn about the "How to Drink" videos on YouTube.

The presenter is Greg who has never been a bartender. However, he has an obvious passion for making cocktails. In each video, Greg shows how to make one to three types of cocktails. They might be classics (such as a bloody mary or a martini) or something with a pop culture tie-in (Friends, Game of Thrones, video game, etc)

So, what’s dieselpunk about a YouTube channel on cocktails? One is the fact that alcohol played a major role in shaping the 1920s with Prohibition. In fact, Greg makes a great video celebrating Repeal Day in which he discusses in length the events surrounding Prohibition.

Another is his music. In each video, his theme and background music is “Hot Lips - Foxtrot” by Bill Brown and His Brownies, which was recorded in 1927. This gives each video such a strong decodence (i.e. the sense of the Jazz Age or Art Deco).

Don’t get me wrong. There are steps Greg could take to elevate each video. His set has a definite man cave feel to it with the head of Bambi’s mom hanging in the background. Plus, he’s got this lumberjack thing going on with his plaid shirt.

However, these negatives are minor and maybe a little picky. I love watching Greg’s videos. There are several how-to-make-cocktails series by others out there. His videos are by far the best on the interwebs. His humor combined with his talent makes his video series binge-worthy.

So pour yourself a tall one and check out his YouTube channel. You’ll be glad you did.

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