Ep. 46 – Wine Spritzers, “Put it back where you were birthed”

It’s a high volume outing, as Gina and Paul enjoy several variations of wine spritzers. The duo compare pre-mixed and homemade concoctions, including a non-alcoholic option, while gabbing about toenails, vaccines and a much-needed bidet update.

Ep. 45 – Cognac, “I don’t know what you’re squeezin'”

It’s a belated birthday bash for Gina, as she and Paul get deep into Cognac and brandy. The duo talk about the differences between the two while Paul introduces his mom to Busta Rhymes by way of “Pass the Courvoisier”. Gina also rants about an institution she clearly wants to burn to the ground (at least Paul has fun saying so). All this and just how many times can they say the word “cobbler”?

Ep. 44 – Boozy Coffee, “Quiet your puddin’ muncher”

Nothing says “spring is here!” like adding seemingly random shots of booze to your afternoon coffee, at least that’s what our dynamic drinking duo seem to think. Gina and Paul banter about vaccinations, a year of social distancing and more, all while sipping on coffee spiked with whiskey, brandy, rum and whatever else they had lying around.

Ep. 43 – Gluehwein, “If you swallow a penny it will come out eventually”

Another hot drink for a cold day, as Gina and Paul get into some Gluehwein. The duo are still separated by pandemic lockdown measures, but do their best to share recipes of this classic German mulled wine variant, including some brandy, port and whatever else was knocked into the pot. Where will they travel to when this is all over? Who is Gina mad at this time and what does a big sausage have to do with anything?

Ep. 42 – Hot Toddy, “I feel it reaching lower than I want it to”

Gina and Paul battle connection issues as they continue to record remotely, but find comfort in some delicious variations on the classic Hot Toddy cocktail. The duo look back on 2020 and ponder what’s to come this year, all while Gina pines for bigger wine glasses in her future.

Ep. 41 – Coquito, “Don’t be so boisterous when you’re doing the push”

It’s Christmas in lockdown! Gina and Paul do their best to be festive from afar while trying a delicious Coquito. Learn all about this festive Puerto Rican delight (just don’t call it eggnog) as the duo discuss how the pandemic is affecting the holidays and it becomes very obvious that Gina clearly doesn’t know what service Skip the Dishes actually offers.

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Ep. 40 – Scotch, “Don’t mess with me bucko”

Mother and son may be separated due to the return of local COVID lockdown measures, but there’s still a lot to celebrate this episode, as not only did they just pass the 2nd anniversary of the podcast, but it’s also mere days from Paul’s birthday. The latter being the reason he’s finally gotten his mom to try scotch. Hear what Gina thinks of all the peat as the duo sample drams of the Glenlivet 18, Dalwhinnie 15 and Bowmore 12. All this and the return of Mom-talk!

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Ep. 39 – Haunted Graveyard, “You have to lick your drip”

It’s a Halloween extravaganza, as Gina and Paul try a Haunted Graveyard cocktail (as found at Sprinklesandsprouts.com) and go a little overboard on the Jim Beam bourbon. The duo talk trick or treating and least favourite Halloween candy, all while Paul wonders why his mom is sitting in her wedding dress.

Haunted Graveyard cocktail recipe:

  • 2 ounces of bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce of maple syrop
  • A few dashes of bitters (orange or whisky smoke if possible)
  • Shaken with an orange slice and poured over ice
  • Garnished with smoked or fresh rosemary

Ep. 38 – Newfoundland Flower, “You should be so lucky to have me in your bubble”

Gina and Paul are all over the place this episode, as they recreate a recent night on the town with a special cocktail called a Newfoundland Flower. Hot off an afternoon visit to Toronto’s Spirit of York distillery, the mother and son duo are in rare form, bouncing from bidets (of course), people who can’t park and a call out for your hot toddy recipes.

Newfoundland Flower Recipe:

  • 2 ounces of Newfoundland Screech rum
  • 1 ounce of St. Germain liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice

Ep. 37 – AMF, “I just got a tingle where I haven’t tingled before”

It’s a doozy–in both length and alcohol content–as Gina and Paul make up for a few booze-free episodes by going all-in with the infamous AMF cocktail. Five different types of alcohol in one festive blue package! A real “wiffle-maker” as Gina would say, but can her son get her to say what the “F” stands for?