Gina and Paul are back with another socially distanced episode, this time having done a curbside drop of some of Gina’s favourite Gibson’s whisky. The duo try both the sterling and 12-year aged varieties while catching up on creative pursuits during lockdown, a classic Mother’s Day photo and Gina’s unique complaints about feminine facial hair.
Connection problems may plague this latest, self-isolated episode, but Gina and Paul still manage to enjoy a Quarantini cocktail. The duo tackle the tough questions, like how is Paul’s new bidet? What does Gina miss while stuck at home? And, most importantly, how did Paul turn out so great?
- 3oz Gin or Vodka
- 2oz lemon juice
- 2 tbsp honey simple syrup (boil honey and water)
- Vitamin C powder (or ground orange peel) rimmer
It’s a very special, socially distanced episode, as Gina and Paul stay in the comfort of their respective homes and talk over the phone. Avoiding the liquor stores and making do with what they have means Paul’s trying an Old Timber cocktail while Gina has fun with two different Cosmos. Naturally, the conversation turns to bidets and a roasting of anyone not taking the Coronavirus pandemic seriously.
Gina and Paul are all over the map this episode, as they try a heavily garnished Pimm’s Cup. The conversation flows from Pimm’s history to doorway etiquette all the way to self-flushing toilets. Grab yourself a tall glass of Pimm’s and enjoy the ride.
Pimm’s Cup Recipe:
- Slices of cucumber and lemon gently muddled in a tall glass with ice
- 3 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
- 3 oz. ginger ale
- Garnish with more cucumber, lemon, a sprig of mint and optionally an orange wheel or strawberry (or be like us and do it all!)
Gina and Paul are back whether you want them or not. They ring in the first episode of 2020 with a tasty Brandy Alexander cocktail while discussing the difference between brandy and Cognac. Get your earplugs ready, as there may even be a mercifully brief attempt at a singing duet.
Brandy Alexander Recipe:
- 1 1/2 ounces of Cognac/brandy
- 1 ounce of dark Crème de Cacao
- 1 ounce of cream
- Mix in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a coupe
- Garnish with nutmeg
Feist – Brandy Alexander
More Christmas shenanigans as Gina and Paul try the festive poinsettia cocktail. made with sparkling wine, the duo take the opportunity to sample Lighthall’s Progression and get into the differences between that and traditional Champagne. There’s also a non-alcoholic version of the cocktail for good measure and Gina gives her final toast and roast of the year.
Poinsettia Cocktail Recipe:
- 3 parts sparkling wine
- 3 parts cranberry juice
- 1 part Cointreau/Triple-Sec
- Orange zest
Poinsettia Mocktail Recipe:
- 3 parts ginger ale
- 3 parts cranberry juice
- 1 part orange juice
- Orange zest
It’s a nog-off, as Gina and Paul sample 4 different kinds of eggnog, mixing in the classic Newfoundland Screech rum for good measure. Between the standard variety as well as coconut, almond and Evan Williams pre-mix, which nog will come out on top? More importantly, how many times can we say “nog” in one episode? Gina’s also got a few choice words for impatient holiday shoppers.
Gina’s in for a nasty surprise, as Paul introduces her to the Terremoto, a classic Chilean drink that packs a punch. While the homemade pineapple ice cream melts the duo get into a bit of Chilean history, a few more haikus and Gina teaches Paul about fancy hats.
- Scoop a healthy amount of pineapple ice cream into a 500ml glass (plastic solo cup for extra authenticity)
- Fill with Pipeño wine (substitute a sweet white wine)
- Add about a 1/2 ounce of Fernet Branca
- A dash of Grenadine (optional)
- Have another and see if you can still feel your legs
Gina and Paul celebrate a full year of putting up with each other by opening their first members box from the Kinsip distillery. The resulting variation on the Manhattan includes an ultra-rare saffron liqueur, maple whisky and special cherries. The duo also discuss proper glassware and look back on their favourite (and least-favourite) cocktails of their first year.
It’s a Halloween extravaganza as Gina and Paul don some wigs and try the classic Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail, including a taster of absinthe for good measure. Gina’s also pretty fired up about pooper scoopers, so there’s that.