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.
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
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.
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.
Gina and Paul get basic as they join the fall PSL trend, trying pumpkin spice lattes from their local coffee shop (Paul also teaches his mom what “basic” means). Hopped up on caffeine, Paul gives a history lesson while they stuff their faces with ginger cookies and apple turnovers before Gina let’s loose on lazy shopping cart users. S
A rare wholesome episode as Gina and Paul gussy up their soda water with a variety of bitters. The duo also check in on the status of their world domination via listener stats and Paul berates Gina for being too nice with her toast and roast.
Surprises abound, as Gina and Paul check out Kinsip distillery’s Duck Island Rum by way of the classic Dark & Stormy cocktail. Gina’s also on a tear against poor grocery store etiquette in the latest installment of Toast & Roast.
Gina and Paul cheers to the end of summer with some refreshing mojitos. They also ponder the possibility of a very special–and presidential–guest (don’t hold your breath) before introducing a new segment that encourages Gina to toast something she’s happy about before roasting whatever has ticked her off lately.