Behind the Bar
Episodes & Videos
Behind the Bar
Kenneth McCoy gives viewers a history lesson on iconic cocktails.
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Manhattan bar owner Kenneth McCoy explores the various origin stories of the borough's namesake cocktail, including a myth that it was created by Winston Churchill's mother.
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Kenneth McCoy explains how poor quality Colonial-era rum led to the underappreciated egg cocktail The Flip.
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The Vieux Carre
The Vieux Carre is synonymous with New Orleans, and for good reason, since each component is designed to pay homage to the city's eclectic heritage.
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The Old Fashioned
Kenneth McCoy shares the storied history of the world's oldest cocktail, then provides his own updated spin on the timeless recipe.
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Kenneth McCoy explains how a California gold prospector's celebratory cocktail evolved into the sophisticated martini we know today.
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While America was in the throes of Prohibition, a bar owner catering to American ex-pats in Paris popularized the Boulevardier, a strong cocktail that's hard to mess up.
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Kenneth McCoy explains how Hemingway's Cuban cocktail of choice, the deceptively simple daiquiri, became a joke in the 1970s, thanks to electric blenders and fruity mixers.
About Behind the Bar
Kenneth McCoy, the owner of New York City's Rum House, literally grew up in the bar business. Now, McCoy goes on a one-of-a-kind tour through the history of iconic cocktails.