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Tag: Better Cocktails At Home

Dec.
31st

New Year’s Eve toast: Checking in with Brian Johnson of Better Cocktails at Home

Pictured here, Brian and Brooke Johnson on Tacoma. They produce a web show called Better Cocktails At Home. Photo courtesy of the Johnsons.
Pictured here, Brian and Brooke Johnson on Tacoma. They produce a web show called Better Cocktails At Home. Photo courtesy of the Johnsons.

Followers of my occasional cocktail features will remember Brian Johnson, the gritty Tacoman who works in marketing by day and hosts his own cocktail show via the web by night (literally -they film the episodes at night after their 3-year-old is put to bed).

I checked in with Johnson on what he’s drinking for New Year’s Eve and what he’d recommend for those hosting a party. Find more of his cocktail advice at his YouTube channel, Better Cocktails At Home. Read more »

Oct.
24th

Thirsty Thursday: Checking in with Brian Johnson of Better Cocktails at Home

Pictured here, Brian and Brooke Johnson on Tacoma. They produce a web show called Better Cocktails At Home. Photo courtesy of the Johnsons.
Pictured here, Brian and Brooke Johnson on Tacoma. They produce a web show called Better Cocktails At Home. Photo courtesy of the Johnsons.

Brian Johnson’s not a bartender, but he plays one on video. The Tacoman is one year and 54 episodes into a  video hobby that tells Tacomans how to make better cocktails at home. That’s also the name of his weekly video series on YouTube.

Johnson’s not the kind of guy who will spend an episode dictating how to steep your own digestif with 324 varieties of hand-harvested forest herbs or how to dust a rim with magic truffle glitter. That’s because he’s lazy. (His words, not mine.)

To make a better cocktail at home, Johnson’s edict is simple. Keep a well-stocked bar. Learn to balance sweet with sour. Use the right spirit with the right mixer. And, most of all, invite friends over to drink your mistakes.

Here’s Johnson’s take on his weekend hobby as a video bartender.

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