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RestaurantI am Nick Fisher, host and creator of the YouTube webseries Cocktail Chemistry. Let me know your favorite drink, video you'd like to see, or just AMA!

Jan 28th 2018 by CocktailChem • 47 Questions • 1529 Points

Hey guys! This is Nick, the deep-voiced torso and host of Cocktail Chemistry (proof).

My YouTube channel owes a lot of it's success to the Reddit community, and hitting the front page with some of my weird creations has inspired me to keep this side hobby an important part of my life.

My videos range from crazy presentations of cocktails to basic cocktails and fundamentals for those getting started. I've also done some fun recreations of drinks from TV and movies.

Ask me anything about cocktails and spirits, filming/editing on an iPhone, being a YouTuber, or hiding a dad bod with a black button down shirt...

Currently drinking:

9:00am: Pour over coffee with homemade Kahlua and cream

10:55am: Mimosa with fresh orange juice

12:07pm: Amaro Montenegro on the rocks

EDIT:

Hey team, that's gonna do it for me today! I'm off to get lunch and prep for the live chat this afternoon. This was awesome, hope to do it again sometime.

Cheers!

Nick

Q:

Is there a certain ingredient you are just obsessed with? I for one will drink just about anything with campari in it!

A:

I love campari too!

I used to answer this question with "ginger", and loved making my own ginger syrup for moscow/kentucky mules.

These days I'd say Mezcal has me really intrigued. I love all the flavor combinations you can do with it, and generally swapping out gin for mezcal in cocktails is an awesome move


Q:

Whats the easiest to make but tastiest drink you can recommend?

(Also, will there be any more future collabs with bingingwithbabish in the near future? I really enjoyed watching that one haha)

A:

I had a great time collaborating with Andy! Hope to do it again sometime, maybe next time he's in SF (ahem u/oliverbabish)

Easiest tasty drink 2oz of your favorite spirit (bourbon, mezcal, gin, vodka) into a highball glass squeeze half a lime into the glass top with ginger beer and stir

Done, delicious


Q:

What modern cocktails (i.e. made in last 15 years) do you think will be future classics?

A:

oo good one.

I'd bet money on the Paper Plane


Q:

Would your rather drink 100 cocktail-sized horses or 1 horse-sized cocktail? If you were only allowed to drink one kind of liquor for the rest of your life, why would I ask when the only answer is whiskey? Did you have any homoerotic urges when you collaborated with Binging with Babish?

A:

All I read was horse-sized cock. I think that answers your last question too.

Will never forget when our beards touched <3


Q:

Why hide your dad bod? Don't be ashamed of it. Also. How do you prefer your old fashions? I like eagle rare as a base.

A:

Shirts off series?

Eagle rare is a great one. I'm particular to rye old fashioneds, often an aged WhistlePig.

Then I add 2 hits of ango, a barspoon of maple syrup, stir over a big clear ice rock, and finish with a lemon twist.

That might be next...


Q:

how about highwest campfire? Idk if my ego can handle a shirtless series. I wouldn't be able to focus on the cocktails...

A:

I love the campfire! Have a bottle in the liquor cabinet as we speak


Q:

What is the most complicated drink you have ever created?

A:

This, hands down


Q:

That was beautiful. Before clicking the link I first thought how hard can a drink get, boy was I mistaken. Great skill.

A:

thanks! went through a ton of booze to get that technique right


Q:

Is there a fictional cocktail you've wanted to tackle but haven't been able to?

A:

Hmm, the hardest one I did was the pan galactic gargle blaster, but that was a fun creative process.

I get asked a lot for Snake Juice from parks & rec, but dont really know where to start with that one!


Q:

I think you take whatever is at the bar and dump it in a mop bucket and stir

A:

DONE


Q:

Actually, it was meant to be a reference to the movie Lucky Number Slevin, where the main character spends most of the movie trying to convince people that he is not Nick Fisher. It’s a pretty amazing movie. I didn’t even know there was a drink (though it’s really not that surprising).

A:

ahhhhh got it haha. Yeah when that movie came out I didnt hear the end of it


Q:

I like piña coladas! What is the best brand of tequila?

A:

If you're mixing into a piña colada, I wouldn't break the bank! My go-to is Tapatio (yes, same name as the hot sauce). Good price and great quality


Q:

I like oranges and Rum what would be a good cocktail i could try?

A:

The Havana cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounces Gosling’s rum
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Dash of orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until cold, and then strain into a cocktail glass


Q:

Loved your collab with Babish! Do you have any plans for another in the future?

A:

Nothing on the books! But I wouldn't be surprised if we did another at some point. He's definitely upped his collab game since we did ours though!


Q:

I've been wondering about this when it comes to many YouTubers and streamers. I get to ask it from you as, you sent me a notification on my phone via YouTube and I have nothing better to do at the moment.

What is your endgame in the interwebs, professionally? If everything goes the way you're hoping it does, where does the channel and everything associated with it take you? Do you have a safety net or a backup plan if things go south?

Thanks for taking the time to do an AMA, I wish you all the best and keep producing great content!

A:

I love this question because I think about it a lot. Currently I have a full time job in something completely unrelated (product marketing in cybersecurity). The full time job pays the bills and the YouTube channel serves as a creative outlet for me. It really works a different part of my brain and gives me a lot of satisfaction to interact with the community.

If the channel ever hit a point where the revenue was sustainable, or a crazy opportunity came up to do a show or something, I'd consider trying it full time. But living in SF and paying SF rent, I'm a ways off I think :)

Thanks for the question!


Q:

What is the cheapest alcohol that you like?

A:

Smirnoff. I'm not picky when it comes to vodka, so I'd never spend money on it. My go-to vodka is called Gruven though, I think it's from Poland


Q:

Pepper vodka and watermelon juice. You get the refreshing cool watermelon, then the spice from the pepper hits you at the end and you're like "woah!"

A:

I bet a peppery moscow mule would be awesome


Q:

I know you're content is focused on cocktails but, do you have a favorite sipping drink to have neat or on the rocks?

Also, as many other have said, keep up the great work!

A:

WhistlePig Rye or Japanese whiskey is good.

Really getting into the Amaro category these days as well. I love an Amaro Montenegro on the rocks for a lower abv drink


Q:

Love your channel! Really like how creative and experimental you can get. My question is - Have you used an ingredient that at first glance, you wouldn't expect to work in a cocktail, but surprisingly it does? If so, what was the ingredient and cocktail?

A:

Vinegar. Seems so out of place in a cocktail, but when I made a cocktail with a ginger shrub I fell in love with it. So complex.

Also, salt. Like literally adding a pinch of salt to a cocktail. It really enhances sweetness and tempers bitterness, just like in food.


Q:

You must unsubscribe from all but 5 content creators on YouTube. Who stays?

A:

Babish h3h3 Nerdwriter CGP grey How to drink


Q:

Why How to Drink? What do you like about that channel?

A:

I love the presentation of cocktails, and Greg's a natural in front of the camera. We were kicking it in NYC last time I was there, good dude, follow him

u/thisishowtodrink


Q:

Hi nick, first of all great work and love your channel! Here's my question: out of all the videos you made, which was the most fun to make and film? Keep up the great work!

A:

The most fun I have is with collaborations probably. The one with Andy from Binging with Babish was a lot of fun since we were on the same page with everything, plus he's a rad dude.

The Fog Burner was a lot of fun too, I was really happy with the presentation in the end


Q:

Hey! First of all I wanted to thank you for your awesome content on YT, I really enjoy watching it :) I want to ask you if you enjoy other (simpler) beverages too, like beer or wine? Btw my favourite cocktail is Tequila Sunrise - I know very easy and simple :D, but do you have any suggestions which kind of Tequila one should use for it? Or how you could pimp it up a little bit? Sry for any grammatical errors and greetings from Germany! :))

A:

I'm more a wine guy, but I like a weisse beer on a hot day!

As for the tequila sunrise, I might suggest a riff on the bees knees

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 0.75 oz honey syrup (2 parts honey, 1 part water)
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz orange juice

Q:

Hi. I follow your videos over on r/cocktails. Great work.

Favorite drink is a Sazerac. What's your recipe for one?

A:

Nice! That's a great community over there.

I like the PDT recipe

  • 2 oz Rittenhouse bonded rye whiskey
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 demerara sugar cube

Muddle the sugar and bitters, then add the whiskey and ice. Stir and strain into a chilled, Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe-rinsed rocks glass. Twist a lemon peel over the surface and discard.


Q:

Oddly enough, that's pretty much my own recipe as well, but I often dash absinthe right into the mixing glass. Sometimes I add a dash of my homemade orange bitters.

A:

oh nice, how do you make your bitters?


Q:

Potato or grain-based vodka?

A:

I have both in my cabinet, I can't tell the difference. Maybe my vodka palate is off but I'd just go with a decent $15-20 bottle


Q:

How would you make an eggnog? I love making it from scratch using brandy.

Also, I think I invented a drink using Milagro tequila, lime juice, Boylan ginger ale, and a whipped egg white. Served in a highball glass with ice. Is this already a thing?

A:

that sounds tasty!

Here's my eggnog recipe: http://www.cocktailchemistrylab.com/home/eggnog?rq=eggnog


Q:

Thanks! Might have to make it a summertime-in-the-a/c drink!

EDIT: Do you have a brandy preference?

A:

I usually go with an armagnac since it's more reasonably priced than most cognacs


Q:

Hey Nick, you're by far one of my favourite web series! A little while ago I ordered a Gin Old Fashioned in a bar but haven't been able to replicate it. Any suggestions what I might be missing?

A:

Thanks! Man I've actually never seen a gin old fashioned before! What country was this in?

There is such a think as a gin sazerac, try that and see how you like it


Q:

Love the vids! In one of them, I suggested using vapor instead of smoke to make the presentation last longer. Did you try it? No real aromatics but it dissipates less.

A:

Hmm, not tried it!

The smoke is both for visual and aromatic effect though, I love that applewood flavor


Q:

Any superhero themed cocktails you recommend?

A:

Jokers revenge. Jalepeño mezcal margarita served on a playing card

I dunno I'm just spitballing here


Q:

Do you add a cayenne salt rim or is that too much spice?

A:

do it!


Q:

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A:

yep, I have a younger sister


Q:

I Seem to only know of Southern Comfort drinks plain mixed with Cola or Dry.
What other drinks would you suggest trying with Southern as the star of the show?

A:

To be honest, I haven't had SoCo since college :(

I might throw it in a whiskey sour but pare back the simple syrup


Q:

Hi Nick! Thanks for doing the AMA. My question is, besides your channel, what are other good YouTube channels for us cocktail nerds? Thanks!

A:

How to drink

the morgenthaler series on the Small Screen Drinks channel

Distinguished spirits does some great stuff as well


Q:

Favorite rum based cocktail?

Btw huge fan! Keep up the good work :)

A:

dark and story with ginger syrup, or a daiquiri


Q:

Thanks for the AMA, I'll definitely pull up your channel today!

Question: what is the best amount of muddling when creating a Mojito? I know some mixologists that prefer slapping the mint to express oils before simply adding to sugar, and others will muddle until bitter. Thoughts?

Also- is there an easy way to make mojitos for a crowd (or honestly ust a giant one for mahself at home)

A:

I'm in the slapping camp (sounds dirty)

You're really getting it for the aroma as well, so need a big bouquet slapped and placed on the top of the drink as well.

No idea how you'd batch those, especially since the mint flavor tends to dissipate


Q:

Hi, lately I've been making Irish mules, but instead of limes/lime juice I use apple slices, apple juice, dash of cinnamon and spoon of honey. It's become one of my favorites. Does this have a name so when I go out I can order it?

Edit: I just have to say this is my first time hearing of you, but your channel is mind blowing.

A:

Wow that sounds good! Is there enough citrus though? You could add a touch of citric acid to balance it

No idea if that already exists. I'd call it the irish american pie


Q:

Hi! I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your channel! After watching couple of your videos I started making cocktails at home. Right now my favorite is Smokey Grove by Jonathan Pogash. I recently bought some white dog whiskey and in plan to age it at home, but before that I am thinking of infusion with some aromatic tobacco. Do you think that it is a good idea?

A:

hey thanks!

You know I haven't gotten into tobacco infusions, they can be dangerous if not done properly.

Maybe someone in r/cocktails can answer that one


Q:

Know any good drinks with Root Beer in them? Love me some good sodas.

Also, the best mocktail you’ve ever had?

A:

Hmm, not with root beer. Rum would probably pair well.

If I were tasked with creating a cocktail I might make a boozy rootbeer float by reducing the rootbeer 6x into a syrup, and shaking it with cream and rum into a rocks glass.

edit: as for best mocktail, all of these ones are awesome


A:

woah, sounds amazing and dangerous


Q:

Great! Thanks. Is there any way that you can think of to substitute the 5 big boozes for non-alcoholics? (Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Whiskey, & Rum) [So, basically anything that goes reliably well with each one so that it pairs with the other things in the cocktail too?]

A:

hmm, to be honest it's not an easy swap. The cop out answer is water (still or sparkling), but a good mocktail should be designed without alcohol.


Q:

I have a large bottle of Bulliet rye. I've been making pretty decent old fashionds with it. Do you had any kind of special take on this old school classic?

A:

use maple syrup as the sweetener, and black walnut bitters


Q:

I'm torn at the moment between Kahlua and my old neighbours homemade Damsin Gin. Sadly, I've yet to find a way to mix the two.

Any suggestions?

A:

uhh, a white dutch? Poor attempt at a white russian spinoff...


Q:

Thanks for advice, I will be causeous with tobacco infusion. I have one more question, last week I bought italian Limoncello and had made some cocktails with it, but nothing impressive. Can you suggest a good cocktail recipe for it?

A:

Huh, never seen a cocktail with limoncello!

Maybe just a little of it with some prosecco would be tasty


Q:

I've recently got into making flavoured syrups. My Earl Grey gimlet is currently going down a storm with my group of friends, but I'd like to branch out a bit. Are there any flavoured syrups that you'd particularly recommend, and how would you use them?

(Also, Long Island Iced Tea. I don't know if you've done a video on them yet, but I'd love that.)

A:

Ah nice, I've been meaning to do a tea video (probably with some fat washing).

You can make flavored syrups from almost anything! Try a raspberry syrup and a clover club cocktail, it's one of my faves


Q:

I don't know what fat washing is, but that sounds great. I'd love to see it! People always seem to shit on the Long Island as a way of just getting hammered quickly, but a good Long Island is a joy forever -- especially when you start getting into different mixers and syrups.

I love raspberries, so I'm all in on that. I guess it's just boil up the raspberries, strain out the pulp and seeds and add sugar?