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Summer drinks from CT's best mixologists

Three of the state's best mixologists join Chef Plum in studio to talk about seasonal drinks, both spirited and zero-proof, as we slide from spring into summer. Guests make, taste, and give the backstories of the cocktails from their bar menus they're most excited about right now.


  • Tim Cabral: Restaurateur and a co-owner and bartender at Ordinary in New Haven and Bar Piña in Hartford. His new restaurant Gioia opens this summer in Wooster Square, and he’s also a founder of New Haven Cocktail Week.
  • Jade Ayala: Bar Manager and Beverage Director
    at both Oyster Club and The Port of Call in Mystic.
  • Justin Morales: Founder of Up N’ Down Rock and Bourbon and the general manager and a hospitality instructor at Fire By Forge in Hartford.

We have several “drinks of summer” from recent cocktail cookbooks that our producers pored over! There are Blueberry Lemonade Margaritas, a Blackberry Faux-jito, Moscow Mule Popsicles and drinks in “cocktail pouches” from Trap Kitchen’s Street Cocktails book...lots of fun recipes you might want to try for a party or a night in.

This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Katrice Claudio, Stephanie Stender, Meg Fitzgerald, Tagan Engel and Sabrina Herrera.

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Robyn is the host and senior producer of Seasoned.
Host of Seasoned and Restaurant Road Trip.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public where she provides editorial support for the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Katrice Claudio is a producer of Seasoned.
Stephanie Stender is a producer of Seasoned.
Tagan Engel is a producer/contributor and guest co-host of Seasoned. She is the founder of The Table Underground radio show, podcast, and website, and is a social justice organizer and trained chef.
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