Matthew Biancaniello is an absolutely inspiring self-made individual – he wrote Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails (and has a second book on the way), hosted the Good Spirits TV series, and has traveled around the world making unique cocktails with unfamiliar ingredients… and he’s only been a mixologist for about seven years!
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I met Matthew during an incredible AirBnB Experience called Sea to Fork, hosted by previous guest Nicole Landers (check out episode 19 if you haven’t already), and I immediately fell in love with his forking awesome mixology philosophy. Matthew actually hosts his own amazing AirBnB experience, too, which highlights our mutual love of biodynamics! You get to go foraging in Malibu for herbs and other plants, harvest them, and then craft cocktails using your natural bounty.
We also discuss:
- Big family dinners full of delicious Greek food
- Cooking with fresh ingredients from a very young age
- How Matthew started bartending (and lost money buying better ingredients out of pocket)
- How a family history of alcoholism influences the way he makes cocktails
- Matthew’s mixology philosophy
- How he marries new flavors with old ingredients
- Why he got rid of his menu
- How Matthew makes every dining experience a journey
- Combining the alcohol world and food world
- How Matthew’s upcoming book reflects his future, and his first book reflects where he’s been
- Being more specific with our intentions