Cigar Society of Chicago

D A N   G A R D I N E R

My Life as a YouTube Star during Lockdown
How I Produced 50 Videos in 3 Months

Dan Gardiner was introduced to the delights of fermented beverages at the ripe old age of 2 with some watered-down wine along the French coast - "Mow Wine" seemed to be the name of the game at that age.  Since then, between scotch distillery tours in middle school and reformatting computers for carefully chosen bottles of bourbon in college, there are few categories of yeast-inspired delight that have not been yet sampled and enjoyed. 

When the Covid quarantine caused a rapid increase in the amount of free time available, what was he to do but start a video series to accompany the evening cocktails produced by his ever-expanding collection of liquors?  After 50 videos covering 54 drink recipes, he's now racked up over 75 subscribers, 100 hours of watch time, and 2,000 video views. 

In this episode, he'll walk us through the story of how his YouTube channel Dan's Bar came to be, what he's learned along the way, and finish up with an audience-participation-encouraged mixing session.

For those planning to mix along at home, here are the two drinks on tap for the evening:

The Night Tripper
The Martinez
- 2oz Bourbon
- <1oz Amaro
- 1/4oz Green Chartreuse
- Bitters

- 2oz Gin (Juniper-forward)
- 1oz Sweet Vermouth
- Dash Maraschino Liqueur
- Orange Bitters
- Angostura Bitters

If those don't tickle your fancy, may I suggest as an alternative:

Mezcal Old Fashioned The Nightcap (serve warm)
- 2oz Mezcal
- 1oz Anejo Tequila
- 1/2oz Agave Nectar
- Chocolate Bitters
- 3 Drops Alcohol-based Orange
     Extract (float)
- 2oz Tequila
- 1oz Amaro
- 1oz Allspice Dram

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
5:30-7:00 pm CDT

Sign in 5:00-5:30 pm for informal cigar and cocktail chatter.
The event will be called to order at 5:30.
There will be a Q&A session following the lecture. Audience participation is invited.
The event will conclude at 7 pm.
An optional cocktail party and discussion will continue after the event.
Be sure to have your cocktails and cigars at ready hand.

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at