The Gist: Cocktail Craft for the Holidays, and Abraham Grinchstein.

Why Did The Grinch Hate Christmas? Mike Pesca Knows The Truth.

Why Did The Grinch Hate Christmas? Mike Pesca Knows The Truth.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 24 2014 4:02 PM

Abraham Grinchstein

The little known backstory of the seasonal player-hater.

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The Grinch was Jewish?

Photo Illustration by Slate. Original Art from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

Listen to Episode 163 of Slate’s The Gist:


Thanksgiving cocktails are about a nice drink with your family, but for Christmas it’s fully medical. Today on The Gist, we return to Hudson Clearwater for a drink with Peter Thomas Fornatale and Chris Wertz. For the Spiel, Mike reveals the real reason the Grinch hated Christmas.


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Here’s a recipe from the episode. You can find more great cocktail ideas in Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Distilling and Cocktails from the World’s Hippest Borough.



A twist on the traditional Godfather doctored with smoky citrus bitters and a hint of single malt.

1 ½ oz Blended Scotch

Scant ½ oz Amaretto

Smoked orange bitters from Cocktailpunk

Two spritzes of Ardbeg whisky with an atomizer

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.