Every Friday comes with the satisfaction and hope that there is less responsibility for you to deal with. People do different things with their weekends. Every Friday I will be posting a playlist for certain situations or themes. This weekend I put the legwork in because... science and I love you guys enough to do it . We will be discovering what makes a drink a drink and during the process I will be picking songs that match the drink's taste. I would like to thank the lovely people at Liqour.com and my bartender for putting up with me throughout the 'experiment' .
.5oz Dry Vermouth
Add Both ingredients to a mixing glass, fill with ice, stir, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnishwith a whole cocktail onion.
Song: A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins
A twist on a drink James Bond would order matches a song that sounds like a twist on a 80's Bond Theme ala Duran Duran A View to a Kill. A Girl Like You is sharp, weird, and posh with enough personality to differentiate from what could've been a typical James Bond theme.
Hot Buttered Rum
1tbsp Hot Buttered Rum Batter
Add Rum and batter to a mug. Fill with boiling water and stir.
Song: One Hand Washes the Other Clarence Clarity
Again I put the legwork into trying most of these drinks even if they were woefully seasonally inappropriate. This drink is equal measures intense and smooth when you get used to it. What better song matches these attributes than this song. It is the definition of the drink in reverse when the ending completely loses it's mind.
Spicy Grand Margarita
.5oz Simple Syrup/Agave Nectar
.25tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1pinch Chipotle Chile Powder
1.75oz Reposado Tequila
.5oz Grand Marnier
.75oz Fresh Lime Juice
Coat the rim of a rocks glass with salt, fill with ice and set aside. In a shaker, muddle the agave nectar/simple syrup, red pepper flakes and chile powder. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain through a tea strainer into the prepared glass. Garnish with a jalapeno/red chile pepper.
Song: Magalenha Sergio Mendes
I could have been predictable and crude and put That Heat as the song, but where that song aims for chill vibes, Magalenha applies the heat in spades. It's fast, festive, it makes the listener active and come to life just like the fiery drink.
2pt Absolut Vodka
.75pt Fresh Lime Juice
.5pt Amaro Montenegro
.5pt Brown Sugar Syrup
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a double Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Song: Losing You Solange
A bittersweet drink needs a bittersweet song to counter balance it. Losing You was Solange's first foray into her new R'n'B sound and it's possibly the most recognizable. Sonically the song captures the sweetness of love and bitters of realizing it's in the distant past.
1oz Bourbon/Rye Whiskey
Pour whiskey into a shot glass, fill a pint halfway with beer, and drop the shot into the beer.
Song: Hot Dreams Timber Timber
A beautiful pairing whiskey and beer, what better than pick a beautiful ballad that sounds as hickory as the drink tastes.
.5oz Apple Cider Syrup
.25oz Allspice Dram
.25oz Orange Juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into an Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel.
Song: BRANDY Looking Glass
Earlier I said I am going to avoid being crude and predictable yet I apply the one song named BRANDY to the brandy drink. In fairness however the song does feature a lead singer that has a heavy husky voice to match a heavy drink. Also how doesn't a country/folk song not remind you of apple cider syrup.
1oz Green Creme de Menthe
1oz White Creme de Cacao
2oz Heavy Cream
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Grate fresh nutmeg directly over the center of the drink.
Song: Magic Sophie Ellis Bextor
An airy dessert drink that is sweet as possible needs a song that is weightless and glides through the air. Magic is a flighty song about love that needs a ton of sand bags to bring it back to Earth. From the synthesizers to the singer's sweet vocals makes the song a sweet dessert.
2oz Larceny Bourbon
1oz Simple Syrup
1oz Lemon Juice
2 Angostura Bitters Dashes
2 Peychaud's Bitters Dashes
Add bourbon, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice to a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Top with bitters and garnish with mint
Song: Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want) Justin Timberlake
In the process of doing this experiment I began to apply characteristics to drinks to help me find a song to match it. For this drink, from the name to the ingredients, I got the feeling of a rascally fun person and I thought of Justin Timberlake. Also I just assumed Justin likes to drink Bourbon, luckily the song gives off a tropical (citrus-y?) vibe.
Blood and Sand
.75oz The Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
.75oz Cherry Heering
.75oz Orange Juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
Song: Peanut Butter Sandwiches Milo
A tough drink to get through with some sweet notes hiding in there to meet you is how you would describe a broad view of Milo's style. On this song he is whispering over an ethereal melody, providing impact in ever bar he spits. It's a nice surprise for what could have been a song that meanders too much and doesn't make a definite point.
Mango Brava Daiquiri
2oz Mango-Infused Rum
.5oz Lime Juice
.5oz Simple Syrup
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Song: Rock With You Michael Jackson
A sweet drink that's smooth and get's you to dance. Some argues that's all Michael ever wanted everyone to do. It's explicitly clear on this song that's his goal. Off the Wall is one of my favorite Michael Jackson albums just for the carefree nature of the piece and this song/drink encapsulates it in spades.