- Product: Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks
- Distiller (Authors): Andre Darlington and Tanaya Darlington
- Mashbill: 200+ pages of Cool Music and Cocktail Recipes
- Age: Must be 21 or Older (to drink the cocktails, not to buy the book)
- Year: 2018
- Proof: Varies
- MSRP: $25 on Amazon
Ok, so a little tease using our bourbon review format but what is this book all about? It’s a fun way to approach pairing cocktails and music. It takes things a little over the top but if you are going to throw a listening party I think this offers a nice blueprint to follow. The book offers tips on what bar items to stock, how to prepare a wide variety of cocktails and suggestions on when to play what albums. They offer more then 50 recipes that use 2 or 3 ingredients, so you can choose how complex you want to get with the pairings.
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Rock, Dance, Chill and Seduce are the overarching themes with various album recommendations to follow suit. I tried pairing a few of the albums with a few cocktails and admit that they did a great job putting them together. Hosting a whiskey tasting while jamming to The White Stripes album White Blood Cells works well and helps keep the energy of the room up during what could be a quiet affair. I didn’t go for a Yorsch (2 ounces of Vodka, 1 Beer mixed and chugged) as suggested but I could imagine it would’ve done the job fine in my 20’s going to a Nirvana concert. Of course, sipping a great Manhattan on a date with your special someone can only be improved with a little Sinatra playing. I won’t report my personal results on that combination, but I would suggest it’s worth a spin.
Mood plays a tremendous role in how we enjoy our libations and I’m fully convinced that it can have an affect on the actual flavor. Our minds play tricks on us all the time. Sometimes we can trick it on our own and I think Booze and Vinyl offers a little magic to help set that mood.
Growing up in Minnesota gives a person a great appreciation for anything that warms the body and soul. Whiskey and wine have been helping to warm Luke for many years. Jim Beam and coke morphed into whiskey waters and eventually Bourbon. Two buck chuck led to several trips to Napa Valley and a love for most varietals of wine. He is fortunate enough to have traveled most of the US through his career in financial services. A beautiful and understanding wife mostly tolerates his other hobbies including golf, hunting, and reading. 2 young kids keep them busy as well. Appreciation for the subtle differences that each decision a distiller makes keeps him coming back for more and has him excited for the future.
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