Mixologist of the Month: Max Messier of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (WTF)


Max Messier, Owner / Bar Chef – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a new, conceptual bar and restaurant slated to open in Brooklyn, NY in Fall 2011. It will serve the general public of New York City as the first market-driven and handcrafted cocktail emporium and kitchen equipped with a custom-built iPad Beverage Menu system. Under Foxtrot’s roof, we’ll have a bar full of craft distilled spirit selections, eclectic New American and International fusion culinary selections, local and nation craft beer taps, wine on tap and an extensive bottle list, a multitude of seasonal and monthly hand-crafted cocktail menus and signature house-produced collection of syrups, vermouths and bitters.

1. Top five songs spinning on your iPod (or record player!) right now:

1. Holy Ghost – Jam for Jerry
2. Iron Maiden – Wasted Years
3. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Act on Impulse
4. Cold Cave – Confetti
5. Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

2. Your most “rock-star” maneuver behind the bar:
I have a tendency to light stuff on fire. A bit of a cliché but give me some Chartreuse and fresh herbs or a citrus peel plus an open flame and it’s on like Donkey Kong

3. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
Campari – a bit gruff on the first sip and then so goddamn bright and refreshing at the finish.

4. Best music to close up to after last call:
It’s a toss up between the beautiful decay of Salem versus the smooth and subtle voice of Mr. Conway Twitty.

5. Bizarre, unexpected, surprisingly delicious cocktail recipe:
Mr. Disco – Sage Tea-infused silver rum, my own Pineapple Paradise Syrup with honeysuckle, pink peppercorns and cardamom and my Pineapple of My Eye Bitters

6. Best concert you have seen in the last 5 years:
I have two amazing shows – Robyn at The House of Blues in Cleveland (February 2nd, 2011) and VNV Nation at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco (March 16th, 2010). A grown man shouldn’t shed that many tears during a two-hour concert.

7. Favorite drinking song(s):
My whisk(e)y and me love to sing the songs of The National, The Smiths, The Cure, Tegan and Sara and of course – Mr. Conway Twitty.

8. Imagine you are in a band: what are you called and what do you sound like?
The Family Secrets – We are an electro-future-pop/doom metal/math rock/industrial country western band.

9. If you could have a conversation across the stick with any rock star (alive or dead) who would it be, and what one question would you ask him/her?
The rock stars would be Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe and I would ask ‘em how has it been possible for each of them to stay together for the past 30 years as Pet Shop Boys.

10. Choose a band or song and create a signature “Rocktail” for our readers!  Include drink name, recipe, preparation and glassware.

Guns of Brixton

Chinese Gunpowder Iced Tea, Willet Pot Still Reserve Bourbon, Campari and Demerara Syrup with a lemon twist.

Brew tea and settle to room temperature. 2 oz Iced Tea, 1.5 oz Willet Pot Still Reserve Bourbon (or Jim Beam Black Label), .25 oz Campari and .25 oz Demerara Syrup (1 part hot water & 2 parts turbinado sugar)

Shake and strain over ice into an old-fashioned tumbler. A single lemon peel twisted for a fly-by over glass and then slotted into the drink. We have cocktail magic!

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Rocktail # 12: The Sympathy Flip

Artist: Scattered Trees
Hails From: Chicago, IL

1: The one bottle of liquor that is on your rider at all times:
We’ve always got a bottle of whiskey on the rider — Dickel #12. We’ve been known to down a communal bottle pre-show while watching Good Will Hunting and shedding a few tears.

2. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
I think the best answer here is Jack and Coke. Hard and true but goes down sweet. American goodness. That or Makers Mark with a splash of ginger ale. A smoother whiskey with a little bit sweetness.

3. Favorite bar you discovered on tour:
The dives start blending together after a few states, but we definitely played a meaningful show or two for good crowds at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Lots of red light and old friends.

4. Most tragic or triumphant inebriated moment on stage. Spill it!
One time Nate drank a bit too much right before we went on stage. Once everyone was in position to start the performance he looked over at Jason and said, “It’s possible that I don’t remember the words to any of our songs.” Then he laughed really loud and went on to sing the entire set without a mistake. Triumph or luck? You decide.

I was playing a show and had 1/3 of a fifth of jack daniels to myself right before we went on stage. I played through the entire set but don’t remember being there for half of our set. Apparently I sang great but played my guitar terribly. I thought I lost a gray hoodie that night but instead woke up the next day with it on as well as 3 t-shirts. Most people usually have less clothes on after drunken nights like that. I’m assuming I was cold?
- Ryne

5. Raw eggs in cocktails: Gross or Glorious?
Definitely glorious — our bassist is a Bloody Mary master. Also there’s no such thing as too many vegetables in a delicious red concoction.

6. Best late night grub hub after a night of drinking:
We’ll hit up wherever the local grease joint is. Also, Scattered trees never turns down good Mexican food, even for breakfast. Picante on Damen and Division in Chicago is a good choice when you’re in our town.

7. Your band’s drinking toast of choice (think “cheers” not “bread”):
“It’s all happening.” from the movie Almost Famous. It sums up our excitement about what’s happening at that moment. As a band we try to earn and appreciate all the little rewards along the way to the big ones.

8. Finish this sentence: Last time I took home a bar man or maid…
They passed out on their couch in a camel stretch position so I left.

9. Your favorite hometown watering hole:
We love to play a show and have a drink at Schubas in Chicago. Nice and moody, woody, warm. And the waitresses are cute.

10. The song on your newest album best enjoyed with a boozy buzz:
“Four Days Straight”

Listen & Download: Scattered Trees - Four Days Straight

Rocktail: The Sympathy Flip


Description:
Heartfelt, mournful, sympathetic and therapeutic – this is Scattered Trees’ debut album Sympathy in a nutshell.  The delicate and sentimental material, inspired by the loss of lead singer Nate Eiesland’s father, inspires the listener to connect with sorrow in one’s own life, or to feel empathy for a person entrenched in such difficult times. To balance out the uneasiness inherent in this beautiful body of work, we prescribe a digestion-aiding cocktail that leaves one feeling evermore comforted with each successive sip – enter the The Sympathy Flip.  This drink is similar to the New York Flip except Cognac is substituted for Bourbon. Camus VSOP Elegance fits the bill nicely with its rich harmony of sweet fruity notes and a light touch of oak and vanilla.  A mixture of Tawny Port, cream, egg yolk, and a pinch of nutmeg give this concoction a full-bodied creaminess yet maintains its balance and drinkability.  The band’s tour starts July 22nd – go see them in your town and then mix up some ‘sympathy’ to reflect!  …that is unless the venue bartender has fresh eggs on hand. 

Recipe:

Glass: Cocktail or Cordial

Preparation:

  • Combines all ingredients and dry shake (without ice) for 10 seconds.  Then add ice and shake again for 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain into serving glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

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July Mixologist of the Month: Avery Glasser of Bittermens Bitters & Amor Y Amargo


July 2011′s Mixologist of the Month is Avery Glasser, Co-Founder of Bittermens Bitters and Amor Y Amargo.

1. Top five songs spinning on your iPod (or record player!) right now:

1. Proud to be an Okie from Muskogee (Merle Haggard)
2. Shipping up to Boston (Dropkick Murphys)
3. Flakes (Frank Zappa)
4. Gangster’s Paradise (Hawaiian cover by Johnny Aloha)
5. Five Years (David Bowie)

2. Your most “rock-star” maneuver behind the bar:
Well, I didn’t ever snort a fifth of Chivas down the neck of a guitar or anything like that, though we do have a nice cognac and I might be able to find a ukelele… I really don’t think of what I do as being rock-star quality, I just go up there, try to give a good performance for everyone who has paid admission and try not to burn out after many long nights away from home.

3. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
Varnelli Amaro Dell’Erborista – it’s a challenge to find, extremely bitter to the point that it puts people off, but if you spend some time getting to know it, there’s a shitload of character lurking underneath. Damn, that’s poetic.

4. Best music to close up to after last call:
I do have a preference for closing up to Ziggy Stardust for some reason…

5. Bizarre, unexpected, surprisingly delicious cocktail recipe:
The Redemption – a drink that actually works with Jägermeister. 3/4 oz each of sweet vermouth, Averna, Jägermeister and Lairds Bonded Applejack, dressed with 6 drops of Bittermens Burlesque Bitters, 12 drops of Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate, served on the rocks with a splash of club soda.

6. Best concert you have seen in the last 5 years:
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) at the Royal Albert Hall during his first concert tour in 30 years. The man can still sing.

7. Favorite drinking song(s):
Country Roads, sung poorly with 8000 other revelers at Munich’s Oktoberfest.

8. Imagine you are in a band: what are you called and what do you sound like?
If I was in a band, I don’t know the name, but I can tell you it would sound like shit, that’s for sure. I can barely carry a tune in a bucket.

9. The album you blast when getting ready for a night out on the town:
Getting ready for a night out on the town? Between the bar and Bittermens, that’s a bit of a luxury I don’t have. When I go out, it’s usually not the sort of night where I need to get amped up first. I’m an old man, damnit. Get off my lawn.

10. Choose a band or song and create a signature “Rocktail” for our readers!  Include drink name, recipe, preparation and glassware.

It Ain’t Easy (David Bowie)

1.5 oz Becherovka
3/4 oz Varnelli Amaro Dell’Erborista
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
12 drops Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
Dash Angostura
3 dashes Maraschino
Top with soda water

Build in a rocks glass with a couple of rocks. Grapefruit twist. It’s not a drink for everyone and it’s a bit, shall we say, challenging… but what was ever good that was easy?

 

 

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L’Homme Punch

Artist: Rubblebucket
Hails From: Brooklyn, NY
Interview with guitarist, Ian Hersey

1: The one bottle of liquor that is on your rider at all times:
Jameson!  Palatable to most of us, mid-level so there’s a chance we’ll actually get it once in a while.  The only issue is restraining Alex from taking the bottle on stage.

2. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
Personally?  Maker’s Mark, neat, at 2am.  It’s a drink that says a lot, like “I sure do feel classy” and “I am going to regret this tomorrow” and “I am in no condition to decide what I can afford.”

As for the band as a whole, I’d like to think we’re the musical equivalent of FourLoco.  Wild, amped, trashy fun.  (Note: Not an endorsement of FourLoco.  That shit will kill you.)

On second thought…  Maybe we’re Redbull and Vodka.  (Energy – Inhibitions) + Recklessness.

Or maybe we’re tequila shots..  this is a deep question.

3. Favorite bar you discovered on tour:
Founder’s tap room in Grand Rapids, hands down.  Some of the best beer in America, and the staff are the best people on the planet.

Toronado in SanFran is a close runner up.  You’ll stick to the floor but you won’t notice after a few Pliny’s.

4. Most tragic or triumphant inebriated moment on stage. Spill it!
We played one festival that I will never live down.  A perfect storm of chips and salsa for dinner plus unlimited vodka pineapple in the green room.  Highlights included a horribly mangled guitar intro, mumbling nonsense jokes into the microphone, and walking offstage to smoke a cigarette… mid-song… The rest of the band was losing it just watching me (all while playing their asses off nonetheless).  Luckily I don’t make a habit of that.

5. Raw eggs in cocktails: Gross or Glorious?
Gross!  Save it for breakfast.

6. Best late night grub hub after a night of drinking:
There’s a dim-sum place in downtown Boston that’s open till like 5am.  Unfortunately I’ve never been there in a state to remember what it’s called.

Also, as a Pennsylvania native, I’m obligated to rep Sheetz.  Where else can you get mac and cheese and condoms at 3am?

7. Your band’s drinking toast of choice (think “cheers” not “bread”):
We usually just go “whoooo!”

8. Finish this sentence: Last time I took home a bar man or maid…
N/A.  Bartenders are usually pretty wary of our band.  There’s nine of us, and the majority are pretty insistent on drinking lots, and for free.  We do tip well, though!

9. Your favorite hometown watering hole:
Most of us live in Brooklyn, so that’s a really tough call.  If I had to choose, I’d say either Spuyten Duyvil or Brouwerji Lane.  Silly names aside, both are amazing beer bars.

10. The song on your newest album best enjoyed with a boozy buzz:
“Silly Fathers” is expressly for pre-gaming in your bedroom.

Listen & Download: Rubblebucket - Silly Fathers

Rocktail: L’Homme Punch


Description:
The eclectic and hypnotic rhythms of Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket are the inspiration for this week’s Rocktail, The L’Homme Punch.  This eight-piece musical kaleidoscope is comprised of 3 Parts horn-fueled retro funk, 2 parts tropical dance party jam, 1 part lush instrumental texture, 1 part female-forward anthemic vocals – shaken with afro-polyrhythms, and garnished with pop sensibilities.  The band’s music shouts summertime fun, and what better way to honor that energy this 4th of July weekend than with a vivacious punch! An ode to their psychedelic french groove track, L’Homme (track 2 on the band’s new album Omega La La), this drink’s base comes from Rhum Agricole, a product of the French West Indies distilled from fresh pressed sugar cane that lends notes of dried fruit, spice, wood and pepper. The Clément V.S.O.P integrates nicely with the Chai Tea flavor profile that includes among others cardamom, ginger, star anise, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla.  Agave syrup lends a vegetal sweetness which is balanced by fresh lime juice, and a dash of Bittermens ‘Elemankule Tiki Bitters ties this punch together with an extra layer of cinnamon and allspice.  Drink up and party down!

Recipe:

  • 2 oz Rhum Clément V.S.O.P.
  • 1 oz Spiced Chai Tea (pre-chilled)
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Agave Syrup
  • 1 dash Bittermens ‘Elemakule Tiki Bitters
  • lemon peel to garnish
  • (Lime wheel and grated nutmeg optional to garnish)
  • To make a punch bowl (aka a Rubblebucket) serving 6-8, change the ounces above to cups.

Glass: Punch or Highball

Preparation:

  • Muddle 1 lemon peel at the bottom of a mixing glass to extract the oils. Discard
  • Combine all other ingredients in shaker and shake hard with fresh ice for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into serving glass and garnish with a lemon peel and lime wheel. Grated nutmeg optional.

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June Mixologist of the Month: Michael McIlroy of Milk & Honey


June 2011′s Rocktail Culture Mixologist of the Month is:

Michael McIlroy, Bartender at New York’s venerable Milk & Honey

1. Top five songs spinning on your iPod (or record player!) right now:

1. Essentially the entire u2 back catalog
2. Cut Copy – Sun God
3. Punch Brothers – Rye Whiskey
4. Ok Go – End Love
5. Gil Scot Herron (r.i.p) – The Bottle(live)

2. Your most “rock-star” maneuver behind the bar:
My most Rock Star maneuver has to be constantly showing up night after night and banging out the best drinks….

3. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
I think its a Martini. Just an elegant, beautiful drink that will never get old and always stand the test of time!! Or perhaps just a shot of powers…

4. Best music to close up to after last call:
Its got to coincide with your mood. Normally, we’re pretty music savi so someone always has just the tune to make counting the money that little bit better.

5. Bizarre, unexpected, surprisingly delicious cocktail recipe:
London Cocktail – Rye Whiskey, orgeat and a entire egg. Delicious.  (Editor’s note: here’s the closest recipe we could find)

6. Best concert you have seen in the last 5 years:
Daft Punk. Coney Island.

7. Favorite drinking song(s):
Suspicious Minds – Elvis

8. Imagine you are in a band: what are you called and what do you sound like?
I’d be in U2 and we sound amazing!!

9. The album you blast when getting ready for a night out on the town:
Alive by Daft Punk

10. Choose a band or song and create a signature “Rocktail” for our readers!  Include drink name, recipe, preparation and glassware.

Michael’s Rocktail: Cyprus Avenue

Van Morrison is a fellow Belfast boy like myself and ‘Cyprus Ave’ is an area of town I used to go to for house parties back in the day…. That and also cause its my favorite song and one of the greatest albums ever recorded!!

Recipe and Preperation:  In a Whiskey glass, soak a sugar cube in angostura bitters. Add a barspoon of soda water. Slightly muddle to make a light paste. Add 2oz Redbreast 12yr.

Add ice.  Stir. Garnish with a orange and lemon twist.

 

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Rocktail # 10 – Stop Sip and Roll

Artist: J. Roddy Waltson and The Business
Interview with:  Steve Colmus (drums) and Logan Davis (bass)
Hails From: Kansas City, MO

1: The one bottle of liquor that is on your rider at all times:
Is Maalox alcoholic?  Jack Daniel’s or Stoli, depending on who’s turn it is to not drive that night.

2. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
Mudslide.

3. Favorite bar you discovered on tour:
The Clairmont Lounge in Atlanta, GA.  It’s like a strip club run out of your uncle’s basement, with your aunt’s friends as the dancers.  And they play garage rock while all this is going on.  If Heaven has a bar…

4. Most tragic or triumphant inebriated moment on stage. Spill it!
Our last time through The Dame (R.I.P.) in Lexington, KY, we got completely hammered and slogged our way through The Drunkest Set We’ve Ever Played.  Everyone was trashed – people were falling off stools, we were all in the wrong keys, we had to start songs over, our friends were walking out.  We learned alot that night, and even though one of our friends thought it was “a complete f***ing embarrassment,” we had a blast at the time.  Tragedy and triumph all mixed together.

5. Raw eggs in cocktails: Gross or Glorious?
We’ve never tried this, nor would we welcome into our homes anyone who has.  Raw eggs are for mohawks and training montages only.

6. Best late night grub hub after a night of drinking:
Taco Bell.  Grilled Stuf’t Burrito. (Substitute refried beans for the beef.)  Great for the morning-afters too.

7. Your band’s drinking toast of choice (think “cheers” not “bread”):
“Whoa Bundy!”

8. Finish this sentence: Last time I took home a bar man or maid…
“She became Billy’s girlfriend.”

9. Your favorite hometown watering hole:
Rocket to Venus in Baltimore.  Kickass jukebox, rad bartenders, The Brewer’s Art’s Resurrection Ale on tap, and The Best mac ‘n cheese on the planet.

10. The song on your newest album best enjoyed with a boozy buzz:
“Used to Did.” It was written to sound like those moments when you’re just kicking life in the asshole and want everyone to know it.

Listen: J.Roddy Waltson & The Business - Used to Did

Rocktail: Stop Sip and Roll


Description:
The gritty whiskey tinged rock of J. Roddy Waltson and The Business is the inspiration for this week’s Rocktail.  Touching elements of gospel, country, and soul-fueled southern rock, “the business” truly knows how to bring the heat and deserves a stiff sprit forward drink to pair.  Enter, the Stop Sip and Roll, aka The Brain Duster, invented by the good folks at Prichard’s Distillery. “The Hot Roddy”, while wholly amusing, wouldn’t quite do their s
ound justice.  Adhering to the band’s whiskey preference, this cocktail incorporates Prichard’s Tennessee Whiskey mixed in equal parts with Vieux Carre Absinthe and Dolin’s Sweet Vermouth.  A blend of nutmeg and black pepper on the surface brings a spicy finish, topped with Jerry Thomas’s Decanter Bitters for a subtle clove, angostura bark and cinnamon finish.  This baby is potent, complex, and delicious. Stop Sip and Roll!

Recipe:

Glass: Small Wine Glass or Coupe

Preparation:

  • Stir the Whiskey, Absinthe, Vermouth, and two dashes of bitters in a mixing glass over freshly cracked ice to chill (for 30 seconds or roughly 40 rotations of the spoon)
  • Strain into serving glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and course black pepper.  Serve!

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Rocktail # 9 – Rev. Peyton’s Root Sazarac


Artist: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Interview with: Breezy Peyton, Washboard Player
Hails From: Brown County Indiana

1: The one bottle of liquor that is on your rider at all times:
Jack Daniels (no substitutes).

2. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
Jack and Coke…the soda not the nose candy. Because beer is for men and
whores, and I am neither.

3. Favorite bar you discovered on tour:
Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, SD.  They still have a bullet hole on the wall
from when Johnny Paycheck got drunk and shot it.

4. Most tragic or triumphant inebriated moment on stage. Spill it!
I don’t drink on stage, I save the partying for after the show. My fear of
shitting myself on stage like a friend I know keeps me sober before playing.

5. Raw eggs in cocktails: Gross or Glorious?
Gross as shit, however I once had a hard boiled egg in a Bloody Mary in El Centro, CA and it was delicious.

6. Best late night grub hub after a night of drinking:
Gyros at any local place.

7. Your band’s drinking toast of choice (think “cheers” not “bread”):
“Don’t get any on ya!”

8. Finish this sentence: Last time I took home a bar man or maid…
I think the Rev. Peyton (my husband) wouldn’t take to kindly to that.

9. Your favorite hometown watering hole:
The Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN home of the first and best Punk Rock Night!

10. The song on your newest album best enjoyed with a boozy buzz:
2 Bottles Of Wine from our last album “The Wages” is pretty damn good for getting loaded to, but you have to be careful that two bottles of wine doesn’t turn into 12 bottles
of wine.

Listen: Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band - Two Bottles of Wine

Rocktail: Rev. Peyton’s Root Sazarac


Description:
The rootsy country blues of Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band is the inspiration for this week’s cocktail, The Reverend’s Root Sazarac.  The Reverend and band celebrate rural life with swinging, footstomping sing-alongs which makes one feel should be best enjoyed at a rawkus cabin in the woods BBQ – should one happen to stumble upon such a thing. The Root liqueuer in this variation of a Sazarac represents the band’s down-home feel that makes you want to kick up your heels and boogie!  Root’s components of smoked black tea, birch bark, and sassafras lend a potent herbacious Root Beer-esque quality which blends harmoniously with Jack Daniels Single Barrel – a robust Tennessee whiskey full of character.  The recipe then follow Sazarac suite with a rinse of Vieux Carre Absinthe (a dynamic, delectable expression) and Peychaud’s Bitters, both lending an Anise quality which dances with the Root.  If you’re headed to Bonnaroo tonight, make a few of these in the campground, and be sure to catch the Big Damn Band’s set at 8:30pm at the Troo Lounge!
For the rest of you, check out their tourdates and go get your dance on!

Recipe:

Glass: Small Old Fashioned Glass

Preparation:

  • Take 2 small old-fashioned glasses and chill one with ice while preparing the drink in the other.
  • soak one sugar cube with Peychaud’s bitters (3 dashes) and muddle with a tiny splash of water
  • add the Root and Jack Daniel’s.
  • Stir over ice for 30 seconds (or 40 rotations of the spoon) for a proper chill
  • Empty the first glass of chilling ice, add the splash of absinthe and twist the glass coating the entire inside.  Then quickly pour out excess absinthe. (I know we hate to see it go too. )
  • Strain the components of the second glass into the Absinthe rinsed glass
  • Garnish with a wide twist of lemon.

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Rocktail # 8 – The Bitter Blood

Artist: Chamberlin
Hails From: Burlington, VT

1: The one bottle of liquor that is on your rider at all times:
Cheap but not sleezy whiskey…we love Canadian Hunter

2. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
Gin and tonics: Smooth and refreshing, playful yet powerful, and we always end up doing something stupid.

3. Favorite bar you discovered on tour:
Crocodile lounge in NYC. Free personal pizza with every beer. Trouble

4. Most tragic or triumphant inebriated moment on stage. Spill it!
Playing in Reno NV to a completely empty room. We drank to numb the loneliness then played Chamberlin’s version of a “jazz odyssey”

5. Raw eggs in cocktails: Gross or Glorious?
F*cking disgusting

6. Best late night grub hub after a night of drinking:
The slider (small cheeseburger) man on Church Street in Burlington VT. We always see him really late at night and he let’s us cut the line.

7. Your band’s drinking toast of choice (think “cheers” not “bread”):
Willie Borkai

8. Finish this sentence: Last time I took home a bar man or maid…
The motel room was full so we went to the van (back bench)

9. Your favorite hometown watering hole:
The Three Needs in Burlington VT

10. The song on your newest album best enjoyed with a boozy buzz:
Turn Around

Listen & Download: Chamberlin - Turn Around

Rocktail: The Bitter Blood


Description:
An ode to Chamberlain’s premiere album, Bitter Blood, just released this past March, this dynamic elixir is mysterious, mature, cozy and unfolds in layers upon the senses.  Both the cocktail and Chamberlin’s reverb-bathed folk rock, feels easily familiar yet uniquely their own – an intangible quality that often paves the way to a new found love.  The smooth, root-botanical forward Plymouth Gin blends harmoniously with the high proof Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur allowing the richness of the deep orange to shine through. Fresh lemon juice balances the sweet and viscous gum syrup (different from simple syrup in that it’s made with gum arabic), leaving a velvety mouthfeel.  A few dashes of Bitterman’s Mole Bitters adds a chocolatey herbaceous finish to round off this balanced concoction. All in all, a bitter bloody good drink for a bitter bloody good band!

Recipe:

Glass: Coupe

Preparation:

  • Chill coupe in the freezer or let sit with ice water for a few minutes while prepping.
  • In a mixing glass combine all ingredients.
  • Shake hard over fresh ice for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into pre-chilled coupe glass and garnish with a blood orange wheel float

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Rocktail # 7 – The Leftover Cutini No. 2


Artist: Leftover Cuties
Hails From: Los Angeles, CA

1: The one bottle of liquor that is on your rider at all times:
Bottle? We actually request empty  baby bottles, and fill them with various libations . (We all have different tastes.) And the cool thing is, No matter how drunk you get, it’s impossible to spill!!

2. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
“the Cuties personality is spicy, dreamy, meloncholy and unpredictable. So that would be a drink called a “Leftover Cutini” The ingredients are 90 proof Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, warmed over a red candle , stirred with a folded page of beaudelaires “Favors of the Moon”and served in a kush prescription bottle dusted with ambien.

3. Favorite bar you discovered on tour:
Our favorite bar on tour was a girls-only bar in peducah kentucky called ”Clam Slam..”  Shirli got abducted by some rowdy fans after the show and the guys in the band had to go fetch her. We almost didn’t get her back !!

4. Most tragic or triumphant inebriated moment on stage. Spill it!
Ok…How about both? One tragic moment would have to be the night we celebrated austins birthday onstage with jello shots and he had a wardrobe malfunction. He just lowered the strap on his ukelele and kept playing.. The ladies on the front row would probably call that a triumph though.

5. Raw eggs in cocktails: Gross or Glorious?
That Depends on if you are spitting or swallowing…..

6. Best late night grub hub after a night of drinking:
Our trumpet player mike bolgers backyard bbq… After Soloman Burke passed ( god rest his soul ) mike became the reigning champ!! His grilled butternut squash will make you wanna slap your mama!!

7. Your band’s drinking toast of choice (think “cheers” not “bread”):
“hey, are you gonna drink that?”

8. Finish this sentence: Last time I took home a bar man or maid…
“………she tapped me, pulled my nozzle and wiped me down with a towel….” no seriously we read the bible and went for a walk. It really wasn’t all that exciting.

9. Your favorite hometown watering hole:
The L.A. Phil-BAR-Monic…. Its open early, the crowd is well dressed and its filled with classical musicians ( they are a RANDY bunch !! )

10. The song on your newest album best enjoyed with a boozy buzz:
thats a curious question since the entire record was recorded with a boozy buzz , haha…. Um,  if you are a girl jumping up and down on the couch and wanna get crazy  then Places To Go… If you are a smooth dude trying to get busy with your special lady friend on a saturday night then definitely I Miss You…. ( it works 60% of the time , EVERY TIME ! )Leftover Cuties - Places To Go

Rocktail: The Leftover Cutini No. 2


Description: Conjuring images of moonlit soirees and after-hours whiskey joints, Leftover Cuties’ noir-pop debut LP, Places To Go, will be released May 31. You may also recognize their music from Showtime’s original series, The Big C, as the group has the title track with “Game Called Life”.

Looking back at the band’s autobiographical personality-defining cocktail “The Leftover Cutini” (from question # 2 in our interview), these guys definitely know how to put together a potent (or more so psychedelic) potion. While we wait with baited breath to hear stories about how their version faired amongst partygoers, we’ve decided to keep this cocktail’s well-suited name and give it a robust sibling.  Like it’s namesake band, “The Leftover Cutini No. 2″ aka The Freeman’s Cocktail originally created by master mixologist Eben Freeman, honors the past while carving out it’s own unique niche in the present. Paired with the Cuties’ sound in each layered component, the spicy, smooth and well-rounded Bulleit Rye (new on the market since this March) forms the backbone. Pomegranate molasses adds a bright, tart savoriness which is complemented by fresh lemon juice.  A touch of sweetness brings balance, and a few dashes of orange bitters fosters delectable integration.  The smoky mist garnish from flamed orange oil is an ode to Shirli McAllen’s sultry vocals, which drift languidly over the quintet’s diverse rhythm section.

Be sure to pour the suggested double serving so you there is enough liquid leftover to fill your own “Cutie” to replenish your glass!

Recipe:

Glass: Coupe w / sidecar pitcher (i.e. the cutie)

Preparation:

  • Chill coupe in the freezer or let sit with ice water for a few minutes while prepping.
  • In a mixing glass combine all ingredients.
  • Shake hard over fresh ice for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into pre-chilled coupe glass and serve with flamed orange peel garnish.

Watch!:

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Rocktail # 6 – My Evil Twin

Bleu

Artist: Bleu
Hails From: Los Angeles, CA

1: The one bottle of liquor that is on your rider at all times:
…we try to get Makers Mark..but, we usually get Beam..my drummer Joe and I are bourbon guys….if i thought i could get it?! – i’d ask for Woodford Reserve (he’d ask for Basil Hayden)…..
..biggest pet-peeve:
guy from the club – “what bottle of booze do you want?”
us – “what’s the best bourbon we can get?”
guy from the club – “Jack Daniels”
us – “Jack Daniels isn’t bourbon…what kind of BOURBON can we get?”
guy from the club – “Jack Daniels”
…boOo..

2. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
…well…i’m definitely in love with Manhattans…and, i guess that describes me pretty well actually!…pretty boozy, but slightly sweet..just a hAir bitter, but, with a cherry on top!…..haA!!…

3. Favorite bar you discovered on tour:
…The Patterson House in Nashville…spectacular atmosphere, fantastic personal service, and, of course, great cocktails: http://www.thepattersonnashville.com/

– favorite number 2
….when we can, my drummer Joe and i try to visit the Bourbon County distilleries when we’re on our way through KY on tour…so far we’ve hit Woodford Reserve (my fav) and Buffalo Trace (who also make Blantons and Sazeraz Rye amongst other things)…it’s not exactly a “bar”..but, it’s a pretty fun experience learning about how that stuff’s made (and then getting the samples at the end!)…at Buffalo Trace we sort of ended up getting a little private tour after the regular tour ended..the guy took us around a let us see them putting the labels (and KY derby figurines) on top of Blantons..it’s still a very small, hand-done operation..really cool…he took us in the barrel room too..whAt a smeLL…it was pretty awesome…and of course, you can buy stuff that they only sell at the distilleries (specialized bottles, moonshine, liquers, etc….mmmm..)

4. Most tragic or triumphant inebriated moment on stage. Spill it!
…the last tour i did was with Tracy Bonham and Jim Boggia (The Killer Bs we call ourselves)..we performed the whole tour “in-the-round”…for the most part, we were all on stage all the time..switching songs back ‘n forth..accompanying each other..telling jokes, etc…it was really fun….anyway..Jim is a Philly guy, he’s got a great crowd there, and we played a pretty classy venue called World Cafe Live…we actually diD get our Makers Mark at this gig (thank you WCL)..real glass tumblers and everything (niCe!) and we were all definitely enjoying it!…at a certain point in the show, each of us gets our own little mini-set were the others walk off-stage for a couple songs..and on my way to walk off-stage for Jim’s mini-set i tOtally tripped and dropped my glass of Makers on the hard-wood stage..smASh…ooof…veRy embarrassing…we got some good jokes out of it that night, but, i definitely got voted tour-lush…

5. Raw eggs in cocktails: Gross or Glorious?
…c’mon!..glorious!!….i’m so glad this is becoming more popular…the booze kills the bugs anyway right?

6. Best late night grub hub after a night of drinking:
…i just discovered this place in LA…it’s not too far from where i live either..i don’t know why it took me so long to try it out?…only been there once, but, it was great…i’ll be hitting it again: http://www.swingersdiner.com/
…wide variety of comforting foods for every possible dietary variation (important in LA)…and..they’ve got booze!..not great drinks i think, buuut, are we done drinking?…just one more?….a pabst is probably fine then…
and then, there’s always Canters….a classic…kinda hard to beat (and you’ll probably see a TV celebrity from the 80s) –> http://www.cantersdeli.com/ …they got booze too…

7. Your band’s drinking toast of choice (think “cheers” not “bread”):
…”to drinking” (as we clink)….or, i say “Kanpai!” a lot (japanese for “cheers”)…

8. Finish this sentence: Last time I took home a bar man or maid…
…really?…you can take them home?….why am i just now finding this out!!

9. Your favorite hometown watering hole:
…in Boston – Deep Ellum, (actually in Allston, MA)..no question….Max Toste (my old bass player) has created a real “if you build it” type place…he’s the Mario Batali of cocktails..a true genius..(and just as obsessed with beers)…aaand the food at this place is pretty freakin’ spectacular too….i don’t eat meat really, but, they cure their own sausage, make their own pate..shit you just don’t find at a “bar”….they’re tearin’ it up..looks like he’ll open a new place (in Cambridge, MA) soon-ish…cAn’t wAit! http://www.deepellum-boston.com/

10. The song on your newest album best enjoyed with a boozy buzz:
…that’s easy..”Evil Twin” is about -that guy- who we become when we have a few (gallons) too many….eeEeee….

Rocktail: My Evil Twin

The Evil Twin

Description: My Evil Twin, aka The Attention Cocktail (originally invented by Jamie Boudreaux, of Vessel in Seattle) is a masterful, potent concoction that is wholly reminiscent of the diverse spectrum that is Bleu’s music.  His unique blend of singer-songwriter pop sits on the cusp of lightness and darkness: at times celebratory, triumphant full band pop, while at others, melancholic, introspective heartfelt ballads; the sum of which quantifies the human experience. My Evil Twin (cocktail), translucent and elegant with a light violet hue, looks innocent – perhaps even harmless, but in the right light you can almost see it’s ominous spirits swirling about.  Good v.s. evil?  After a few of these delicious elixirs you be the judge.  In honor of Bleu’s affinity for the Manhattan, this silky spirit-forward drink is of a similar school but with Gin as the base, harmoniously stirred into equal parts absinthe, creme de violette (liqueur made of violet petals), dry vermouth, with a touch of orange bitters to bind everything together.  Mmm a devil of a good time!

Recipe:

Glass: Coupe

Preparation:

  • Chill coupe in the freezer or let sit with ice water for a few minutes while prepping.
  • In a mixing glass, stir all the ingredients together over fresh ice for 30 seconds. Do not shake this drink as it will alter the color and the taste.
  • Strain into pre-chilled coupe glass and serve with a devilish grin.

Watch!:


Bleu Links:

WEBSITE
TOURDATES
FACEBOOK
YOUTUBE
TWITTER
MYSPACE
iTUNES
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