Go Underground With Nirvana In Zeppelin Zest With Drinks Inspired By Rock Music
A dimly lit bar, the air vibrating with the echoes of an electric guitar, and in your hand, a cocktail that pays an ode to rock legends. Ideal, isn’t it? The spirit of rock can be captured in more than just sound. Mixology, after all, is as worthy of creative expression as music.
Let's create a lineup of cocktails that, in addition to being easy sippers, are also tributes to the head-banging, heart-thumping fixtures of rock music.
Stairway to Heaven—A Zeppelin Zest
When Led Zeppelin composed Stairway to Heaven, they crafted a timeless anthem that reached millions of hearts. Let's mirror that journey in a glass. Take a blend of Talisker 10, about 50 ml, a touch of honey for sweetness, and a dash of orange bitters. Layer it over ice and slowly top with Black and White ginger ale, creating a stunning gradient that you can sip on while listening to Jimmy Page's guitar solo. Garnish with a twist of orange peel—a drink that ascends to heavenly flavours.
Jagger’s Cherry Whisky Sour
Mick Jagger's on-stage energy is the stuff of dreams. For The Jagger Swagger, think daring and unapologetic. Shake 50 ml Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve with 10 ml of cherry liqueur—a nod to the Stones' wild side—an egg white and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice with a teaspoon of brown sugar, without ice. Now, shake once again with ice and strain into a glass. Enjoy this classic whisky sour with an eccentric touch, true to Jagger’s style.
Hendrix’s Psychedelic Potion
Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze changed the way we hear guitar music. No less than auditory hallucinations, let’s craft something visually stunning and mind-bendingly good that can complement his riffs. 50 ml Smirnoff Red for the clear, sharp notes, a splash of blue curaçao, and a generous dollop of fresh raspberry puree to create a hypnotic colour swirl. Garnish with brandied raspberries for a final touch.
Going Underground With Nirvana
Nirvana took the rawness of grunge and made it mainstream. Their cocktail, Going Underground With Nirvana, is rough but captivating. In a shaker, muddle some blackberries for a smidge of dark fruitiness, pour in Gorodn’s London Dry Gin for its crisp, clean lines, and add lemon juice for a drink with an acidic bite. Rim the glass with a salt and pepper mix, reflecting the raw, underground essence of grunge music.
Fleetwood’s Rum Whisper
To channel Fleetwood Mac's bohemian, eclectic, and sometimes goth-inspired tunes in a bottle, let’s try the Rum Whisper. Blend 50 ml Captain Morgan’s Dark Rum with 100 ml of apple juice for a soft sweetness. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to capture the haunting vocals of Stevie Nicks. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a slice of dried apple, and get your taste buds jamming. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the rum with Gordon’s Tonic water for a subtly bitter but complex lift.
So, rock fans and cocktail lovers, next time you're looking to bring a bit of that rock 'n' roll spirit into your evening or feeling like a baddie, give these drinks a chance. But remember to savour these like you would a classic album, slowly and with pleasure.