Two weeks ago we hit the theater to check out Baby Driver and I didn’t quite know what to expect. In fact, for being a bit of a movie buff, I hadn’t even heard of it until the hubby brought it up. I’ll tell you one thing, I had no clue how impressive this soundtrack would be and I ordered it on vinyl that same day. (What really did it for me, is one of my favorite Beck songs planted perfectly a short way into the film – Debra.) Now I’ll go ahead and tell you another thing – I didn’t fully appreciate how connected every note from every song was to each detail of the movie until we went back to see it a second time the very next weekend.
There are a number of excellent reviews and write ups about the film and the music behind it by writers that are far better versed than I could ever be, so I’ve listed a handful for you below. I recommend that you see the movie once, listen to the full album, read one or two of these reviews, and then go back and see it again – in that order.
If you read just one of these, don’t miss this article over at Den of Geek (stolen from a friend’s FB page):
Edgar Wright’s Musical Inspiration for the Baby Driver Soundtrack
Variety – A getaway driver who steers to the beat of his own playlist.
The Telegraph – An infectious car chase thriller.
Rolling Stone – The car chase musical you need.
Twice the movie called for twice the cocktails – I hope you enjoy his inspiration below!
Well, Baby Driver is – without doubt – a smash hit of this summer.
When I think of cocktails and summer in the South, I inevitably think of the venerable bourbon and Coke. The fact that this movie is set in Atlanta, GA, makes choosing that drink even more of a no-brainer. If you and I had a nickel for every bourbon and Coke that had been consumed in the South, we’d have more money than Baby has stashed beneath the floorboards of his apartment.
Add in the fact that I’ve been itching to give this fancied-up version I found in Garden & Gun a try. What other choice did we have than to make both versions of the drink to pair with this amazing soundtrack?
Bourbon and Coke
3 oz of bourbon (I like to use a slightly lower ABV everyday sipper like Maker’s or Woodford)
6 oz of Coca-Cola
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Lemon slice for garnish
Using the glassware of your choice, add ice, bourbon and bitters. Then top with Coke. I like to add the bitters an lemon garnish to pump the aromatics up a little bit and bring a bit of interest to this old stand-by.
Bourbon and Coke – From Garden and Gun magazine
For the Coke syrup:
¼ cup of Coca-Cola
¼ cup of sugar
For the Cocktail:
3 oz of bourbon (we used Michter’s)
½ oz of Coke syrup
Coke syrup –
Bring the Coke to simmer in a very small saucepan. Add in the sugar and stir until dissolved.
Combine bourbon, syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
I encourage you to give both versions a try and let us know which you prefer!