Vinyl Loves Coffee?


While we haven’t had a cocktail recipe or update on a record in some time, there have been some new happenings in our household. It only felt right to share this, given that our name has always been Vinyl Loves Whiskey and these changes may leave you scratching your head about why you don’t see much whiskey on our Instagram feed these days. It would seem that one of us has decided to get sober. That’s right, no more whiskey for her – hence, lots of #coffeeandrecords posts these days. We’ve given it some thought and it doesn’t mean changing our name just yet. While we’ve always shared the love of both, right from the start I was the vinyl lover and he has been the whiskey afficionado. Given this, the name still fits, but you may see far less of the whiskey in future days. That doesn’t mean he won’t share a great cocktail recipe or favorite bottle at some point, that just means I won’t be partaking. It also leaves room for possible mocktails, coffee and tea ideas. As for the future of the name, only time will tell, but thanks for sticking with us despite our general lack of posting on the blog. Instagram, however, will never die!

For a little more insight to what drove me to make the decision to get sober, I’ve shared a post from my personal blog below.



March 20, 2018 – Why I Choose Sobriety

Today is one month. One month free from the shadow that covered my heart and blurred my mind. One month that I’ve been able to take on the world without the devil dancing at my side. One month that I’ve had the courage to stand on my own two feet.

I am sober.

When I started this blog, I dove in with intentions of talking through some of my history with an addict for a father. I wanted to share the stories of what it was like to grow up with an alcoholic and how that impacted me, but the entire time I had a nagging feeling about my own alcohol use. For a while, I thought it was perfectly normal to question the amount or frequency I was drinking, who wouldn’t examine their own behaviors when they’ve experienced life with someone with such a severe problem? But the voice inside that kept up the questioning grew much louder over time, until I could no longer ignore it.

Most of you reading this would have no idea that I have a problem with alcohol. It’s commonplace for every social event and activity with friends to involve drinking. We all do it, and I’m usually one of the least likely folks to be viewed as out of control. In fact, even when I’ve been outright drunk most people tell me that they had no idea. My having a problem with alcohol doesn’t mean I had to be blotto and stumbling or slurring every day. It doesn’t mean that I am the worn out old lady falling off of the bar stool or passed out on someone’s front lawn. What it does mean is that I cannot control my drinking. I was drinking every single day and have been doing so for what has probably been most of my adult life. The amounts in recent years were slowly increasing. What used to be one glass of wine or beer a day was turning into three or four, and sometimes with a martini or whiskey night cap just for good measure. The weekend amounts went well above this in many cases. I tried to moderate time and time again, setting rules for myself such as no drinking during the week, or no drinking when I’m alone. But none of that ever worked. Other than a brief 30-day dry challenge about three years ago that turned into something more like 20 days, I don’t think I ever made it more than two days without a drink.

I could say that therapy was a big eye-opener for me, but even there I went months denying that I was using anything as a coping mechanism. I didn’t want to see it – I couldn’t see it – but alcohol was my go-to for coping with just about anything. Childhood trauma, social anxiety, bad days at work, stubbing my toe, you name it and there was a reason to drink that followed right behind it. It’s been a way to numb out for far too long and I’ve grown far too tired of it. The only way for me to move forward was to draw a hard line in the sand. My sobriety is no longer just a short-term test, this is forever.

So, why am I putting this all out there for anyone to read? Because I am not ashamed. Sobriety is one of the most difficult things I’ve gone through. It isn’t easy for someone like me to just stop drinking and a common theme that I’ve picked up on from other folks in recovery is that there is a stigma or shame associated with this. It’s unfortunate that this remains the case, but it is true that while society pushes alcohol on you as the cure for everything that is going wrong with your day, that same society looks down on you if that cure should turn into a problem. I’m not saying that everyone is looking down on those in recovery, that certainly isn’t the case, but the reality is that it does happen often and that is why many people end up afraid to talk about it. I am not proud that I developed a problem, but I am proud of the changes I am making, and I don’t feel the need to hide it. I want people to know me, to see who I really am and who I am becoming. If I don’t share this tremendous shift in my life, then I may as well go back into the shadows that alcohol created for me.

I am still in the very early stages of my sobriety, and while one month is a huge accomplishment (those first couple of weeks were brutal), I have a long way to go. For what it’s worth, my sobriety doesn’t mean that anyone else needs to change their behaviors around me, I don’t expect others to stop drinking or tip toe around me because I choose not to. I’ll admit, it’s a very strange position for me to be in and I’m still figuring it all out, but I’m sure there are parallel concerns on the other side, too. The bottom line is this, don’t feel the need to treat me any differently. Don’t worry about how to act around the sober woman, I assure you, I will be just fine. If I do cut a night short sometimes, it might just be that cravings are setting in and I need to take care of myself, but in no way should you be offended or worry that you did anything wrong.

While staying sober generally sucks sometimes (eloquent, I know), I feel incredibly lucky to have found this path. There is no longer any doubt or question in my mind about what the right thing to do is because I am right here doing it. I am sober. I am living.


WVV #14: B-A-B-Y Baby

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?

The Classic

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.

The Newcomer

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.

Cocktail –

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!





Whiskey Vinyl Vibe #13 – Summertime

While mixing up a surprise cocktail in the kitchen last night, Trent asked me to pick out an album that made me feel like summer. When considering that we were kicking off a long holiday weekend with no real plans in sight, I didn’t hesitate at all when I pulled Bleachers – Strange Desire, from the shelf. Two summers ago, I came across this album like many people did, and I was completely blown away by the fun and upbeat 80s vibe of it. To quote Mat Smith over at Clash Music, “Jack Antonoff wanted to aim for the kind of emotionally stirring songs that would have appeared as the title track to a John Hughes movie” – and I’d say he did so perfectly.

This album was our entry into summer late last night, followed by the Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 album. In case you missed it on Record Store Day 2016, Terrible Thrills is the Bleachers – Strange Desire album covered entirely by some pretty incredible women including Sia, Charlie XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and 80s fireball Susanna Hoffs. Besides the music opening the door to summer, Trent’s cocktail definitely topped off the summer holiday fervor. I am strongly considering setting all of this on repeat for the next three days.



Every year when the weather starts to warm, people naturally tend to want to stray away from whiskey cocktails for lighter base spirits.

Hopefully this recipe will help shed you of that notion and prove to friends and family that whiskey can be a summer drink, too. Cheers!

Elderflower Old Fashioned

2.5 oz of Bourbon
0.5 oz of elderflower liqueur (St. Germain is what we used)
2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 lemon twist for garnish


Add all liquid ingredients to a cocktail pitcher filled with ice. Stir well. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with the lemon twist. Enjoy!



Ballin’ on a budget…

Popping in this morning before we run some errands and hit the grocery store to share a cool article.

It’s so easy to get caught up in chasing the expensive and the ultra-rare, resetting and enjoying a budget pour now and again is a good way to maintain perspective.

In that vein, here is a good list I stumbled upon, and I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t tried any of them. Looks like a trip to the liquor store is in order while we’re out today. Have a look and let me know what you think.



P.S. There will be a proper Whiskey Vinyl Vibe this weekend, we promise!

P.S.S. Ballin’ On A Budget is a song off the great album Watermelon, Chicken and Grits by Nappy Roots. If you’re a fan of southern hip hop and have never given it a listen – I strongly recommend you give it a spin.

Whiskey Vinyl Vibe #12 – Brunch

20170226_112816To say it has been some time since we’ve posted would be a drastic understatement. We’ve both had every intention of being better at keeping up here, but obviously we haven’t been terribly successful. Well, that is all about to change. For real this time!

To kick things back off, while enjoying a lazy Sunday morning spinning vinyl, Trent had the idea to whip up a brunch related cocktail that he’s been wanting to try. I’ll let him fill you in on those details, but trust me – it is delicious. In fact, I wouldn’t mind just staying home the rest of the day sipping on these, but I’m afraid we wouldn’t get much else done. Also, I should mention, while donuts are not typical brunch fare, our local donut shop is too good to pass up sometimes. Today was one of those times.

The album choice for the morning is one that really surprised both of us when we stumbled upon it last year – Chris Isaak’s Silvertone. We have Noble Records to thank for this recommendation (and sale), because as much of a fan of Chris Isaak as we both claim to be, I’m sad to admit that neither of us even realized that this album existed. Or at the very least, we never gave it any attention. This is Chris Isaak’s debut album from 1985. That’s right – we were both only 11 when this album came out so many years ago. It’s incredibly timeless and holds true to Chris Isaak’s style even all of these years later. San Francisco Days has always been a favorite of mine, but this one may have taken it’s place. If you haven’t given it a listen by now, I couldn’t recommend it more.



This is a great breakfast/brunch cocktail. I adapted this from a recipe I found in Garden and Gun from Tristan Ferchl at the Catahoula Hotel in New Orleans. This is definitely a keeper if you like coffee, as it is very brew forward. It will be a staple for weekend morning cocktails around our house, for certain! The recipe:

Brunch at VinylLovesWhiskey’s

2 oz of bourbon (we used Michter’s Small Batch)

Double-shot (2 oz) of cold espresso

1 egg yolk

0.5 oz of real maple syrup, cut down 3:1 with water (we used an awesome whiskey barrel aged syrup from American Spoon in Traverse City, MI)

0.5 oz of heavy cream

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Double-strain into the glassware of your choice.

Garnish with an orange twist and a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters (no one wants a cocktail that smells like raw eggs)