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!