Andrew Bird - ‘Hands of Glory’ + Ginger Gold Rush
Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces ginger liqueur, 1 ounce Bourbon, 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1 brandied cherry for garnish.
Mixing Instructions: Place the brandied cherry in the bottom of a martini glass. Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain over the cherry into glass.
Notes: The companion album to his March 2012 release, Break It Yourself, Andrew Bird’s Hands of Glory takes a more casual approach, filling the space with old-timey country covers that are straightforward, but still full. If the eight tracks were food they’d be described simply as “good eatin’”. While listening to Bird and his band bang out old gospel songs, one feels as if they’re hearing the type of music normally reserved for the dressing room after the show…after the bourbon has been poured. It’s relaxed, sentimental and the kind of album one puts on at the end of a long week when music is needed as a quiet companion with whom to welcome the sunset.