168. Bahamas - ‘Barchords’ + King Bee

Bahamas - ‘Barchords’ + King Bee

Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces tea-infused Comb vodka, 1/2 ounce simple syrup, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, barspoon of Benedictine, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, splash of Prosecco and lemon wheel for garnish.

Mixing Instructions: Steep tea in Comb vodka for 20min.  Shake all ingredients together (minus Prosecco) in a cocktail shaker and strain into a rocks glass.  Top with a splash of Prosecco and garnish with lemon wheel. (via Fort Defiance)

Notes: Discovering a new artist is a sweet experience for any music lover.  The fuel for continued exploration, it’s an instant high that temporarily alleviates an addict’s craving.  Stumbling upon the sly, but beautiful music of Canadian Afie Jurvanen was like a junky finally grasping a syringe after wildly groping for it in the dark.  A former guitarist for Feist, Jurvanen brings a maturity to his craft that makes simple melodies and arrangements feel overwhelmingly emotional and full.  The sophomore album begins with the head-shakingly good “Lost In the Light” and rambles down the road without much veering.  If Jack Johnson gave up surfing to become a logger by day, bartender by night, then drove cross-country to steal away the girls from Dirty Projectors after a nasty brawl with David Longstreth…it might come close to what Bahamas sounds like.  Mix a slightly presumptuous cocktail, queue up ‘Barchords’ and let Jurvanen do what he was obviously born to do. 

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