139. Chairlift - ‘Something’ + Brandy Crusta

Chairlift - ‘Something’ + Brandy Crusta

Ingredients: 2 ounces cognac, 1 teaspoon orange curacao, 1 teaspoon Maraschino, 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 dashes bitters, lemon peel.

Mixing Instructions: Take a small wine glass, wet the rim with lemon juice and dip in super fine sugar, then set aside to chill.  Stir ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker then strain into a chilled wine glass that has been lined with a thinly-pared peel of a lemon.

Notes:  There have been no shortage of bands exploring the outer reaches of 80’s synth pop in recent years, but Chairlift’s second album — their first as a pared-down duo — melds the decade’s ingredients into something that moves beyond nostalgia and into a higher realm of exceptionally well-crafted pop music.  Caroline Palochek’s vocals seem born for the album, delicately expressive and able to float in between the synths like smoke.  An addictive album that grows on you over time, pair it with a 19th century classic cocktail and let a wave of warmth take you into the evening.

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