Kurt Vile - ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’ + Sloe Gin Fizz
Ingredients: 2 ounces sloe gin, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, 1 teaspoon super fine sugar, club soda.
Mixing Instructions: Mix ingredients in cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled Collins glass and fizz an inch or so from the top. Splash the soda on top so that it foams.
Notes: All you need to know about Philly-rocker, Kurt Vile’s fifth studio album can be found in the opening track, “Wakin on a Pretty Day”. That absolutely is not to say one shouldn’t listen to the rest of the album, but simply that the DNA contained in the sauntering 9:30 ballad showcases all the ingredients that make Vile’s music sneakily addictive. The silvery twang of the guitar stretched out alongside Vile’s meandering vocals make music that could easily be passed by on first listen, but contain the intangible quality of get-under-your-skin-ness that all artists desire and few attain. Vile’s lyrics are sharp, his understanding of his own musical strengths is beyond his years. Putting it all together the result is a strong album that can be paired with no other drink, but a sloe gin fizz…I seldom feel as strongly about an album/cocktail match. Cheers!