Local Natives - ‘Gorilla Manor’ + Pogo Stick
Ingredients: 2 ounces dry gin, 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed pineapple juice, 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/2 ounce Monin pure cane sugar syrup (2:1 sugar water).
Mixing Instructions: Blend all ingredients together in a blender with a 12 ounce scoop of crushed ice. Pour in a drinking container. Serve with straw.
Notes: "The best comparison perhaps is that they’re sort of a West Coast Grizzly Bear…Yet whereas Grizzly Bear’s Yellow House is a cozy, isolated New England seaside shack, Local Natives’ Gorilla Manor is a squalid Orange County party pad.” At V+C we try extremely hard to tune out the noise and form our own opinions when listening to an album. But, when re-visiting Local Natives’ 2010 debut I came across the above description from Pitchfork’s Ian Cohen and quickly resigned myself to the fact that his comparison would henceforth be eternally lodged in my brain. He’s right and it is (lodged), but more importantly so is the album. Listen with a joyful heart and a cheeky cocktail.