There are a few times a year when we are allowed to imbibe as much as we desire without ever being judged by our peers. Cinco de Mayo is one great example, as is Fat Tuesday, and St. Patrick’s Day. Below are a few pairings on drinks and the music that I believe would go perfectly with it.
Caipirinha and Rodrigo y Gabriela
If you decide to go out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo tonight, why not try and impress your friends (or date) while you’re ordering and ask for a Caipirinha (kai-pee-reen-ya) instead of the dated Mojito tonight. Brazilian’s version of the Mojito is simple, sophisticated, and is classic mix of muddled limes, sugar, and Cachaça. Not only will you get bonus points for pronouncing it correctly, but also for being so trendy. Rodrigo y Gabriela seems like a perfect pairing for the Caipirinha because of their immense talent on the guitars. They are truly a class act and definitely a band you can enjoy while sipping on some cocktails. These use-to-be-rockers are now more of a subdued act and combine two outrageous guitarists (think of them as the limes and Caipirinha) with the epitome of relaxing music (sugar, anyone?) Go out and grab their latest album 11:11 and enjoy!
Black Raven Brewing’s CoCo Jones Porter and Pickwick
Every once in awhile there’s a combination so perfect that every thing after that will never live up to their standards. This, my friends, is the story of Black Raven’s phenomenal CoCo Jones and locals Pickwick. CoCo Jones is quite possibly the world’s best coconut porter- nay, the world’s best porter in general. It has a nice smooth, caramel taste to it and has a nice little nudge of coconut to even out the whole experience. A porter is something everyone has had; CoCo Jones is something everyone needs. Pickwick to blues funk is what CoCo Jones is to porters. They are something that you can’t quite pick out what it is that makes Pickwick so unique and amazing, but you just know that it’s there and Pickwick is here to stay. Between the vocals, funky guitar notes, and the overall vibe the sound and style of Pickwick will stick with you for a long, long time. Lucky for you, Pickwick just released a third album Myths Vol. 3 that you can download of their website.
Corona with lime and Led Zeppelin
A Cinco de Mayo classic. So with that, I bring you another classic; Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin’s IV album helps bring back lots of memories, as will sipping on a Corona. The drink by itself is something that people drink on a daily basis, either while out with friends, on a date, or at a BBQ. Led Zeppelin is also something people listen to on a daily basis, either while driving, in the midst of a grueling workout, or at a BBQ. Crazy how the classics can come together to make a magnificent night out.
Two Beers’ Brewing Jalapeno EVO IPA and Polyrhythmics
Sometimes you need a lil’ something spicy that will give you a nice kick. Both the Jalapeno EVO IPA brew and Polyrhythmics can do this for you. The brew by Two Beers is something that was made specifically for today, and although I have yet to try it, I imagine it is quite the hot little number. IPAs are typically a hoppy beer and the regular Evo IPA is no different, coming in at 70 IBU’s (International Bitterness Unit.) Tiny minced jalapenos added into the brew batch adds quite the nice kick, kind of like the trombones that Polyrhythmics have. Polyrhythmics have been around town for awhile and continue to make incredible music that is easy to dance to. Their fanbase continues to grow, which it is easy to see why when you listen to their latest self-titled EP. Chill, reggae, world funk music that just dares people to not dance to it. Polyrhythmics new album Labrador will be out June 1.