Since the beginning of the Nobler Experiment, I always considered ways to incorporate music into our content. But I’ve never managed to do this all that successfully mainly because I’m not very musically talented. In fact, my greatest musical talent is slamming drum sticks on my knees more or less on beat with a song until I bruise. Yes ladies, I’m taken…
But truthfully, nothing inspires a good cocktail or a good drinking session better than some amazing music. And since we’ve never been so hard on ourselves here at the Nobler Experiment, we’re launching a new series on the site called Sounds & Spirits sharing the drinks that inspire great music, and vice versa. And for those that know me, it will come as no surprise that for the first of our Sounds & Spirits posts, I’m going straight for the Jack; Jack White that is.
Jack White’s latest album came out just last week and I’ve listened to it approximately 1 billion times since. At this point I’m pretty sure he could release an album full of fart noises and I’d be impressed, but his latest stint as a solo act has me all jacked up as usual. I won’t pretend to provide some well thought out critique of the album because that isn’t the point here, but rather I will say, the attention to sound is just mind boggling; the quality and the variety of sounds throughout Lazaretto is just phenomenal.
Jack’s also made it nice and easy for me to find the first selection for our Sounds and Spirits, with his bluesy Just One Drink. Plug this track into your damn ear-buds and do as he says, and grab some rock and rye to drink along with it. What the hell is Rock and Rye? Well, like a lot of things rooted in American drinking history, Rock and Rye has a special place in our drinking culture. As many of the pre-Prohibition pressures ramped up against bar and saloon keepers, bartenders increasingly marketed their products as “medicinal” attempting to blur the lines of legality. Rock and Rye started off as simple as it sounds mixing up young Rye with rock candy to help smooth out the roughness of the whiskey but soon bartenders began adding spices and citrus peels to gain those “medicinal properties”. But don’t get too excited. The only thing this stuff will cure is the blues.
Our recipe is pretty basic but it’s a great place to start. Once you’ve made a batch, go ahead and experiment with other spices to add. Star anise, cardamom, etc. would all be pretty interesting here. Whatever you do, grab some rock and rye, and get rocking to Just One Drink:
Rock and Rye
1 Liter of Rye Whiskey
8 oz Rock Candy (uncolored)
Peel of 2 Lemons
1 Cinnamon Stick
In a 1 liter mason jar or other contain add all of the ingredients. Let steep for at least two days but preferably longer at room temperature. Pour over ice and enjoy!