THE MOTORHEAD MULE
1 shot vodka
6 shots ginger beer
½ shot lime juice
½ shot cherry brandy
Hit or miss: Hit
Motorhead have opened up an online shop for their own label alcohol. Naturally this sort of thing should be celebrated and I went to check it out. The only spirit on offer at time of checking was vodka, the rest were wines. Now, I love wine, anyone who knows me can tell you such stories about me and wine, but wine is kind of standoffish and doesn’t usually play well with others so it doesn’t typically make for a good cocktail ingredient. Spritzers aren’t cocktails, they’re training wheels for the uninitiated.
Vodka, however, is another matter.
I have a shorter, slightly less debauched history with vodka. I get misty-eyed when I think of the precious days of my scallywag youth believing this spirit was the height of adult sophistication. But you already know that past me was a lot terrible so let’s not go down that road again.
On to the matter at hand, which is the Motorhead Mule. My confession is thus, this is just an adaptation of the Moscow Mule, except I really like cherry brandy and in this kind of miserable winter weather I feel like I deserve it as often as socially permissible. Be careful with it though, a drip too much and you’ve got that unmistakable cough syrup taste on your hands (which I happen to like) so be conservative with it if you don’t like that taste. There is more ginger beer to balance out the extra spirit and to spice up the edges. Ginger and lime go well together, but I like spices. Sue me.
But I thought that was kind of appropriate, to appropriate a well-known, established recipe for my own purposes, because of my relationship with music.
Now, I don’t know too much about music. I don’t follow a particular band nor do I stick to one genre of music. I have a taste so broad it’s almost the same as having no taste what-so-ever and I don’t really understand people who dwell exclusively in one thing or another. I’ve never even been to see a popular band play live, which some people no doubt see as the absolute depths of unsophistication. Given my druthers, I’d listen to instrumental all the time. The music I’ve listened to live is stuff like Rachmaninoff, Bach, Beethoven and all those old dudes. Or perhaps I listened to some folk group because a friend had an extra ticket, or Debussy while dressed in a flannel shirt, flat cap and jeans in the same VIP lounge as the Japanese ambassador to the UK, trying very hard not to be seen.
But I digress.
When my editor suggested I do this, all I could remember about Motorhead is that they did Ace of Spades, which was on every single compilation tape I made as a teenager (yes, we made compilation tapes in those days). I liked it. I still like it, actually, it’s on at least four of my writing playlists. Thinking about Motorhead reminds me of the days when I, being downright contrary since birth, responded to all my metal-loving mates dying their hair black by dying mine scarlet and their wearing black leather by wearing black velvet. Which honestly was a bad choice for someone who liked fighting as much as I did. Man … velvet is not something you should wear to a brawl. Brawl faux pas, buddy.
Goddamnit past me, why are you so terrible!
ANYWAY, talking about playlists, I’m turning you over to Amadeus with his playlist for Saturday night!
It may be a horrible cliché, but the hackneyed notion of drink, drugs and rock and roll is closer to the mark than the extended tongue of Gene Simmons would care for. Caring not for the teetotalling Kiss of approval, I signed-up to the Motörhead school of thought to get paralytic on the booze-infused world of rock and roll.
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off – Joe Nichols
Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My Horses – Toby Keith and Willy Nelson
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer– John Lee Hooker
Have a Drink on Me– AC/DC
Cold Gin– KISS (irony!)
Bottoms Up– Van Halen
Suicide Solution– Ozzy Osbourne
Tequila Sunrise– The Eagles
Whiskey In The Jar– Thin Lizzy
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson
All Jacked Up – Gretchen Wilson
Whisky Man – Molly Hatchet
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers-ZZ TOP
Red Red Wine-UB40
Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) – The Doors
Nightrain-Guns N Roses
I Drink Alone -George Thorogood
Irish Drinking Song– Flogging Molly
… I rest my case!