In honor of John Vanderslice’s new release, Dagger Beach (streaming here), my husband and I decided to host a listening party last weekend. We have been fans of John’s music for years, and have seen him play many times. We wanted to preview the new vinyl before John plays a show in our town this week (tickets available here). We hoped to drum up interest as well as familiarize ourselves with the new songs before the performance.
While we were planning the listening party, we got the idea for a signature drink to honor this album. It was a big hit, so I wanted to share it here with you.
The Dagger Beach
12 oz ginger beer (Rachel’s preferred)
1/2 c spiced rum
juice of one lemon (if using Rachel’s, this is optional)
1/4 c blue curacao
3 limes (2 juiced for the rims, one cut for garnish)
Mix the ginger beer, rum, and lemon juice together in a pitcher. Pour the lime juice into a small plate, and the coconut sugar onto a separate small plate. Dip the rims of the glasses into the lime juice, then the coconut sugar. Set aside. Put two ice cubes in each glass, and pour the ginger beer mixture over the ice, leaving a little room at the top. Float a teaspoon of blue curacao over the top & add a lime slice for garnish. Drink while listening to Vanderslice, of course.