Plenty of songs sing about beer, and wine, and liquor in general. But surprisingly pay tribute to specific mixed drinks. No odes to Old Fashioneds. No sonatas to Sidecars. No anthems to Appletinis. Why? Who knows? Maybe it’s just easier to rhyme words with beer or wine than it is Moscow Mule.
But after a good fifteen minute Google search, we did manage to come up with five songs about mixed drinks, and we’ll start with the one that started us thinking about this in the first place, since Monday is National Pina Colada Day.
5) Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Nothing says 1970s fern bar like this 1978 pop-shmaltz classic from Rupert Holmes–who looks more like the manager of a Sears than any singer in history. This song is a timeless reminder that, yes kids, before there were sleazy, unsavory online dating sites, newspapers had personal ads, which were every bit as sleazy and unsavory as online dating sites.
Blake Shelton’s 2015 hit pays tribute to the flavor of his love interest’s lips tasting like this Spanish creation that blends wine, fruit, and brandy. Which is much better than if she’d just put away, say, a bag of Funyons and a Mickey’s Big Mouth.
3) Gin and Juice
Cody recommended this Snoop Dogg classic. I’m taking her at her word.
2) Brass Monkey
While there are actually quite a few recipes for drinks called “Brass Monkey”, I prefer to think this song is about the simplest recipe of all–a 40 ounce bottle of malt liquor and orange juice. If the Beastie Boys are singing about anything other than that on this rock/rap hybrid from 1987, I do not want to know.
Could there be any other top choice for a list of songs about mixed drinks? You’re right! No! Legend has it Jimmy Buffett wrote this song about “that frozen concoction that helps me hang on” in 15 minutes, which is about the same amount of time it should take to properly enjoy one without getting a brain freeze.
I’m sure we’re missing some. Can you think of any? Feel free to post it.