T-Pain may be with the "Bartender," but what if that bartender was you?
The six-time Grammy winning artist teamed up with award-winning mixologist Maxwell Britten to release a T-Pain-themed cocktail recipe book playfully-titled Can I Mix You A Drink: 50 Cocktails from My Life & Career. It's the singer, songwriter and producer's first book ever, and it totally plays into his fun-loving and sensual vibe.
The cocktail book unites two of T-Pain’s passions, mixology and music, in an amusing style that weaves personal stories from his career throughout. It reads like a conversation with a friend—over cocktails!
In 2007, T-Pain’s hit single “Can I Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” propelled the “rappa ternt sanga” to international fame. His characteristic, unorthodox approach to music has translated to his book's recipes. Expect creative, new mixes along with modifications of classic cocktails.
The book was released concurrently with “Nappy Boy Radio,” T-Pain’s podcast featuring the artists’ equally-legendary friends.
Can I Mix You A Drink features a beverage for any occasion from happy hour to a cozy night at home, and it utilizes all types of liquors from vodka to bourbon. American whiskey brand Fistful of Bourbon is notably highlighted in multiple cocktails. Below, we get a sneak peak at four recipes from the book using this smooth liquor.
Tools: mixing glass, julep strainer, mixing spoon, ounce jigger
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, add as much ice as possible and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled rocks glass over a large cube of ice. To garnish, carefully twist a lemon and an orange peel one at a time.
Freeze stemmed beer glass before serving, set aside. Use two full scoops quality vanilla ice cream. Pour over bourbon, Goldschläger and top with the beer leaving at least 1⁄2 inch before reaching the top of the glass. Top w/ lightly whipped cream and gold flakes.
Tools: Ounce jigger, Boston shaker, muddler, Hawthorne strainer, fine strainer, paring knife, mixing spoon
Combine bourbon, orange and lemon slices, mint, bitters and simple syrup in Boston shaker and muddle. Add cubed ice, shake hard, and double strain into a highball glass. Top with club soda, garnish with fresh mint and a lemon wheel, and serve.
Tools: Ounce jigger, mixing glass, mixing spoon, julep strainer, paring knife or peeler
Build all ingredients in a mixing glass, add as much ice as possible, and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled serving glass, garnish with an orange twist and a cocktail cherry, and serve.
Can I Mix You A Drink: 50 Cocktails from My Life & Career is available now via Amazon and other retailers.
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