On the Rocks: Cocktails Named After Musicians for New Year's Eve

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Everything is more exciting, sometimes even redeeming, when it has a cool name: Sexual acts, alcoholic beverages, movies, albums, etc. OK, maybe just sexual acts and drinks.

Since there are thousands of sites that have the former covered, Rocks Off decided to do some New Years cocktail taxonomy. We put together a list of cocktails and named them after famous musicians. Each music-themed nomenclature is based on the liquor, other ingredients, and how they relate to which artist.

So, without further adieu-here's a short collection of drinks we've named after some famous musicians to keep the New Years party going... or stopping before the clock strikes midnight.


Grapefuit is believed to have originated in Barbados, where Rihanna was born.

2 oz Silver tequila 1 oz grapefruit juice 1/2 oz orange juice 1/2 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz lime juice

In a tall mixing glass filled with ice add all ingredients. Shake vigorously and serve in a chilled margarita glass. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

The G.G. Allin

Allin was buried with a bottle of Jim Beam, as per "When I Die" requests. Also, the drink is doo-doo brown, reminiscent of his infamous on-stage defecations.

1 oz Jim Beam bourbon whiskey 1 oz amaretto almond liqueur 6 oz Coca-Cola

Fill cocktail glass with ice. Add Jim Beam and amaretto. Add Coca-Cola and stir.

"Imma Let You Finish"

Kanye West loves his Henny. This recipe combines West's liquor of choice with Alize, sure to make your New Years Eve as memorable as when Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Music Awards.

1 oz Hennessy cognac 1 oz Alize Red Passion liqueur 1 oz Alize Gold Passion liqueur 1 splash cranberry juice top with soda water

Fill the hurricane glass with ice. Pour in the Hennessy, Reda and Yellow Alize. Splash in some Cranberry Juice and top it off with soda. Add slice of pineapple for garnish.

The Kid

This drink turns a purple hue when you add blue curacao to the mix. Named after Prince's character in the film Purple Rain.

1 1/2 oz gin cranberry juice 1 splash Blue Curacao liqueur 1 splash sweet and sour mix 1 splash soda water

Pour gin into an ice-filled highball glass, and fill with cranberry juice. Add blue curacao, sour mix and soda. Shake gently, add more curacao until royal-purple, and serve.

Janis Joplin

Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas and was a devoted Southern drinker until the day she died. She preferred to drink Southern Comfort.

1/2 oz Southern Comfort peach liqueur 1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur 1/2 oz Grand Marnier orange liqueur 1/2 oz orange juice 1/2 oz pineapple juice 1 splash grenadine syrup

Stir ingredients together and serve.

The Dancing Nancy

We're naming this one after a cut from Dave Matthews Band's first album. This drink is for the healthy green folks we always see at their summer concerts. They do things like buy locally grown food, run marathons, and start their own compost piles all while looking beautiful.

2 oz. Square One Cucumber 1 oz. Organic Watermelon Juice 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice 1/4 oz. Organic Agave Nectar 5 Sprigs Of Mint Ice

Remove leaves from all but one sprig of mint. Place mint leaves and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker and muddle for 15 seconds. Add ice, watermelon juice and lemon juice and shake. Strain the liquid into a chilled martini glass and garnish with remaining mint leaf.

The Family Man

Henry Rollins of Black Flag is a sober man, quoted as advising people to "Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp." If for some reason you decide to pull a Rollins and stay sober for New Years festivities, try this non-alcoholic cocktail. Named after the 1984 Black Flag album.

2 oz mango juice 1 oz pineapple juice 1 oz orange juice 1/2 oz strawberry syrup 2 oz dry ginger ale

Shake juice and syrup, and strain into an ice-filled wine goblet. Add the ginger ale, garnish with fruit in-season, and sprinkle with grated nutmeg. Serve with straws.

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