Mixtapes & Mixology: The Playlist [Slideshow]

Zac Snyder teamed up with Kansas City Bear Fighters to create his “Thunder Being Picnic.”

Zac Snyder teamed up with Kansas City Bear Fighters to create his “Thunder Being Picnic.”

Lemons were smoked, milk was intentionally curdled and the cocktails got funky at Mixtapes & Mixology on July 9. The event, sponsored by Pierre Ferrand, was jointly held by The Recommended Daily and The Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival at The Kill Devil Club. It brought together 12 mixologists, who each created a cocktail based on a track of their choosing from a local band [the recipes and pairings are here, if you’re curious].

The bartenders got on stage to explain their drink’s inspiration as attendees sipped tasters and listened to the track that served as inspiration. The crowd’s favorite was The American’s Paige Unger. The winner of the evening’s golden microphone (as decided by RD and the PopFest crew) was Justus Drugstore’s Zac Snyder. [You can hear Snyder and Port Fonda’s Caitlin Corcoran talk about the event on an episode from last week’s KCUR’s Central Standard]. The night culminated with a live performance by Loaded Goat. Photojournalist Julie Denesha captured the scene at Mixtapes & Mixology — a slideshow of her shots are below.

The Rieger's Jenn Tosatto carries a tray of her 'Sweeney's Pride,' based on a track from The Late Night Callers.

The Rieger’s Jenn Tosatto carries a tray of her ‘Sweeney’s Pride,’ based on a track from The Late Night Callers.

The crowd tries the first round of cocktails.

The crowd tries the first round of cocktails.

Unger shakes her cocktail, Cognac Sheets.

Unger shakes her cocktail, Cognac Sheets.

Scott Tipton, paired up with Cadillac Flambe, pours in a little Plantation Rum to create “Blues in the Morning.”

Scott Tipton, paired up with Cadillac Flambe, pours in a little Plantation Rum to create “Blues in the Morning.”

Kenny Cohrs shakes it to Mark Lowrey's "It's a Magic Number."

Kenny Cohrs shakes it to Mark Lowrey for “It’s a Magic Number.”

Cohr's cocktail -- a take on a raspberry gin fizz.

Cohr’s cocktail — a take on a raspberry gin fizz.

The cocktail judging continues.

The cocktail judging continues.

Ryan Rama preps his cocktail (his muse was Maps for Travelers).

Ryan Rama preps his cocktail. His muse was Maps for Travelers.

The 12 competitors gather at the end of the night.

The 12 competitors gather at the end of the night.

Snyder holds aloft the golden microphone.

Snyder holds aloft the golden microphone.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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