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10 Songs That Sync With Whatever You're Sipping

Memories remind you of music, and music can just as easily bring back memories. But enhancing every song with the right beverage, well, those are the memories worth forging.

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1. Arcade Fire — "Reflektor"

Song mood: With a conga beat and back-up vocals from David Bowie, it's part pining-for-a-time-free-of-social-media and part searching-for-a-meaningful-relationship.


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What's in it: muddled sugars; bitters; whiskey, brandy, or rum; and an orange rind.

Why you're drinking it: Besides the nod in its title, it harkens back to a simpler time. It's a permanent classic for the modern era.

2. Lady Gaga — "Do What U Want"

Song mood: It's a clever pun on her body of work, but including R. Kelly can turn up the sexual tension on just about anything.

Hot Buttered Rum

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What's in it: boiled water, brown sugar, butter, rum, and spices.

Why you're drinking it: Keeping warm, bringing the heat up, or just indulging in the sweet stuff.

3. Drake — "Hold On, We're Going Home"

Song mood: A lusty R&B ballad straight out of a Miami Vice soundtrack from a man who constantly walks the line between rapper and singer.


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What's in it: muddled sugar and mint leaves, club soda, rum, and fresh lime juice.

Why you're drinking it: It's one of the most popular drinks of the Vice era, a perfect blend of refreshing, sweet, and sour.

4. Capital Cities — "Safe and Sound"

Song mood: Upbeat even in the face of potential danger.

Rum Swizzle

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What's in it: rum, falernum liqueur (a Caribbean spiced spirit), simple syrup, and lemon juice.

Why you're drinking it: It puts up a sweet and beautiful front, but it's packing quite a bit of force.

5. Daft Punk — "Doin' It Right"

Song mood: Doesn't matter how you do it, you're about to have fun dancing.

French 75

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What's in it: gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar.

Why you're drinking it: Two French gentlemen make up Daft Punk and this song features a Baltimore, Maryland native. This drink was invented in Paris' Harry's New York Bar, then popularized by New York City's Stork Bar. It's also got enough bubbles and kick in it to get anyone's feet moving.

6. Bastille — "Pompeii"

Song mood: Almost percussive backup vocals prop up lyrics that alternate between how drastically things can change and how all it takes to get back is closing your eyes for a second.

7. The 1975 — "Chocolate"

Song mood: Slightly nervous that your style attracts more attention from the police than anyone else, but still ready to make mistakes and let the night take you wherever it may.

Cuba Libre

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What's in it: rum, cola, and lime juice.

Why you're drinking it: The first time this was made, the toast that rang out was "Por Cuba Libre," or "For a free Cuba." So as you attract attention tonight, remember both you and your drinks can always be free in spirit and mind.

8. CHVRCHES — "Gun"

Song mood: Absolutely livid. Everyone but the ex just clear a path. As for the ex? Keep running.

The Godfather

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What's in it: amaretto and scotch over ice.

Why you're drinking it: "If you'd come to me in friendship, this scum who [hurt] your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by some chance an honest man like yourself made enemies they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you." — Don Corleone

9. St. Lucia — "All Eyes on You"

Song mood: Attentive and focused on the single most important thing in the room.

Horse's Neck

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What's in it: brandy and ginger ale garnished with a long lemon peel.

Why you're drinking it: Horses have noticeably long necks, perfect for keeping your head and eyes pointed directly at the center of attention.

10. Janelle Monáe — "Primetime"

Song mood: Racy. Real racy.


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What's in it: white rum, dark rum, overproofed rum, lime juice, and passion fruit syrup.

Why you're drinking it: You're about to get swept up in a whole bunch of passion.