“For this drink, I went with Buckwheat Zydeco. I love that front porch music. That sit-down, laid-back toe tapping. Naturally, I named my drink after something to do with the front porch, so it became the Rocking Chair. Got me a strong sipping cocktail with Booker’s bourbon, and a little Disaronno to sweeten it up. It’s lovely, and it’s just what I imagine drinking on a front porch. Thought of naming it a couple of things: the Wicker Chair, other things related to the front porch, but the Rocking Chair was the best I could come up with. Thought about the Bug Zapper, the Toe Tapper… I was coming up with all kinds of crap.
I called my mom to talk to her about it. She says, ‘We call it porch drinking. We porch drink all the time.’ I called her to get her input because she’s a porch sitter. She drinks margaritas, pomegranate margaritas, or red wine during the week. It’s margaritas on Sunday.
I drink everything. Coors Light, if I drink beer. Something light and crispy. If I drink liquor, it’s usually green chartreuse. Nice and neat. If I have a cocktail, it’s usually a French 75. It’s delicious. Probably my favorite drink. Gin! Gin all day… I’m not big on the cognac. I drink gin and citrus, or mescal and citrus. Those are my goto favorites.
I’m from Mississippi. I grew up on a porch, with a swing, the table set up and everything. Now I live on Canal Street, without a porch, but I got lucky. If you crawl out of my window, there’s a rooftop that acts like a porch. I don’t have anything up there because I’m scared my landlord will find out that I’m up there. I go out on the rooftop and read books or whatever. Can’t set up a fire pit and have chairs and all that. A portable hot tub was even brought up to me, by one of my friends. ‘You know what you’ve got to do, right?’ But I live right above Subway, and if something was to go wrong, we’d be in Subway’s dining area. So we keep it simple. Go out there and drink a beer, or an Old Fashioned. Sipper drinks, so they’ll last, and you don’t have to keep going back inside. Something you can drink for a good 30 minutes. Something on the rocks, so it won’t get hot. Strong and sweet, so it gets better as it sits. So that’s where I went with this cocktail.
I’ve never created a cocktail for a musician before, which is weird because that’s an easy one. Two songs into listening, the recipe came right to me. I guess you feel music more than you feel a lot of things. It’s easy to relate. I listened to a couple of Buckwheat Zydeco songs and saw myself sitting on a porch with this drink. He’s amazing and he’s been around for a long time. He recorded a lot of songs I didn’t even realize I’d heard.”