Vinyl Me, Please + KOVAL | Nils Frahm's "Spaces" + The "Ivory Sour" Cocktail

The goal of Vinyl Me, Please is not just to find great albums, but to discover artists that are consistently pushing the boundaries of their respective genres. When the team at VMP told us that their  December artist would be Nils Frahm, an innovative pianist known for his unique combination of classical and electronic music, we knew a classic whiskey sour with a familiar comforting flavor—earl grey tea—would be the perfect companion to his 2013 album Spaces.

The "Ivory Sour:"

2 oz KOVAL Four Grain
1/4 oz Lightly Peated Scotch
1/2 oz Zucca Amaro
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 Earl Grey Syrup

Combine all ingredients in shaking tins, add ice, and shake for 12-15 seconds. Double strain over fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass.

Earl Grey Syrup: Boiler water and slightly over-steep one cup of earl grey tea. While hot, add one cup of light sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Store cold in sealable container. Will keep for 2-3 weeks, or more with an ounce or two of a white, high-proof rum).

Exclusive VMP-edition features:

2LP, die-cut jacket, new inverse color scheme
Two 12″ inserts w/ download code + artist notes
Original 12″ x 12″ art print courtesy of creative director, art and photography editor, designer, brand strategist, writer and illustrator Michael Salu
Custom cocktail pairing recipe courtesy of KOVAL Distillery

Special thanks to Gramovox.