Booze and Vinyl: What to Drink While Listening to Blondie’s Parallel Lines

Two Blondie-themed cocktails for a punk-rock tea party.

April 24, 2018


The NYC cool kids all hung out at Max’s Kansas City, a restaurant and nightclub featuring drinks named after rockers. The first menu item read, “Blondie: A silky-smooth bombshell with Galliano, crème de cacao, and a good head.” This inviting concoction is properly called a Golden Cadillac.

1 ounce Galliano
2 ounces white crème de cacao
1 ounce light cream

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

A tart and sweet combination to palpitate your heart of glass, this glamorous drink is a perennial party pleaser. If you don’t have lemon bitters, which can be hard to come by, leave them out—the drink is still great without them.

1 ounce London dry gin
2 ounces Lillet Blanc
1⁄2 ounce St-Germain
2 dashes lemon bitters
2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
Grapefruit peel, for garnish

Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.

About this recipe

Blondie, Parallel Lines, 1978
Genre: New Wave, Pop Rock
Producer: Mike Chapman Label: Chrysalis
When to Spin: Punk Rock Tea Party

Hailed by critics as the perfect pop-rock album, Blondie’s third recording launched the band to international fame with hit sin­gles “One Way or Another” and “Heart of Glass.” Leaving their post-punk sound for pure pop, the band still manages to keep some working-class grit between the candy-like melodies. More than anything, the album solidified lead singer Debbie Harry as a purring kitty-cat with vocal chops galore. For a girl who grew up fantasizing that she was the lost daughter of Marilyn Monroe, she emerges here as a dazzling blonde chanteuse herself.

Channel the punk rock tea party that Debbie Harry famously hosted at a London hotel in 1980 for other rocker dames, includ­ing Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie and the Banshees) and Chrissie Hynde (the Pretenders), among others—it’s chronicled in the book Negative, published by Debbie Harry’s then boyfriend and collaborator, Chris Stein.

Reprinted with permission from Booze and Vinyl © 2018 by André Darlington & Tenaya Darlington, Running Press. Photos: Jason Varney.

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