If you’re signed up to our mailing list, or you follow us on social media – if not, get involved! – you already know we’ve joined forces with top live music venue Also Known As to bring you the best new music and awesome limited edition graphic tees.
The first AKA tees just dropped! Club Head and Illuminatee have been designed by artist and TikTok content creator par excellence dsillustrates. Like all the tees in this collection, they're from a strictly limited print run and individually numbered. No restocks, ever.
To celebrate our new collab, we gathered the TOC Collective for a night of live music at AKA. First up were boundlessly energetic folk rockers Liam Vincent and the Odd Foxes, followed by incredible indie pop project LONG ISLAND.
Both bands excelled. They're well worth seeing and hearing live. For more about LONG ISLAND, make sure to check out our exclusive interview here.
HOW TO MAKE AN ESPRESSO STOUTINI COCKTAIL
To make the night extra special, the lovely folk at AKA had also created a special cocktail for us. Knowing we love a pint of the black stuff, the Espresso Stoutini is a intoxicating melange of Guinness syrup, coffee, and Jameson’s Irish whiskey, it's nothing short of a taste sensation!
But be warned, like a pugnacious Irish pugilist, the Espresso Stoutini packs a hell of a punch! Should you wish to try it for yourself, haul your arse to AKA or follow this handy recipe.
THE MASTER MIXOLOGIST SPEAKS
To find out more about how this delightful, smooth and sweet-tasting concoction came to be, we spoke to AKA's bar manager and master mixologist James Dickens.
The basis of the cocktail was really the Guinnes syrup. I knew I had to somehow incorporate Skev’s favourite drink, so I broke down the flavour profile of Guinness: strong coffee undertones with prevalent maltiness. The next thing, naturally, was to add fresh espresso.
The coffee really helped to bring out the flavour of the Guinness syrup, without it being too obvious or overwhelming. The next obstacle was the spirit.
I dislike the idea of using plain vodka in cocktails. I don’t think it adds flavour; it’s purely a way of making any drink alcoholic. I wanted to find a spirit to complement the Guinness. Jameson’s whiskey made the most sense, given its flavour and rich Irish heritage.
After spending a long time faffing about with measurements and ratios, I knew I’d almost got it right. But something was still missing. A squeeze of orange peel, expressed over the cocktail, and bang, the Espresso Stoutini was born.
MORE LIMITED EDITION TEES DROPPING SOON
We had an excellent time in AKA. Huge thanks to Mattie, Dave and James for organising everything and making it such an awesome night.
Big thanks also to all those that came along to support us, especially those who bought a tee. You are all beautiful humans.
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