Go ahead, Drink the Live Aid

The 80’s, man. Bright colors, big hair, and even bigger shoulder pads. It truly was a decade to be remembered. However, in the humble opinion of us folks at Carolina Cuisines, the true legacy of the 80’s lies within  the music.

Hop in your time machine and journey back 32 years to 1985.  Live Aid was a  series of rock concerts benefitting those affected by the Ethiopian Famine. Concerts were hosted at Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. The event was created by Bob Geldof and featured musical powerhouses as headliners. This included the likes of U2, Phil Collins, David Bowie, and Queen. While the event as a whole created history, it was the 24 minute set from Queen that left lasting impact. With what is widely considered to be the greatest live performance, the crowd was left reeling from Freddie Mercury’s command of the crowd combined with the energetic setlist.

Here at Carolina Cuisines we recreated our own boozy Live Aid with drinks inspired by our favorite headliners.

Are you a Bowie fan? We implore you to imbibe in a classic martini…

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  • 1 part dry vermouth
  • 6 parts Gin (Bowie preferred Bombay Sapphire, classy as ever)

What to do with em’ :

  • For a basic (straight) Martini, pour all your ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Once its stirred, strain your drink into a chilled martini glass. If ya fancy, garnish with lemon peel or olives.

If you fancy Mr. Mercury a bit more, try some vodka on for size. He preferred to keep it nice and simple with some Stolyknachya over ice.

Or, if U2 is more your style pour yourself a pint of Guinness like a true Irishman.

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And finally, if none of that floats your boat we give you a drink that practically screams 1980’s…..the beautiful…that tacky….Sex on the beach.

Sex on beach censored


  • 1 1/3 oz. Vodka
  • 1 1/3 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 1 1/3 oz. Orange Juice

What to do with em’ :

Put all the booze in a highball glass filled with ice, then garnish it with an orange slice.

Now, go forth! Drink, Dance, and listen to some Good Tunes!


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