Gearing up for the upcoming tour with his wife of more than 40 years, Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo took a break and mixed up a high octane  Arnold Palmer with master mixologist Paul Zahn for L.A. Weekly, made with his signature Three Chord Bourbon recently at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.

The father of two daughters, Haley and Hana Giraldo, who have appeared on Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive and Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules, the film composer is also the founder of Steel Bending Spirits.  

“When I first began playing guitar, I realized that if I could learn to play three basic chords — the roots of the blues — feel their meaning, perfect their sound, I could have a career in music,” Giraldo writes on the Three Chord website. “I also recognized that the beauty of the perfect melody, the arrangement of those notes and the  vibrations of those tones, could impact one’s mood and elicit powerful emotions.

“One night as I was sipping bourbon in my studio with friends, the conversation naturally turned to music, sound and composition. We began to wonder how blending the “tones” of various whiskeys together could create a unique “harmony” of flavor.

“We knew bourbon’s role in Americana music and the American dream. We knew we loved it.  We knew that the blues and the “three chord” progression were a blank score that we could compose our own masterpiece with. Truth, heart, and integrity.”

Three Chord Amplify Rye Whiskey is drier and spicier than most whiskey and  offers a mix of flavors and aromas not present in bourbon and  features the grain-forward and almost grassy character of young Kentucky rye.  

Here’s the recipe: 

Three Chord Arnold Palmer

2 parts Three Chord Amplify Rye Whiskey

1/2 oz. peach liqueur

2 parts iced tea

2 part sparkling lemonade

In a mixing glass, add Three Chord Rye Whiskey, peach liqueur, iced tea and shake. Top with sparkling lemonade. Garnish: lemon wheel and mint sprig.


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