"12 Cocktails of Christmas" Featuring Megan Barker
What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
I have so many. Christmas really is a special time for me and my family. We all slow down and spend quality time together. Whether its watching a Christmas movie, shopping for gifts, or just grabbing some dinner out, it’s the time of year when we make the most memories.One of my favorite Christmas memories would be hearing sleigh bells outside my house when I was probably 5 years old. I’ll never forget how excited I felt and how quickly I went to sleep!
What’s your idea of a good Christmas dinner?
Ham or prime rib. In my family, we have a tradition of opening gifts and having our celebration on Christmas Eve. We have ham sandwiches and potato salad, a family tradition. Then on Christmas Day, we all sleep in, and then the kids open their gifts from Santa. We watch movies and hang out until its time for prime rib dinner.
Do you have a favorite Christmas album?
Definitely James Taylor’s Christmas album. It became a staple in my house about 10-15 years ago. I love all Christmas music SO MUCH, but it truly doesn’t feel like the holidays until my mom and I put that record on and wrap gifts together.
Do you have any favorite traditions or favorite movies for the holiday season?
We love to watch Christmas movies! Die Hard usually happens, as well as my personal favorite, Christmas Vacation, and Home Alone. “Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal!”
What's been your favorite album of 2019
That’s a tough one. I loved Lennon Stella’s EP as well as Seaforth’s.
What are your hopes for 2020? Any plans?
Hoping to hit the road in 2020 and play all over!! I got to play in Scotland and Ireland this year for the first time. I’d love to do that again and explore more places I’ve never been.
The holiday season brings the best parties and time together with friends and family. What is your signature cocktail recipe that you will be drinking/serving?
I’ll be serving my famous “Cowboy Cocoa” - in honor of my song “Tequila Told Me To” (stream it now!), I like to add a splash of tequila in the hot chocolate to spice things up ;) Here’s the recipe:
1 oz Bittersweet chocolate
1/8 tsp Chili powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tbsp Cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 tbsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract 2 cups Milk *Splash of tequila and cayenne pepper optional
Megan Barker is an accomplished singer and songwriter located in Nashville, TN. Born into the music industry, her father, Bobby P. Barker, wrote songs for country legends such as Ronnie Milsap and Barbara Mandrell.
At 13 years old while living in Las Vegas, Nevada, and inspired by pop legend John Mayer, Megan picked up a guitar and never put it down. She started her career singing at local Las Vegas venues where her unique, prolific songwriting and contagious melodies helped her to work her way up to playing bigger venues including The Linq, The House of Blues, Brooklyn Bowl, The Hard Rock Café, and more. In addition to local radio, TV and Internet broadcasts, Megan has had the privilege of opening concerts for great country acts such as Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, and Eli Young Band.
In 2017, Megan finally planted her roots back home in Nashville. In February 2018, she started a weekly live show called Jammin In Jammies and in March 2018 she announced the release of her highly anticipated EP called, "Leather Souls." The project consists of 4 songs produced by Grammy-nominated Brad Hill (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne) and Lee Holland. In June 2019, Megan full-filled her dream of performing at Nashville's famous CMA Music Festival.