Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday Night Jazz at The MOTUS Twilight-Nocturne Lounge

Welcome to another evening at The MOTUS Twilight-Nocturne Lounge, where we melt the worries of life and time away with cocktails and music.

motus TNL-bar

Little Mo is  tending bar tonight.


Just nod,  he knows what you want.

Tonight’s featured drink is the classic Manhattan cocktail:

The Manhattan is a boozy, sophisticated drink that embraces the energy of the city after which it's named. But unlike its cosmopolitan brother in arms, it is dark and moody: If the Martini is James Bond's drink, the Manhattan is Bruce Wayne's.



  • 2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey (Little Mo recommends Rye, although bourbon is traditional)
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth (Little Mo recommends Dolin or Martini & Rossi)
  • 2 Dashes of Bitters (Angostura or Cecil & Merl)
  • 1-3 Cherries (Little Mo recommends dried tart cherries that you have marinated for a week in brandy or red wine)


Manhattan_with dried cherries

  • OR, a Twist of Lemon
  • OR both



It’s a favorite of hapless Madison Avenue advertising executives like Mad Men’s Don Draper:

Mad-Men-RestaurantsDon listens as boss Roger Sterling discloses his marital problems at the legendary Oak Room Bar in the fabled Plaza Hotel in this season-one Mad Men episode.

And North By Northwest’s Roger Thornhill, another  NY ad executive, curiously mistaken for a government agent and framed for murder. Boy, who wouldn’t want to do that – frame a government agent, I mean.

cary grant oak room barRoger Thornhill, in happier times at the Oak Room Bar, before he was identified as a government worker.

As long as you’re not a New York advertising executive, Manhattans, in moderation of course, are probably safe to consume. So chill out with this evening’s special entertainment - Georgie Auld with his sultry rendition of Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers’ classic: “Harlem Nocturne.”  I think it fits in nicely with tonight’s theme of  hapless hucksters who may be either Mad Men or government agents, or both.


“Harlem Nocturne”

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