Welcome to The MOTUS Twilight Nocturne Lounge. We’ve been expecting you. After a week of sticky wickets including everything from lies, cover-ups and allusions to Watergate, I’m expecting a big virtual crowd, so pull up a chair, and unwind.
Sit anywhere you like. If you’re flush and feel like buying a few rounds for a lonely lady, there’s a seat next to MoDo over at the “blue” bar, which is normally reserved for weepy liberals. Butt be forewarned; she’s looking for a shoulder to cry on.
If you’ve been here before, you know how this works. Just nod at Little Mo when you’re ready for a beverage. He knows what you want. Our featured cocktail tonight is the Classic Champagne Cocktail. Why the Classic Champagne Cocktail? Well, aside from the fact that it goes to your head it’s also a classic. And In the 1948 movie "The Red Shoes" (get it?) two of the principal characters - the ballerina and the ballet director – order champagne cocktails and discuss life and dancing:
Ah yes, the young MoDo would have identified very much with Victoria: a young redhead torn between the man she loves and her career.
Alas, for poor Victoria choosing the career was disastrous. Not so, I’m sure, for MoDo. After all, she’s won Pulitzer Prizes.
Butt back to the champagne cocktail heritage: It was also favored by Victor Laszlo and Captain Renault in the 1942 movie Casablanca:
And Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant, in the chick flick nonpareil, An Affair to Remember.
There are many champagne cocktails butt only one Classic Champagne Cocktail. Nobody knows the exact origin of this libation, butt it is contained in "Professor" Jerry Thomas' book Bon Vivant's Companion, first published in 1862.
Classic Champagne Cocktail
Soak a sugar cube in bitters, drop it into a flute
Fill the flute with Champagne ( white or pink- it’s a diversity friendly cocktail)
Garnish with a twist of lemon or orange
As you know, Lady M prefers Dom.
I enjoy the Kirkland Signature Champagne Brut from my local Costco warehouse club (membership has its privileges) for around 20 bucks, butt any decent (non- Andre) champagne is fine. If it’s been one of those weeks, or if you just want to kick it up a notch, try adding 1 oz of brandy – BAM! Some people don’t consider it optional, butt it is.
For this evening’s entertainment we have one of my personal favorites, Diana Krall playing in the piano bar. Here she is tuning up with the boys and singing one of my all-time favorite songs, “You Go to My Head.”
So without further adieu, sit back, relax, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and let the music take you to a safer, warmer place and time…
Oh, and I’m going to need a volunteer to take MoDo home. Would one of you non-imbibers mind being a designated driver?
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network