So it's Making A List time again.
I can't begin to do that. Especially musically, I'm way too all over the map to have a top ten for the year. And a lot of what I like the most got recorded in 1968 or 1988 or 1928, not to minimize the talents of the contemporary musicians I like to feature on my show, too. But I did name a cocktail of the year last year, so I imagine I should do it again.
I spent some time reading back through my blog. There were drinks I really loved, like the Cherry Smash of about a month back (yeah yeah Treavor, that's what she said). And there were a few worthy creations of my own, like the coconut water and mint-flavored Harry, named for Harry Nilsson's "you put de lime in de..." song. Not to mention The Treavor, my attempt at a modern Bajan rum punch, in honor of our (that's what HE said) Area 24 program director. A recipe called a Live Basil Gimlet, found in the NY Times during the summer, was WONDERFUL (gin, muddled basil leaves, fresh lime juice, simple syrup or agave).
But none of them really said 2011 to me. it was a singular time for us at Area 24, as it was for many folks in our Hudson River Valley nabe. We Got Through It seems to be the summation I'm hearing most as friends and family look back on the last twelve months, and I think that's about right. It was not an easy year. 2011 started in blizzards, segued rapidly into one of the wettest summers on record with some brutal heat thrown in, rattled its way through an earthquake, opened the door to a monster hurricane that got us locked out of our studios for two weeks, and faded out into a curiously mild autumn capped with (what else?) a WTF Halloween blizzard. Area 24 managed to stay on the air for most of it, but the local cable company ran our signal through some sort of electronic Cuisinart for awhile in November and December--and of course, there were the odd power failures. High winds. Lines down. DJ's careening down Route 9W with branches crashing onto the road in front of their cars. Yikes.
Yeah, we got through it. How? And what is it that we need for the New Year, the hopefully not-so Mayan 2012? COURAGE, Mr. Cowardly Lion. And A French 75 or two wll give you just that. So.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Cocktails with Chris 2011 Drink Of The Year...
...THE FRENCH 75
For each drink:
1/4 oz each gin, cointreau, and lemon juice
4 oz champagne
Shake the gin, cointreau, and lemon juice in an iced cocktail shaker and strain into the bottom of a good-sized champagne flute. Garnish with a long, curly lemon twist.
Alternately, you can use 1 and 1/2 oz of gin and a half oz each of the lemon juice and cointreau, shake, and pour over ice cubes in Collins glasses, topping off with the champagne and garnishing with lemon twists and home made maraschino or brandied cherries. A much stronger but equally tasty drink.
At home, Mr. Potter and I always make up a batch of these when we take the Christmas trees down on January 6th (Epiphany or 12th night). It puts a good spin on the New Year. And gives you the guts to keep on keeping on!
Courage, everyone! Skol, and see you on the air at 4.