12/26/21

Ice Station Reindeer

And here it is, folks
Our original 2021 FOOL’S PARADISE HOLIDAY DRINK

ICE STATION REINDEER

Ingredients:

2 oz tequila
1 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz Noilly Prat rouge vermouth (or similar quinine-forward sweet red vermouth)
1 barspoon absinthe
1 barspoon agave syrup
1 egg white
a few drops of Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters
tiny pinch of salt

Garnishes:

a few drops of Angostura bitters
grapefruit peel

In advance:

Chill glasses – It’s a big drink, so one 5-6 ounce cocktail glass, or two coupes
Squeeze grapefruit juice
Separate an egg (Reserve the yolk for challah or babka or any other use)

When you're ready to go:

Add all ingredients except garnishes into the mixing glass.
Add ice.
Shake shake shake the drink in a Boston shaker (the two-piece thingy) and strain. A reverse shake is recommended to best fluff up your meringue.

Pour the mixture into your pre-chilled glass or glasses. With a dropper or a small spoon, top the foam with a few decorative drops of Angostura bitters. Squeeze a piece of grapefruit peel over the glass to express the fragrant oils; twist the peel into the drink, and serve.

And to all a good night!

12/22/21

Tune In Saturday

 



This Saturday, December 25th, 2021, Grade "A" Fancy shakes up the airwaves, cocktail style.

In what we hoped wouldn’t become a holiday tradition, this year's Fool's Paradise holiday party on the mighty WFMU will be a remote affair. This time we weren’t banned from the studio for subversive behavior or destructive twisting, it is the social distancing requirements, honest. That’s what Rex told us anyway.

It's always an event when our host Rex celebrates the American Novelty Songbook in true Fool's Paradise style, spinning more zany holiday-themed novelty records than anyone might think is prudent, and all at 45 r.p.m. Grade "A" Fancy's own Chief Mixing Officer will once again unveil a brand new cup of hooch specially created to mark the occasion, mixed before your very ears! This feature we like to call "Bartender of the Airwaves" is truly a milestone in broadcasting history.

What will this year’s cocktail be? Tune on Saturday from 1 to 3pm ET when the name and recipe will be revealed. In the tri-state area, listen on the mighty WFMU 91.1 FM Jersey City and NYC, and 90.1 and 91.9 in the Hudson Valley. If you find yourself stranded somewhere in the Yukon, or behind a skyscraper, listen in real time at WFMU.org, via the miracle of the internet. If you insist on spending the day with family the show will be archived so you'll be able to enjoy the radio hi-jinx at your leisure for years to come.


What will you need to play the home game?

Here is your shopping list (check it twice):

Tequila – the blanco variety and preferably nothing too smooth

Noilly Prat rouge vermouth – or a similar spicy and quinine-forward red vermouth

Absinthe – we used Vieux Pontarlier

Grapefruit – one

Pineapple juice

Egg – one

Agave syrup

Angostura Bitters

Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters
 
Chill your glasses and we'll see you Saturday! Well, you'll hear us. You know what we mean, listen in. And check this space after the show for the official recipe.

12/16/20

It's a Holiday Tradition

Welcome to the Weird Winter Wonderland of 2020.


UPDATE!

 

And here it is—our Grade “A” Fancy original holiday cocktail for 2020, as debuted live on the Fool's Paradise program featuring Rex on WFMU:

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๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด:
2 oz blended Scotch
½ oz Lazzaroni Amaretto
¼ oz Cynar
¼ oz orange juice
Dash of Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters
2-4 raspberries

๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜›๐˜ฐ: Crush one raspberry in your shaker. Add ice, and the liquids; shake well and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish: 1-3 raspberries in the glass.
๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ!

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This Saturday, December 19th, tune in to the Fool's Paradise program on the Fun 91, WFMU for the holiday tradition the kids all cry for, when your deejay Rex hosts a way-out office party on the air featuring more zany holiday-themed novelty records than anyone might think is prudent. But wait—there’s more. Grade "A" Fancy's chief mixing officer Karen, your the Radio Bartender, will unveil a brand new cocktail shaken up specially for the occasion.


What will it be? Tune on Saturday from 1 to 3pm ET on the mighty WFMU 91.1 FM Jersey City, and 90.1 in the Hudson Valley. If you find yourself stranded somewhere in the Yukon, you can listen in real time at WFMU.org, via the miracle of the internet.  


What will you need to play the home game? 

Here is your shopping list (check it twice):

  • Scotch (a blended one; Famous Grouse is good, and Ballantine's is terrific—their bottle still looks like the bellboy brought it up)

  • Amaretto (Lazzaroni brand suggested)

  • Cynar bitter liqueur

  • Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters

  • an orange (for juice)

  • 2-4 raspberries

We'll see you Saturday! Or you'll hear us. You know what we mean, listen in already. And check this space after the show for the official recipe.

...and to all a good night!

7/7/20

Be the Toast of the Remote Hosts



Friends, we'll admit it. The New Reality has become problematic. In a word: bleccch.

One bright spot has been the digital cocktail parties we’ve attended with our pals, acquaintances, and friends of friends. In the ancient past, Ma Bell had a slogan promoting its long-distance service that went, “It’s the next best thing to being there.” The Zoomies and the Facetymes aren’t exactly that, but they’re all we got. Since remotely socializing seems to take up a such an important hunk of our lives now, the staff of Grade “A” Fancy took quill to electro-parchment and created a little something on the subject. The result is our instructional booklet, (The insider’s guide on how to be) The Toast of the Remote Hosts.




How do I host one myself? you ask. Our new all-original pamphlet gets right to the heart of the matter, with twenty-four stylishly illustrated pages full of tips to make your next remote happy hour a smashing success. You will learn how to keep the conversation flowing, spot trouble before it can derail the fun, and you’ll pick up some basic cyber-etiquette, if you dare—all to help you become the remote host with the most. There are hints on how to keep things interesting while the quarantine drags on, and even a few cocktail suggestions—it’s a truly unique booklet chockablock with entertainment value.



Printable download now available in the Etsy shop.

12/22/19

Tipsified Vixen


For the home hobbyist, here is the recipe for our 2019 Fool's Paradise holiday cocktail.

Tipsified Vixen

2 oz pisco (we liked BarSol Quebranta)
1 oz Italian sweet vermouth
Generous ¼ oz Giffard Banane du Brรฉsil
¼ oz orange juice (or Mandarin, better yet)
¼ oz grapefruit juice (or all orange or Mandarin)
½ tsp uncooked simple syrup (or to taste, depending on juices)
Dash Fernet-Branca
5 coffee beans (reserve 3 for garnish)

Give two coffee beans a slight crack. Add the two beans to a shaker with all liquids and shake until icy cold. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and float 3 whole coffee beans atop.

Thanks to our genial host Rex and the entire cast of celebrity guests for making the annual office party a gas! Here is the archived program if you missed the fun.