¡Viva WFMU!

Santa laid the gift of properly cold weather on us, just for the day, on our annual visit over the river and across the light rail tracks to the fur-lined fallout shelter and Fool’s Paradise with Rex.

Festive is one word you could use for Rex’s annual office party/wild-and-sordid -45-a-thon. While the grease was spread from 1-3:00, the party raged.  Twisting was seen.  The crisp cheezy crackers from chef Coco were wolfed.  The meat pops looked jolly, and with sugar plums, party mix and jillion cookie varieties no one went hungry.

And then ¡Viva Santa!, this year’s holiday cocktail was served.  We have to say it was a fine companion to snacks both salty and sweet.

For the home game:  You’ll need tequila, Strega liquor, a lemon to juice, a cinnamon stick, a chunk of pineapple, and a cocktail cherry. Also a cocktail shaker, a toothpick or cocktail sword type thing, and ice.  Here’s how you do it.

Shake up over ice:

1 1/2 ounce tequila blanco (we used Pueblo Viejo)

3/4 ounce Liquore Strega

1/4 ounce lemon juice

When you’ve got it nice and cold, pour into a chilled cocktail glass. From a cinnamon stick, grate a dusting on top.  And your garnish is a speared cube of pineapple plus a cocktail cherry.  A green sword looks great if you’ve got one.

Some fine-tuning may be necessary depending on sweetness of lemons.

Ground cinnamon is not recommended; it can get lumpy.

For those not familiar with Strega, it’s a not-too-sticky-sweet Italian herbal liqueur that somehow has a note of cocoa.  It’s great in cookies and cakes btw.  Most famous is the torta caprese.

Writer Paul Lukas chews the fat with Rex on-air.  Fool’s Paradise general counsel Nancy advises.

  Kathleen was let out of her go-go cage for the holidays.
 ¡Viva Santa! in its natural habitat.
Mary surveys the scene and finds it o.k.
Rex starts the day the Grade “A” Fancy way.
Miss Philippines  – er, Vicky, receiving gifts as Chris and Gaylord lurk festively in the background.
A toast:  Feliz Whoop De Doo!

This year's cocktail recipe, all potions of Christmases past, and sundry other meditations on the season and cocktails in general, can be found in the lavishly illustrated booklet we have titled Hark! the Radio Bartender Brings. Don't delay order today!


Holiday Cocktail Replay

From the pages of our new holiday cocktail book, Hark! The Radio Bartender Brings, here is one of our favorites. An early effort—and a tasty one—from 2009, called Tight Before Christmas.

Tight Before Christmas

December 19, 2009

A Gimlet in fir

Our radio host, Rex, is a man of definite tastes. Because his usual cocktail bar nip is a Gimlet, we fashioned this special holiday version with him in mind.

Zirbenz has a beautiful piney scent, and this drink will bring back memories of the time you woke up facedown in the snow with a Christmas tree branch in your mouth. What? Come on, everybody’s done that.
1 ½ ounce Bombay Dry Gin
¾ ounce Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur
¼ ounce Rose’s Lime Juice
¼ ounce pear nectar
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

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