It's a Holiday Tradition

Welcome to the Weird Winter Wonderland of 2020.



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:

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!


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!


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.