Ice Station Reindeer

And here it is, folks



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


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!


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.