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The Cocktail Hour- Valentine’s Day Edition

cocktailWell, it’s *almost* here. Why wait until Wednesday to eat chocolate? Actually, I don’t think there is a bad time to eat chocolate. It’s like champagne. As Madame Lily Bollinger once said:

I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.

Welcome to the Clinton Cocktail Hour. This is the party where we put down our poison pens and pick up a glass to each other. Our party is rather swank tonight. We’ve let our bartender Rico take the night off so he and Florence can have a little fun. But we have a nice selection of champagnes and cavas.

Or, for something a little different, let me tell you about the flavors of Mehndi, a restaurant in Morristown, NJ with the most amazing bar, SM23. The restaurant features Northern Indian food. Not too hot but more of the tandoori style. The freshness and aromaticity of the spices are married in the cocktails. Each one of these finely crafted little beauties sparkles with unusual ingredients, like chili, burnt lemon, fresh ginger root and green apple. Tonight’s featured drink is:

Pink Grapefruit & Rose Mojito
slapped mint leaves and pink grapefruit
muddled with rose syrup, then shaken with ten
cane rum and ruby red grapefruit juice – served
long over crushed ice

But you can order anything you like.

Tonight, the lights are turned down in our cocktail lounge. There are intimate banquettes, shimmering cocktail glasses in amber candlelight and the lush sounds of Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane.

This old favorite goes out to Hillary and her sax playing partner.

13 Responses

  1. I’ll have one of those Pink Rose Mojito thingies, please.

  2. Rico’s off, but I could shake one up for you. Following a successful software rollout this week, I’ll opt for the champagne. Oh, goodie — Jacquesson et Fils, a favorite. If I can just undo this little wire thingy (Adolphe Jacquesson invented those, btw), it should pop. Mmmm. Delicious. And the music — this is practically aural sex.

  3. Thanks for setting the mood, Riverdaughter. I feel closer to Hillary and her sax playing partner, as well.

  4. BFF: I couldn’t get Dedicated to You to play. Congrats to the f^&*ing software rollout. It’s about time.
    Saw Cloverfield tonight so I’m a bit late. The adolexcent made me get a comedy from Pay Per View to take the shivvers away.

  5. Hey,

    Are you hosting two parties at once? What a busy girl. I was over at Taylor Marsh, and I swear I saw you in your little red cocktail dress over there.

  6. ghost2: It’s an experiment. Taylor was gracious enough to offer us her blog tonight for the Cocktail hour. If it is successful, we’ll do it again. Good spirits are contagious.

  7. I have always loved Anna Quindlen of Newsweek, and now I love her even more. Here’s a piece she wrote on democrats need for unity. But the nugget: she voted for Hillary in New York.

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/109577

  8. ghost2: Ohhh, I wish I could keep up with you. Thank you for the link. I hope you don’t mind if I save it for tomorrow?

  9. Reality chex, on both sides of the table:

    WA turnout looks to be 200,000 or more, at least twice the previous (2004) high.

    Plenty of WA Republicans proudly crossed over to sign in at Democratic caucuses and stick a thumb in Hillary’s eye.

    On the GOP side, with about 80% in, McCain barely beat Huckabee – who barely beat Ron Paul. Margins could tighten or widen but order is unlikely to change as the last returns come in. Later, they have a primary that counts (50%), and we have a primary that doesn’t count for delegate selection.

  10. Ronk: If you want to add some on-the-ground insight in a post, I’m sure we would be grateful to know that Obama’s win comes at the expense of John McCain. Republicans crossing over is noteworthy.

  11. I am interested too if there really are significant numbers of republicans crossing over to vote against Hillary for a day.

  12. The Cocktail hour just blew me away!! The description of the setting made me feel like I was right there in the bar in another world. Talk about good writing skills!!

  13. Thanks, sky. I guess even nerdy geeks can imagine a nice party.
    Pleased to meet you. 🙂

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