I remember when I was planning my wedding, this bartender advised me never to serve champagne for the toast because people never drink it and I thought, why? Is that true? Isn't champagne nothing more than sparkling white wine which is, in my opinion, delicious?
These days its popular to put just about anything in your cocktail... tarragon. Peppers.
But before all of this avant-garde experimentation there was.... beetle juice. That's right, bug carcasses gave Campari, a liquor cabinet essential, its distinctively red hue. A little insect protein in a cocktail never hurt anyone, right?
I just finished watching We're Not Dressing, a screwball comedy flick about a motley crew of socialites stranded on a deserted island. It isn't the most thought-provoking film ever made, but it is darn funny, and Bing Crosby's crooning makes it well worth the watch. My favorite moment is when Bing glares at spoiled princess Doris (played by one of my favorite actresses, Carole Lombard) while singing a song about loving your neighbor and how those in high places can topple at any time. Hollywood has always been good at social commentary!