Grab Yer Tux!

Some of my favorite things happened today.

George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” opened on Broadway today in 1935. “One of these mornin’s, you’re gonna rise up singin’. You’re gonna spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky.” I’ll celebrate that.

And if we’re going to the opera, we could wear a tux! The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the Autumn Ball in Tuxedo Park, New York today in 1886. I love to wear a tuxedo. If creation had taken just one more day, I believe we’d all be born in tuxes.

Two of my favorite songwriters were born today; Johnny Green (1908) and John Prine (1946). Mr. Green gave us “Body and Soul”, “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Easy Come, Easy Go”. Mr. Prine gave us “Muhlenberg County” and a gazillion (I counted) other songs that resonate perfectly with my generation and its geography.

Should an angel happen to drift to Earth and decide to play the piano, I suspect the angel would play like Thelonius Monk. Mr. Monk was born today in 1917.

Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born today in 1924. Screen director/writer/actor par execrable, Mr. Wood gave us such timeless classics as “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, Glen or Glenda?” & “Devil’s Night Orgy.” Thanks, Mr. Wood…I think.

Drink 4cast 4 2day.

I’m returning to our trusty tuxedo for today’s libation.

Tuxedo Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Dry Vermouth

1 ½ oz. Royal James Gin

¼ tsp. Maraschino Liqueur

¼ tsp. Anisette

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with cherry.

Straighten your tie.




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