I have always enjoyed a well made cocktail since I was in college. Originally, I mostly drank “man’s” drinks with out any frills…scotch or bourbon (neat or on the rocks) and martinis were staples for me. Mixed drinks were usually gin and tonics, bourbon and cola or vodka and cranberry. For a period of time in the 1990′s and early 2000′s wine become dominant in my drinking, although a well made martini continued to be a favorite. Of course I also drank my fair of beer throughout the years as well.
In 2006 my interest in classic cocktails really started to develop. The catylist was moving to our present home in Germantown, WI. Among the many great features of the house was the finished basement with a built in bar. The space has a totally retro feel including smoked mirrors behind the bar and shag carpet. My deal with Gwen was simple…she’d be able to do whatever she wanted to the rest of the house, but the basement was mine. Thus, the Twilight Lounge was born.
Since then my interest in classic and craft cocktails has grown, as has the stock of liquors, liqueors and accessories. And now, inspired by the movie Julie and Julia, I’ve decided to embark on a journey through the world of cocktails…365 of them in 365 days. I will mark today, April 24, 2010 as day zero.
Q & A with Daddy-O
I frequently get questions about cocktails, lounge culture, music, tiki decor and eyebrow hair removal (I’m not sure why, but heck, why not?) So, I’ll answer some of those questions here.
Q. Is it OK to serve a martini with olives that are stuffed with pimentos?
A. Absolutely not! You can use cocktail olives stuffed with almonds, blue cheese, garlic, but never, never, ever use an olive stuffed with a pimento. That’s for salads, not martinis!
Q. Can you invent a cocktail that uses Peppermint Schnapps? My girlfriend really likes that stuff.
A. No. Next question!
Q. What music should I play at my next cocktail party?
A. My current playlist includes a mix of Ultralounge tracks, Gin Wigmore and Frankie Flowers. Be sure to have Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in the mix as well.
Well, that’s all I have time for today….
The renovation of the Twilight Lounge continued today with the scraping up of the old pad that was under the carpet. Yes, I’m sad to report that the shag carpet is forever gone. In it’s place will be a slick cork floor. In the meantime, I’m stuck trying to remove carpet pad that had been glued down to the cement underfloor. Ugh!
More Renovation Update:
The new floor is down and I’m one more piece of quarter round moulding away from being complete!
The Twilight Lounge:
I’ve been asked for pictures from the Lounge. Here’s a small sample:
December 4, 2010 – Christmas at the Twilight Lounge!
The Christmas decor is up – check out the latest photos!
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the aluminum tree!
The Boom Boom Room and poker table.
New Year’s Eve Party at the Twilight Lounge