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Jazz and Cocktails

Julie London is pure sex. And in this performance of "Bye Bye Blackbird" she's even more purerer sex. The bass player sure knows it. Try watching him for a few moments, if it's possible to take your eyes off of Julie. Stay through to the end for a perfect final touch.

We'll need a cocktail with just as much sex appeal, yet slightly bittersweet to match the lyric. A classic champagne cocktail fits the bill.

You'll need:

A sugar cube

Angostura bitters

A decent brut champagne (Korbel or similar sparkling wine will do nicely)

A twist of orange

This one is so easy, it's almost as sinful as the song. Soak the sugar cube in the bitters, drop it in the bottom of your champagne flute, then fill it with champagne. But please remember to pour gently and slowly, or the bubbles will be spilling up over the top like Julie is almost spilling out of that dress.

Garnish with the twist, and you're done.

Here are the two I just made.


BLEG: According to YouTube, the bass player is with the Bobby Troup Quintet, but that's it. Can anyone ID him? Red Mitchell, maybe?