Wilkommen, Bienvenue, and Welcome, im Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabaret, mein freunds!
And today we are in beautiful Berlin Germany, center of culture for the newborn Republic of Germany! Yes, the Kaiser is gone, and though tensions run deep and pockets run empty, there's no doubt that the nation is thriving scientifically and culturally with a music, dance, and film scene that leaves even Paris in the dust!
After a lovely time in Rio, we arrive courtesy of the palacial accomodations of the Graf Zeppelin , the largest airship ever constructed to date, and a symbol of Germany's phoenix-like rise from the ashes of the Great War into the new era of peace and democracy that is overtaking the world. Slow, smooth, and simply stunning, there is perhaps no better way to travel than by air.
Care to join us in the lounge?
[1 - yes, I'm aware the Graf Zeppelin post-dates Weimar. Just go with it!]
Our travels take us across the mighty Atlantic all the way to Friedrichstraße in Berlin and the (in)famous Weiße Maus Cabaret. Here we partake in stunningly shameless show girls, original music, and fine libations. For our opener, enjoy the lovely and talented Lotte Lenya sing the famous Macky Messer, written by her husband Kurt Weil and the legendary Bertold Brecht for their stunning new adaption of John Gay's classic Beggar's Opera which they call Die Dreigroschenoper, or The Three Penny Opera. [Our future fans may know the song as Mack the Knife from one of its many, many famous covers, be it Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, or Bobby Darren. ]
And next, a rising star of untold beauty and limitless personality, Marline Dietrich (Mein Gott!), shows us a peek at life in Berlin's Cabaret scene, from 1931's Der Blaue Engel (the Blue Angel), singing Falling in Love with You:
Yes, here anything truly goes! Drinks and sex in unlimited flavors, whatever your desires. Even the Forbidden Love between those of the same gender is old news around here, so just relax and go where your heart or any other part of you cares to take you! Yes, folks, censorship and modesty are on the way out and a new, open libertine world is arising right here in Berlin! Sure, there's some political unrest and a recent upswing from the far right (such as that silly little Austrian Corporal down in Munich), but trust me when I say that by 1940 Berlin, Germany, will be hailed as the world's great bastion of freedom and acceptance!
But enough talk, let's move on to the drinks! Tonight's libation is a European classic that mixes sophistication, sweet, sour, and strong in a manner reminiscent of Miss Dietrich herself, the Sidecar Cocktail! Originally from Paris (much like the cabaret), it's become a natural anywhere good libations are appreciated.
- 2 oz Cognac or Brandy
- 1 oz Triple Sec (traditionally uses Cointreau)
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.