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Cap'n's Cabaret 100th Episode Spectacular!! [Part 1]

Raise your glass, everyone around the world, it's the Cabaret Centenial Celebration!!!

Yes, it's the greatest moment in Entertainment History, a gala celebration that dozens the world over have been eagerly anticipating for the last 99-odd weeks.  It's the official 100th Episode of the Cap'n's Cabaret, your home for Diesel Era Music, Cocktails, Pop Culture, Cocktails, History, Cocktails, Dance, and of course Cocktails.  [image from thewackytacky.blogspot.com]

Thanks to you, my loyal viewers and occasional people who accidentally clicked the link while trying to view Lord K's Garage, the Cabaret is dedicating this "100 Episodes in Review" with a sampler of the music and drinks from the first 99 plus a full list of the music and drinks with links, making this episode also a handy Index Link as well.

So, it's been a long, strange trip up and down the Diesel Era, from the earliest phonographic roots of the Diesel Age music through the World Wars and the Interbellum highs of the 1920s and lows of the 1930s to an atomic blast in the transitional 1950s and early 60s.

It all started way back in August of 2011 with a simple idea: bring the Dieselpunk community a viewer into the culture of the past, it's high points and low, the good, bad, and ugly, such that we can use the Sankofa principle to make something new and relevant to our postmodern world. 

Ah, those early days, when the Cabaret, newly birthed into the Virtual World, was still trying to find it's footing.  Our first 10 episodes traced a meandering path, found a narative, and travelled the world.  We began with an apertif of Negroni and Django, two great compilations of great things that were beyond the sum of their parts.  We had Manhattan Cocktails with Cole Porter in NYC, then a Sazerac in New Orleans, then an Old Fashioned in a Delta Juke Joint with Robert Johnson.  From there hard times on a depression-era boxcar ride through the dust bowl faking a Gimlet with Woody Guthrie which dropepd us off in a dusty little Nevada town called Las Vegas where we shared Whisky Sours and Roy Acuff music with my new Agent, the great Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.  Siegel then took us to a Hollywood Spectacular with Busby Berkely and a Brown Derby Cocktail.  From there it was Mojitos in Havana with Son music, a flight down to Rio in a Pan Am Clipper with a triple feature of music and a Caipirinha Cocktail, and finally a Zepplin trip to the wild Cabarets of Weimar-era Berlin with a nice Sidecar cocktail.  Quite a nice start.  Here's a sampler:



Negroni Cocktail:

[image from 0.tqn.com]

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Campari or Aperol
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

 Shake over Ice, serve in an Old Fashoined glass with a twist of orange peel.


The Early Years; Episodes 1-10:

Ep. 1: Hot Music, Cool Drinks.  Django Reinhart and the Negroni.

Ep. 2: Anything Goes.  Cole Porter and the Manhattan Cocktail.

Ep. 3: The Big Easy. Louie Armstrong and the Sazerac.

Ep. 4: Crossroads. Robert Johnson and the Old Fashioned.

Ep. 5: Hard Times. Woody Guthrie and the Gimlet.

Ep. 6: Nowheresville, Nevada. Roy Acuff and the Whisky Sour. Bonus: meet my "Agent" Benjamin Siegel!

Ep. 7: Hooray for Hollywood! Busby Berkley and the Brown Derby aka De Rigeuer Cocktail.

Ep. 8: Viva Habana! Ignacio Pinero and the Mojito.

Ep. 9: Flying Down to Rio. Triple Feature of sounds and sights of Brazil and the Caipirinha

Ep. 10: Wild, Wonderful Weimar. Bertold Brecht, Marline Dietrich, and the Sidecar Cocktail.


 Our next 10 found us catching our stride, but soon running for our lives. Times were grand, but trouble was looming and soon war was upon us!  We began our journey in Paris with the beautiful Josephine Baker and a nice French 75. Yet almost immediately we were fleeing south with Edith Piaf to a rough casbah in Casablanca for a Jack Rose Cocktail. We made it out into free London for a Cafe de Paris cocktail with Nat Gonella then double cocktails for Christmas on the Yankee Clipper as we made our way back to the USA. We had a new years' celebration in Washington, DC, with Duke Ellington and a Champaign Cocktail and then stomped the Atlantic City Boardwalk with Tommy Dorsey and three Pink Ladies, all courtesy of Mr. Siegel's friend "Nucky" Johnson. Our beach trip continued with a visit to Miami Beach for Daquiris with Don Azpiazu and then on to the musical Mecca of Memphis for a triple musical jam with a Sloe Gin Fizz before ending up in Chicago for a drum-fueled bash with a brandy Smash!



Sidecar Cocktail:

[image from gonola.com]

  • 2 oz Cognac or Brandy
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lemon Juice

 Stir over ice, strain into a Cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist.


Ep. 11: Paris Cheri. Josephine Baker and the French 75 Cocktail.

Ep. 12: C'est la Vie. Edith Piaf and a Sidecar Cocktail (again...oops!).

Ep. 13: Casablanca Casbah. Herman Hupfeld via Casablanca's "Sam" and a Jack Rose Cocktail.

Ep. 14: Paris through British Eyes. Nat Gonella and the Cafe de Paris.

Ep. 15: A Christmas Clipper Cabaret! Ella Fitzgerald with an Irish Coffee and a Clipper Cocktail. Merry Christmas!!

Ep. 16: U-Street New Years. Duke Ellington and the Champaign Cocktail. Happy New Year!

Ep. 17: Stompin' on the Boardwalk. Tommy Dorsey and three versions of the Pink Lady.

Ep. 18: Miami Spice! Don Azpiazu and Hemingway's Daquiri.

Ep. 19: Memphis Jam. Memphis jug band, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith and a Sloe Gin Fizz. Bonus track!  Memphis Minnie.

Ep. 20: Chicago Drum Machine. Benny Goodman (w/ Gene Krupa) and a Brandy Smash.


Our youthful 20s were a carefree and crazy time for the Cabaret, though war ravaged much of the world. We started out in Kansas City with Count Basie and then down to Waco for some Texas Swing and Tequilla Sunrises.  We got a little bit temporally lost and ended up in St. Louis during Prohibition for a bit of Bix and a riverboat cruise. We must've drank more of those "Mississippi Orange Juices" than we thought, because we soon woke up in New Orleans with Louis Prima, Huey Long, and a few gaps in our memory. Then our 25th aniversary special took us to Harlem in its heyday with Cab Calloway, Chick Web, and twin cocktails. Next to Newark, New Jersey for a radio broadcast with Frank Sinatra (he was so cute in his youth!) then all the way across the US to San Fransisco for a Zombie at Don the Beachcomer's.  Next we took the China Clipper with Groucho Marx and Lucky Lindy to Hawaii, then on to Shanghai for a last bash in China!

Ramos Gin Fizz:

[image from wikimedia]

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 3-4 drops orange flower water
  • 1/2 lime — juice only
  • 1/2 lemon — juice only
  • 1 jigger dry gin<\li>
  • 1 white of egg*
  • 1 jigger heavy cream
  • 1 squire seltzer water
  • 2 drops extract vanilla (optional)

 Mix in a tall barglass in the order given; add crushed ice, not too fine as lumps are needed to whip up the froth on the egg white and cream. Use a long metal shaker and remember this is one drink that needs a long, steady shaking. Keep at it until the mixture gets body — “ropy” as some experienced barkeepers express it. When thoroughly shaken, strain into a tall thin glass for serving. [from New Olreans DRINKS and how to mix ‘em by Stanley Clisby Arthur. HARMANSON, Publisher 333 rue Royale, Nouvelle Orleans; 1937]

*Disclaimer: raw egg white can occasionally carry foodborne illness, so if you're not up to the task, take a pass, Jack!


Ep. 21: Kansas City Shuffle. Count Basie and the Bee's Kiss.

Ep. 22: Cowboys and Playboys. Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys and a Tequilla Sunrise.

Ep. 23: St. Louis Swing. Bix Beiderbecke and a "Mississippi Orange Juice (NOT a Soul Kiss Cocktail ;-) ).

Ep. 24: Waking Up in N'awlins (What the Hell Happened?). Louis Prima and the Ramos Gin Fizz.  Bonus: meet Huey Long!

Ep. 25: Hi-de-Ho Harlem! Cab Calloway, Chick Web, and Ella Fitzgerald with the Hi Ho and Tuxedo Cocktails. 25th Episode Special!

Ep. 26: Jersey Jive, Live! A young Frankie Sinatra and the Algonquin Cocktail.

Ep. 27: Hooptylau in the Hills. Local Frisco crooner Tom Coakley (link lost) and a Zombie Cocktail.

Ep. 28: Hoppin' the Ocean with Lucky Lindy (and Lindy Hoppers!). Whitey's Lindy Hoppers with the Marx Brothers and the Aviation Cocktail. Bonus: meet the Marx Brothers and hear the racist rumblings of Charles Lindbergh!

Ep. 29: Honolulu Luau! Ukulele challange between Cliff Edwards, Roy Smeck, and native Tau Moe plus dueling Mai Tais between Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomer.

Ep. 30: Shanghaied! "Oriental Jazz" compilation plus the Oriental Cocktail.


 Then we entered our 30s and started to grow up and get serious, ending up the "guest" of some of history's ugliest dictators and then fleeing across South America as war tore apart Europe and treatened to drag in the USA. First to war-threatened Singapore, hubristic in its "invincibility" and then on to beautiful Beiruit.  From there we entered the Clandestine Service and helped spy on Mussolini only to end up the "guest" of Joe Stalin and then Hitler himself!  A harrowing escape brought us first to neutral but Fascist Spain only to set up a rambling flight across South America in an attempt to make it back to the good ol' US of A.  Yet by the time we got home, War had reached even the great sleeping giant. 


 Pisco Sour Cocktail:

[image from wikimedia]

  • 2 oz Pisco (sub. Grapa)
  • 1 oz Lime or Lemon juice (fresh)
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters

 Shake very well over ice (to foam the egg white) and strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime or lemon wedge.


Ep. 31: Singapore Swing! Al Bowley and the Singapore Sling.

Ep. 32: Livin' it Up in the Levant. Avo Uvezian and the Deauville Cocktail.

Ep. 33: Blue Notes and Blackshirts. Gomi kramer and the Cardinale Cocktail.  Bonus: help spy on Mussolini and meet Ian Flemming, Italo Balbo, Romano Mussolini, and secret police chief Arturo Bocchini!

Ep. 34: Swingers of the World Unite! Leonid Utyosov and the (anachronistic) Soviet Cocktail. Bonus: unlock the Secret Code for a hidden message!! 

Ep. 35: I Did Nazi zis Comming! Charlie and his Orchestra (Nazi Jazz?!?!?) and the Embasy Cocktail. Bonus: meet the slimy Goebbels, the Swingjungen underground jazz fans, the heroic Albert Goering, and help the Cabaret save a few lives.

Ep. 36: Interludio Español. Flamenco music and dance and a Zurracapote.

Ep. 37: Montevideo Thrills to Classic Guitar. The incomparable Andres Segovia and a Clericó.

Ep. 38: The Dandy Andes! Criollo musician Rómulo Varillas and the Pisco Sour.

Ep. 39: Fabulous Panama. Victor Boa and the Panama Cocktail.

Ep. 40: The Cabaret Goes to War! Glenn Miller and the Allies Cocktail. Bonus: the beginning of the WW2 series!


 Our 40s were a time of war. We visited all the fronts, land, sea, and air, and heard the music that helped get us all through the horrible times.  But older and wiser, we worked to ensure that the suffering of the citizens of all sides and the horrors of the war were highlighted, rather than the typical glorification.  It was a brutal time. but we did what we could to get through.



Blood and Sand Cocktail:

[image from cocktail.uk.com]

  • 3/4 oz Scotch
  • 3/4 oz Cherry Brandy
  • 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz Orange Juice (fresh)

 Shake well over ice, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an orange wheel.


Ep. 41: The Wild Blue Yonder. Glenn Miller and the Angel's Tit Cocktail.

Ep. 42: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition. The Merry Macs and the Paradise Cocktail.

Ep. 43: On the Rocks in the Magreb. The Andrews Sisters and the Dubonnet (or Zaza) Cocktail.

Ep. 44: Lend, Lease, and Lindy. Soviet music, Dorthy Dandrige with the Nicholas Brothers, and the Napoleon Cocktail.

Ep. 45: Kickin' Up the Boot.  Italian Fascist music, Johnny Mercer, and the Americano Cocktail.

Ep. 46: The Home Front. The Four Vagabonds, Spike Jones, the Three Stooges, and the Star Cocktail.

Ep. 47: The Island Hop and the Kamikaze Blues. Artie Shaw (w/ Billie Holiday) and the Blood & Sand Cocktail.

Ep. 48: The Overlord Overture. Wesley Tuttle, Vaughn Monroe, the Black Stripe Cocktail, and the Golden Dawn Cocktail.

Ep. 49: Forever War. Glenn Miller, Vera Lynn, Whispers of the Frost Coktail, and the Obituary Cocktail. Bonus: a eulogy for the great Glenn Miller, KIA 1944.

Ep. 50: Victory!!  Doris Day and the Good Times Cocktail.


And as we entered our "50s", a new and exciting Atomic Fueled dawn awaited...


To Be Continued...


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Comment by Travis James Leland on November 12, 2013 at 1:46pm

Although I don't comment much, I do hop on (almost) every week to join in your travels. Here's to 100... no, 1,000 more, Cap'n!

Comment by Cap'n Tony on November 12, 2013 at 8:28am

Thank you all!!  You made my IDD.

Comment by Joe May on November 11, 2013 at 10:17pm

In the immortal words of Ben Bernie, "Yowsah, so help me!" Cheers to Cap'n's Cabaret, keep 'em coming!

Comment by Tome Wilson on November 11, 2013 at 10:10am

Congratulations, Cap'n!  I look forward to hearing your adventures every week!

Comment by Dexter Go-Grandski on November 10, 2013 at 3:29pm

Love these always,, and I appreciate all that you put into it, thanks Cap.

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