добро пожаловать, comrades, to the Cabaret! Tonight, we are hitching our wagon to a Red Star and lighting up the night in Moscow, capital of the Russian Federated Soviet Republic and the Soviet Union! The city has undergone quite a change from the days of the Czars as the new Soviet government under the magnificent and benificent guidance of Uncle Joe Stalin! So magnificent are his acheivements that truly Moscow is the center of Democracy and Modernity, bar none! He has even graciously allowed us to extend our visit, and put us up in these wonderful accomodations where they take care of all our needs, such that we need not ever leave!
We're here as part of our continuing goodwill tour on behalf of the United States (and are in no way at all gathering intelligence for the State Department!). Comrade Stalin has graciously welcomed us to this fellow bastion of Democracy and Freedom against the untimely forces of Tyrany. We sing a special overature to this ultimate place of socialist well being, truly a worker's paradise founded on the heroic actions and enthusiasm of the great Russian people!
Quite a nice view from our pris...hotel, yes?
But on to tonight's Cabaret! Here in Soviet Union, music swings you, as demonstrated by tonight's charming entertainer, star of Soviet films and dance halls, and personal favorite of Comrade Stalin, Leonid Utyosov! While some may say he's not Russia's most talented musician (not that we EVER would! Uncle Joe is on the money!) there's no denying he can bring a stage to life, such as here where he entertains the troops!
Treadmills and Swing...why didn't I think of that?
And for tonight's cocktail, a celebration of the great Soviet State, something we're going to call a Soviet Cocktail*, a spin on a Martini featuring the local spirit known as Vodka (not a drink we see much of in the States!):
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- 0.5 oz Dry Vermouth
- 0.5 oz Dry Sherry
Shake** all over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
* Note: actually a post-war American Cocktail, but who's counting? Hardly the Cabaret's first anachronism, eh?
** Always shake potato Vodkas to break up any residual potato oil that might otherwise float to the top. Gin is usually best stirred, however.