Happy Hour at Home: French 75s and Herbed Goat Cheese
There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne. –Bette Davis
If I were a magician, I would like to bring back into my fold all the friends and fellows who were in my company this past weekend. I would gather up people from all corners of the globe and country and plop them into my living room where I would play Whitney Houston, ply them with herbed goat cheese and French 75s, and encourage dancing and the telling of embarrassing stories.
There is nothing like old friends. And I can’t really think of anything to follow that sentence that doesn’t sound hopelessly trite. But here goes: The best ones can understand what’s going on with you in a near telepathic way that requires no explanation on your part. Picking up with them is to pick up right where you left off, but still somehow managing to include all the realities of now. Whatever makes you laugh in the moment contains the hysterics of something five years prior, and they have the secret, privileged knowledge of knowing you used to wear clothes from Contempo Casuals when you were “dressing up.”
None of this is meant to diminish the the wonder of new friends, which are more remarkable, in a way, for you’re having been able to find them in the real world next to the office xerox machine or at the local coffee shop. But like the Brownie song goes (and sometimes you have to resort to the Brownies to really express yourself adequately), “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”
I’m wishing for a few more days with the golds.
1 shot gin
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
Shake gin, simple syrup, and citrus juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into glass, top with champagne and serve with a twist of citrus peel.
Herbed Goat Cheese
makes about 1 1/2 cups
10.5 ounces goat cheese (the long log)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
In the bowl of a food processor, blitz goat cheese until smooth. Add herbs and lemon juice and pulse to combine. Serve on cucumber rounds and rice crackers.