J23 hosted a very educational cocktail party and dinner here at our house for his friends and ours…just 8 people were here — the perfect number for a dinner “Session” as Robert Capon calls it in The Supper of the Lamb. John had mailed out invitations before he got here, along with a manual that we were to familiarize ourselves with. The manual contained the history of the cocktail and a list of the historical cocktails that J23 was prepared to assemble. This was a little bit of a challenge to pull off in the circumstances that two of his guests are essentially non-drinkers. However, they gamely took sips and we all did our part and many historical cocktails were enjoyed in moderation.
There was a lot of passing something around and taking a little sip to experience the “nose” and flavor without taking too much. My after dinner digestif was delightful–called a Chrysanthemum. My aperitif was an Americano. Also very good. J23 also selected the dinner menu, which was filet mignons, baked potatos, asparagus, salad and rolls. Everything was wonderful.
It was really fun to put it all together.