We need to start with a bit of a flashback. Picture it, Brisbane, June 2017. A young creative, well-connected star was sitting down to experience – yes, experience – Sasha Velour’s epic finale lip-sync to snatch the ninth RuPaul’s Drag Race crown. That young star, me and boy did it get me feeling so emotional. It was not right to change the sitch after Shea slayed the entire competition, but it was ok since I loved Sasha.
These conflicted feelings reminded of my dear friend Whitney Houston and I vowed that once again, I would dance with that somebody. As such, I selected her for the honour of being the Queen of the (first) Night of this year’s Grammy Gold celebration.
So I reversed the time machine out of the garage and set the time for ‘92 so that would could toast her success in the hit film The Bodyguard. The movie got me thinking about all Music for Visual Media and Musical Theatre nominees and since I couldn’t bring them up in the ‘90s, ran the odds solo in the delorean.
Dear Evan Hansen is obviously going to take out the Musical Theatre, as much as I’d love it to be Bette for Dolly! Pasek and Paul will take out a second gong of the night for City of Stars, though I would obviously love it to be Lin Manuel. La La Land will then continue its dominance taking out Best Score and Best Compilation Album. Though I did also call Best Picture for them – am I Warren Beatty? – so I could be wrong.
It was so wonderful to see my dear friend Whits again, so happy and successful, before her life at started to unravel. Whits and I grew up together, meeting when we were in the junior gospel choir of the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, so we always shared a special bond. And it was so hard to watch everything play out as it did with Bobby.
It was hard to play nice with Bob, though it sure got a bit easier after I downed a Whitskey Houston Sour or 30.
A little sour, a whole lot less sweet than normal – I am not one for sugar syrup – and, most importantly, packing a killer punch, this little number is the perfect way to toast a friend. With or without them noticing.
Whitskey Houston Sour
2 shots whiskey
½ shot lemon juice
½ shot lime juice
dash of bitters
2 maraschino cherries
Combine the whiskey, juices and bitters in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.
Shake it aggressively for a minute and pour into a glass, with a cube of ice or two.
Add the maraschino cherries and down.