Three drinks and three shorts

Angela Pia (Pious Angel)

This very special throwback recipe was made famous by the San Francisco restaurant, Pietro Pinoni, in the 1960s and was featured in the SF Chronicle by the iconic columnist, Herb Caen. He called this dessert a “total pleasure.” Gracie agrees. 

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white sugar 
  • 1 ounce brandy 
  • 1 ounce rum 
  • 1 envelope or 1 Tablespoon Knox unflavored gelatin

Preparation

Beat egg yolks until light/lemon colored, add sugar gradually, continue beating until a creamy mass results. Fold in brandy and rum. 

Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry, set aside. Whip cream until stiff and standing firm with shiny peaks. Fold in vanilla. 

In a heatproof dish or pan, soak gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water for 5 minutes. Place heat proof dish or pan over a pot of hot water stirring gelatin until completely dissolved. Let cool. Stir gelatin into the egg yolk mixture thoroughly and then gently fold in the beaten egg whites and whipped cream. 

Pour into cocktail or sherbet glasses. Chill for 2 hours before serving. 

Serves 6 – 8.

Brazilian Lemonade 

Brazil is a major supplier of limes with a bumper crop this year—who knew? This is a crazy but delicious recipe, a wild concoction from the wonderful world of TikTok Food, with over $50 million views! Gracie was skeptical but it works—and gets all the stars for its yumminess!

Ingredients

  • 5 limes
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ can sweetened condensed milk
  • Ice

Preparation

Add 4 limes, quartered, into a blender. (Yes, you really do add all of the limes, skin and all!) Add 4 cups of water. Blend on high (ice crusher setting if you have one) for 20 seconds.  Strain the mixture into a bowl.  Pour the liquid back into the blender, add half a can of sweetened condensed milk.  Add 2 – 4 handfuls of ice to the blender and blend. Once smooth, serve over ice with extra lime wedges for garnish.

Not Your Mother’s Peach Bellini

Prue Leith of the Great British Baking Show has kicked it up a notch with this gorgeous and celebratory morning cocktail. Brunch anyone? Nothing beats champagne and peaches except for when you add brandy! 

Ingredients

  • Three ripe peaches, peeled and stoned or 1 can peaches in juice, not syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons brandy 
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • One bottle of champagne or sparkling wine

Preparation

Blend the peaches in a blender, including the juice if using canned. Add brandy and bitters. Divide between 6 champagne glasses and chill. When ready to celebrate, top off each glass with the bubbles and enjoy!

Cheers!

The Last Repair Shop

Documentary/Short
2023
39 minutes
Disney+

This Oscar-winning film is full of oh-so-tender moments. The story of real life, lovely people with reverence for music, steady patience, amazing skill and the “calling” to maintain musical instruments for over 80,000 students in the Los Angeles school district. These lovingly repaired instruments potentially save and change lives one by one.  A short movie that has it all…Elvis, Liberace, war, love, banjos, guitars, pianos and more, including a little Rachmaninoff. Lovely. Touching.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Family/Adventure/Short
2022
34 minutes 
Apple TV

This charming, animated, Oscar winning short is slow and gentle—and very pleasing.  Four unusual friends develop an unexpected connection. They discover that home isn’t necessarily a physical place and that the reason we are here is to love and be loved.  “Home is wherever your loved ones are.” Based on the 2019 picture book of the same name. Like a warm hug.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Comedy/Adventure/Short 
2023
34 minutes 
Netflix

Henry Sugar is a wealthy man who decides to take on an extraordinary challenge by mastering a magical skill in order to cheat at gambling—clairvoyance is the goal. A lighthearted adventure with wonderful whimsy. Based on a short story by Roald Dahl. The elite cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dev Patel and Ben Kingsley. Directed by the quirky and acclaimed movie maker, Wes Anderson who was awarded his first Oscar for this film. Eclectic. Mystical.

Magic Moon gives each of these delightful shorts an indulgent 5 Moons!