A Sweet Surprise
A long drive out of Barcelona and a scan through the local radio dial led me to radio station Canal Tres; which was playing sort of this 60’s “lounge music” show, with an announcer that sounded like he was hosting Sunday Night Slow Jams, only with a Spanish accent, as he described various cocktails as sound effects of ice cubes being dropped in a glass would play, in front of songs like Besame Mucho and Girl From Ipanema. I can’t remember the last time I got this excited over a radio program, but this show was so good, and really calmed my nerves, taking me from stressed, to one of the best moods ever, as the buildings disappeared and I ascended into the Spanish countryside.
The show was Mundo Babel with host Juan Pablo Silvestre, and today’s program was entitled Babel on the Rocks…and it was pure magic.
Show Description: Mixes, combined, cocktails that not only quench thirst but also enter a world of reserved pleasures. The famous Continental of “New York Girls”: vodka, cointreau, lemon and cranberry juice or the no less famous Hemingway daiquiri: “My mojito in the Bodeguita, my daiquiri in the Floridita”. With healing properties in the case of gin and tonic, invented by British soldiers to combat malaria. Stir, stir, mix the right ingredients in the right proportions with the relevant music, of course. Lounge, maybe? Sergio Mendes, Herb Alpert, Esquivel but why not Pavarotti’s “Brindisi” or “Moon River” in cha cha cha ? Let the green-eyed monster free, discover your inner glamor. With a lot of ice.
You can hear (and download) Babel on the Rocks HERE!