Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Why mess with something so Absolutely Fabulous?!

Eddie: Well, I don't have to go to a plastic surgeon to keep my body together, do I. No, no, no. Because I want to tell ya, I've got my fantastic bone structure. I am thin and gorgeous!
Penny: Thin? Ha!

Apparently, Fox is working on a U.S. remake of "Absolutely Fabulous," a '90s-era British comedy that remains one of my favorite all-time shows. And part of me wants to be excited about this, especially since it seems that Jennifer Saunders will actually be involved with the project. On the other hand, how can you even attempt to replace the irreplaceable original cast?!

According to news sources, the new Ab Fab would be set in L.A. but retain the basic template of the original, revolving around the friendship of two boozy, over-40 best friends who are desperate to stay hip and youthful. A show brilliant in its uncensored bad behavior and satirical humor, the series featured the amazing Saunders and Joanne Lumley as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, two hard-drinking, substance-abusing, selfish and immature Londoners. Their cruel humor served as a relection of the hypocrisy of current society, and often came at the chagrin of Edina's more moral and conservative daughter, Saffron.

There was also a running gag about weight. Edina, for example, would often embark on various diets of water and meat in an effort to shed a few pounds. Patsy, on the other hand, was seldom seen consuming anything other than a cigarette or cocktail. Irreverant and hilarious - that was Ab Fab.

So to honor our favorite misbehavin' Brits, I've included a few sugar-free cocktail recipes (courtesy of Hungry Girl) to get you through the week. If those don't interest you, simply raise a flute of Patsy and Eddy's favorite drinks, Bolly Stolly (Bollinger champagne and Stoli vodka) or Dom & Bom (Dom Perignon champagne and Bombay Sapphire gin) in the hopes that Fox gets this one right.

Kickin' Key Lime Pie Martini
1.5 oz. lime-flavored vodka (like Finlandia Lime or Smirnoff Twist of Lime)
1 oz. Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
2 tbsp. pineapple juice
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. Cool Whip Free

Place all ingredients in a martini shaker with 1 cup ice (crushed ice works best). Cover the top of the shaker, and shake thoroughly. Strain into a martini glass and enjoy!

Black Cherry Mamba Mojito
3/4 cup diet lemon-lime soda
1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) light rum
1/8 tsp. Kool-Aid Black Cherry Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix
12 mint leaves
4 dark sweet cherries (fresh and pitted or thawed from frozen)
1/4 lime, cut into slices
1 no-calorie sweetener packet (we like Splenda!)
5 - 8 ice cubes

Remove seeds from lime slices. Then muddle (aka pulverize) the mint, lime and cherries in a glass. Add the soda, rum, Kool-Aid, and sweetener. Stir well. Add ice and enjoy!

Finally, here's a hilarious clip showing one of the few times Patsy is ever seen consuming actual food. Enjoy!

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