When all else fails one can simply fall back on the words of Emily Post who instructed us all to never ever say "make you acquainted with" and call no one "my friend." Wouldn't it be awkward to have to be introduced to every person you came across before you could even trade the obligatory comments about the weather?
Well then, since there is no one here to make the formal introductions, how do you do? Perhaps we'll talk further at another time. But I won't crook my finger or chirp in your direction. Ms. Post thinks those are terrible manners indeed. And one must never tolerate the terrible etiquette displayed by anyone from the entire state of New York. They're all tragically uncouth.
Bullocks to this. It's much easier to say what's tricks and give someone a hug.