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Today, April 9 is Gin & Tonic Day.


The fine distillers at Hendrick's Gin tweeted out these pearls of wisdom about the greatest cocktail ever created by humans.


If you ask me, everyday is Gin & Tonic Day. :cool:


“The gin and tonic is a near perfect thing. It is the reason that humans run bars, and whelks do not.”


— Halva Hjort, ‘The Upfall of Humanity’




Some know it as the Quintessence, the Silk Ghost, the Lawn Shadow or the Glizzard — but we know it best as the Gin & Tonic. Please be upstanding for Gin & Tonic Day. Hear the fizz, feel the roar of the cucumber slice and then sip. Ahhhhhhhh. It is indeed near perfection.


As befits a drink as important as the eternal gin & tonic, there is more than one annual day celebrating its existence (who knows, we may even celebrate the other ones). We take this opportunity to dispel some of the popular myths that have gathered around the gin & tonic:


1. Though many people will tell you that the gin & tonic was originally invented as chimpanzee medicine, there is no evidence to support this.


2. A gin & tonic is not ‘technically invisible’ — it is transparent.


3. Despite the superstition, a spilt gin & tonic does not open a portal to the ‘other world’.


4. Gin & tonics can be made by adding gin to tonic water.


5. The gin & tonic is not necessarily subsonic. Gin & tonics were served on Concorde, which had a maximum speed exceeding Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound).


6. Gin & tonic is not an anagram, it’s a drink.


7. If all the gin & tonics in the world were stacked on top of each other they would probably develop self-awareness.


8. There is no proven link between gin & tonics and volcanic activity


9. There is still a small population of gin & tonics living in the wild.


10. The last gin & tonic (at least on Earth) will be drunk in five billion years time, moments before the sun explodes.


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A Drink With Something In It


There is something about a Martini,

A tingle remarkably pleasant;

A yellow, a mellow Martini;

I wish I had one at present.

There is something about a Martini,

Ere the dining and dancing begin,

And to tell you the truth,

It is not the vermouth—

I think that perhaps it's the gin.


There is something about an old-fashioned

That kindles a cardiac glow;

It is soothing and soft and impassioned

As a lyric by Swinburne or Poe.

There is something about an old-fashioned

When dusk has enveloped the sky,

And it may be the ice,

Or the pineapple slice,

But I strongly suspect it’s the rye.


There is something about a mint julep.

It is nectar imbibed in a dream,

As fresh as the bud of the tulip,

As cool as the bed of the stream.

There is something about a mint julep,

A fragrance beloved by the lucky.

And perhaps it’s the tint

Of the frost and the mint,

But I think it was born in Kentucky.


There is something they put in a highball

That awakens the torpidest brain,

That kindles a spark in the eyeball,

Gliding singing through vein after vein.

There is something they put in a highball

Which you’ll notice one day, if you watch;

And it may be the soda,

But judged by the odor,

I rather believe it’s the Scotch.


Then here’s to the heartening wassail,

Wherever good fellows are found;

Be its master instead of its vassal,

And order the glasses around.

For there’s something they put in the wassail

That prevents it from tasting like wicker;

Since it’s not tapioca,

Or mustard, or mocha,

I’m forced to conclude it’s the liquor.


Ogden Nash

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I only have one martini,

Two at the very most.

Three I'm under the table,

Four I'm under the host.

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Dorothy Parker!


Thank you AdamSmith, I always wondered who it came from. I got it from my 90 year old aunt.

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That's how it's always attributed. But looking it up just now, this killjoy says no...


Ha! No matter, for me NOTHING will beat hearing it from my aunt as she sat sipping her martini!

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How many martinis did YOU have?


Trust me PK, when drinking with my aunt, one was never enough. LOL

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"Can we have a moment of silence..."

Apparently back in the days of the British Raj in India G&T was a very popular drink because the quinine in the tonic water was an anti malaria agent. Personally I think they were just a bunch of piss heads!!

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