Tag: A Brief Literary History of Cocktails

  • The brief literary history of a cocktail: The Gin and Tonic

    The brief literary history of a cocktail: The Gin and Tonic

    Like the Mint Julep, the Gin and Tonic is of unusual provenance. Similarly born out of a unique historical conjuncture of East and West, the seemingly timeless combination of gin, lime, sugar, and tonic water came into being almost by pure chance, at the intersections of colonialism, modern medicine and, well, boredom. The now famous drink was invented by…

  • A brief literary history of cocktails: The Mint Julep

    A brief literary history of cocktails: The Mint Julep

    Since the time of Homeric libation rituals and Plato’s wine-soaked Dionysian revels, alcohol has been an abiding fixture in the works and lives of many of our greatest writers, poets and philosophers. Their liquid inspiration and sustenance—to say nothing of ruin—has played a surprisingly major role in the development of literary history. Our new series…