Need a reason, or yet another reason, to read David Wondrich’s awesome book, Imbibe? Here’s an excerpt from early in the opening chapter that really highlights the approachable, yet professorial, writing style and the clarity of the message:
[On mixed drinks] They are easily abused; they can degrade lives and even destroy them. Even if appreciated in moderation, they are appreciated in surrounding that rarely lead to detached meditation on truth and beauty (if those are not the same thing) or constructive engagement with the great moral and social questions of the age.
And yet neither are they contemptible. A proper drink at the right time – one mixed with care and skill and served in a true spirit of hospitality – is better than any other made thing at giving us the illusion, at least, that we’re getting what we want from life. A cat can gaze upon a king, as the proverb goes, and after a Dry Martini or a Sazerac Cocktail or two, we’re all cats.
Well said, good sir. That second half really speaks to me, and sets a bar for the kind of drinking that I would eagerly wish upon anyone and everyone.