I love a good gin and tonic. Now I wonder, do I like gin because I am a writer or am I a writer because I like gin? It appears to have been a favorite with a cast of writers of the past-
- Raymond Chandler (The Long Goodbye) was quoted as saying – “A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else.”
- Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire) was famed to drink a cocktail called the Ramos Gin Fizz.
- It was rumoured that F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) was passionate about gin and drank a Gin Rickey. He apparently preferred gin to other liquors because he believed it couldn’t be detected on his breath.
Now, please don’t assume I am comparing myself to these greats- I’m sure there are a raft of amateur writers out there who prefer a nip of gin to a wholesome cup of tea- it’s just that I don’t know their names. Perhaps there is a pathway to greatness in front of us though, and the key to navigating the path is copious amounts of Gin!
Hemingway did say- “Write drunk, edit sober.” and clearly he was on to something.