Knock me Down, it’s Tuesday!

Gin is having a bit of a thing at the moment isn’t it?  Not quite on the scale of the Gin Craze in centuries past, but a definite revival in favour as a drink of choice. It has been known by some really outlandish names over the years too…’knock me down’ for one!  But also a whole long list of others, including Mother’s ruin, Dutch courage, and Cuckold’s comfort.  And the history behind some of them is just brilliant.

It’s not ‘Mother’s ruin’ in this house, but I do occasionally like a gin and tonic myself, so when I saw a book about the history of gin I was intrigued.

I saw something earlier called Teaser Tuesday at ADailyRhythm.com  which I think is a lovely way to share from your current read and inspire others to take a look.  Just share two lines from any page, and add the title and author’s name.  So here’s mine:

‘Unlike beer and ale, which provided potable nourishment and energy for work, this new English gin offered no bodily benefits, unless one counted the blissful oblivion of intoxication. It was enough to make any self-respecting aristocrat quake as the existing social order unravelled before his eyes.’

Gin: A Global History (Edible),  Lesley Jacobs Solmonson.

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15 thoughts on “Knock me Down, it’s Tuesday!

    1. jenny Post author

      It is an interesting read, Osyth. Although it is making me fancy a gin and tonic instead of my more usual preference for red wine. The power of the subconscious!

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  1. barbwit

    Growing up as young Brits, my sisters and I were allowed a small sip of sherry during the adults’ cocktail hour; but as teenagers we moved up to a very weak gin & it (tonic). I still love the bitterness of tonic water, but I’ve moved up to vodka. But I want to know, what ever happened to the pre-prandial tipple for the cook – please?

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    1. jenny Post author

      Thank you. I love hearing these kinds of memories – so unique to their own time and our Britishness! My parents would occasionally allow us a very small glass of wine once we got to our early teens – I remember it feeling incredibly grown up.

      Civilised pre-prandial tipples I suspect lost out to the hectic pace of life today, don’t you? Although that’s probably no bad thing really; I think our drinking culture is strong enough without it!

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      1. barbwit

        I am finding I accept a glass of wine with dinner now and then (my PA is teetotal) but then I usually leave it undruk till the end, so I really don’t need it, though I do enjoy it once in a while.

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        1. jenny Post author

          For me, most nights it’s more a case of thinking that I’ve been at home with two young children all day and that I’d really quite like a well deserved glass of wine. But then by the time they are in bed and jobs are done I end up with a cup of herbal tea and then off for an early bed! It does make the times I do actually get that glass of wine all the more enjoyable though!

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      2. barbwit

        I tried to go into your blog but get a mass of technical stuff and have to hunt for anything readable.But I did find something – to do with the Alphabet prompt perhaps, about your little girl singing and then noticing words? That has prompted me to write about my youngest son (now 45) and his intro to words on paper.

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        1. jenny Post author

          I’m really sorry you’ve had problems getting into my blog. I’ve never had problems before, so I don’t know why that is, although you are the second person this week who has mentioned problems – I will try to figure it out. Do you mean that pages are coming up as code? Or something else? Thanks for letting me know! I’ll check out your blog post too…

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