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Needle and Pin for the Win

With apologies to those here, like MelissaE , going alcohol-free this New Year, I have to admit I am not yet there.

However, tonight I'm changing up the content of my evening. Tonight, the Saturday of choice is elderflower and .

Usually I'm a drinker, but I do rather like my G&T , especially as I have fond memories of export-strength Gordons and tonic at party last Easter. My husband had drunk all the wine we had with us at the time, and I had enjoyed but one cup of it. So, my favorite DJ was playing a set and I was sober as you like.

Then an announcement was made that a scener who did not wish to take his booze stash home with him was offering free gin and tonic to anyone smart enough to find where he was in the hall. Needless to say, I found him, and poured myself a double, stat.

Saturday night saved. We had 8 litres of wine back in the car, at the hotel, but had forgotten to bring a new cask with us to the venue.

So, as I prepare to embark on an evening of , I am fuelled by the scourge that is my occasional needle-and-pin intake. If it's anything like the last time, the results will be good.

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AliCanary wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:23 PM

I guess needle-and-in is rhyming slang for gin, innit? I'm not a drinker myself, but I was a bartender, which is kind of like having an anorexic person staffing a doughnut counter.

WordChazer wrote on February 7, 2015, 3:49 PM

Cockney rhyming, indeed. Needle was the big alcoholic problem back in the 17th century, when (perhaps like counterfeit vodka today) it was the drink of choice for adulterating with who-knows-what but was also very addictive to the poorer classes. I don't drink that much of it, but I do like it when it takes my fancy, so I always have a bottle and some tonic in the house. I have never worked in a bar, mainly because I'm not known to drink most of what is found in a bar. I drink wine, whisky, gin and tonic. And that is it. Salmiakki, which is my other preferred chaser of choice, is not generally available in the UK. I loathe beer, vodka and shots. Also not a big fan of cocktails unless it's a Rusty Nail.

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AliCanary wrote on February 7, 2015, 4:02 PM

Ah, sounds like yours is diametrically opposed to the typical palate of an American drinker. I've never heard of Salmiakki, but it sounds Greek. What does it taste like?

WordChazer wrote on February 7, 2015, 4:44 PM

I can't taste vodka, so it's better that I don't drink it (unless someone is nasty enough to spike a drink with it, as has happened). Beer makes me fighty, and you don't want the Chazer in a fighty mood, because that ends badly. Shots? Why? I like a long drink. Salmiakki is liquorice flavoured liqueur. The Finns will insist on drinking it with voddie, but I prefer lemonade, tonic or water.

The occasional time I will have a beer is if there's a pale beer like Michelob, pilsner, Oktoberfestbier or similar on offer. Yes, I get the laughs stateside. Michelob hahaha. No, the Chazer does not wish to be fighty. Give me pale beer and no one should be hurt, unless I drink too much.

valmnz wrote on February 7, 2015, 5:22 PM

Loved reading this. Me, I'm a great supporter of the New Zealand wine industry.

allen0187 wrote on February 8, 2015, 6:57 AM

Gin and tonic eh? I would have a double myself but my preferred poison is cuba libre. Vodka would do as well and so does beer. Now, I'm inspired... let me fix myself some Jack Daniel's and cola.

LindaCPearson wrote on February 8, 2015, 12:03 PM

Enjoy your gin and tonic! I'm not a drinker. When young, I did drink a bit on Saturday nights if out partying, but I had rather unsophisticated tastes - my typical drink being diet coke with a little rum!

louisechackett wrote on February 10, 2015, 6:43 AM

Hope you enjoyed the drink! I am a spirits drinker but tend to stick to things like Malibu

WordChazer wrote on February 10, 2015, 2:31 PM

Not had Malibu in ages. Sweet liqueur wise I usually hit up my friend's Baileys or go for Grand Marnier in a crepe. I'm also a big whisky fan, and occasionally cognac or Salmiakki which is Finnish licorice liqueur, with water, lemonade or tonic. That's usually a party drink with coder friends - they all drink voddie like it's going out of fashion...