“A generation lobotomized by vodka”

Two articles on the mysteries of gin, and and the joys of a classic martini.  My inner snob is pleased.
I had gone off gin for awhile, due to over-exposure; but I think I might be ready to come back to the fold.

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  1. Can they solve the mystery…

    Of why Gin gives me insta-headache even at levels as low as one shot’s worth, while I can drink 15 shots of tequila in a night and wake up fine the next morning?


    (Similarly, why I can drink Beer forever, but even small amounts of wine destroy my intestines and give me exceedingly painful headaches within an hour… No matter how expensive the wine is…

    I think the inner peasant in me revolts… πŸ˜‰ )

    1. Re: Can they solve the mystery…

      I have the same trouble with wine. It has been suggested that the sulfates are the problem, and I seem to do better with low-sulfate wine.

      Do you have the same reaction to all varieties of gin? I can’t drink cheap gin, it gives me hangovers. (The inner snob in me revolts…) I stick to Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, or better, and fare pretty well.

      1. unfortunately..

        I’ve tried higher end.. including Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray.. but both still hurt my noggin. It doesn’t help that I don’t actually like the flavor of Gin that much.. Gin & Tonics don’t make me want to drink more..

        Oh well..

        As for Wine.. I agree.. it might be the Sulfites.. (or Sulfate?) and perhaps also the Tannins…

        Of course, now that you can actually get really decent beer at places without too much hassle.. (esp. here in Madison..) the lack of wine drinking doesn’t really bother me.. πŸ™‚

        1. Re: unfortunately..

          I’ve taken a similar attitude… I leave the wine-drinking to Stacey, and fill my basement with dozens of different tasty local microbrews. Works for me.

  2. Now this has me itching to try gin πŸ˜‰ (was it a freudian slip that I nearly typed “dry gin”?)

    1. It would only have been Freudian if you had almost typed “penis gin”. Or “I want to sleep with my mother and murder my father gin”.

      1. Oedipian gin? Now there’s a brand name for ya!

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