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On the Deeper Meaning of ‘Gin and Tonic’

One of my favorite authors [Douglas Adams] once pondered at length on the notion of the [Gin ‘n’ Tonic] in one of my favorite books [The Restaurant at the End of the Universe]. Surely although the drinks are “not the same,” Adams calls into question the very raison d’être of one’s being and the presence of a drink that fulfills the role of the Gin and Tonic. Although surely one of the most delicious drinks there are, I think that what he’s saying is that no matter who or what we are, there is a time and a place for that underlying essential-ness which the gin and tonic represents. 

Perhaps you’re saying, “Just give me a drink already, I didn’t come here for philosophy.” And to that, I say, sure, but while you’re here, why not enjoy one of the best examples of the Gin and Tonic making itself known in modern literature. Regular reviews and cocktail-ology returns later this week.

“It is a curious fact, and one to which no one knows quite how much importance to attach, that something like 85% of all known worlds in the Galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonnyx, or gee-N’N-T’N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, or any one of a thousand or more variations on the same phonetic theme.

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