Sunday, October 16, 2011

Let's Drink Like They Do In Books: Oliver Twist

Gin and hot water seemed to be the cold-weather drink of choice for Dickens's lowlifes in Oliver Twist. Mr. Bumble drank it, and so did Sikes. Fagin served it to Oliver.

Now that the nights are getting nippier, I thought I'd try it out. Let me tell you: gin and hot water is awful. It tastes like warm nail polish remover. Adding lemon juice helps, but not much. I found a recipe on Epicurious for a gin toddy that might be good.

I'm reading Treasure Island now, so I guess I'll be drinking lots and lots of rum soon.