The eve of Waugh

2 Aug

The apotheosis of medicinal drinking is the cocktail, which exists purely as a stimulant. There must be some good in a cocktail party to account for its immense vogue among otherwise sane people. I have never found it. I prefer to take medicine in comparative privacy. For those who work in offices the cocktailmarks the transition between their working day and their evening of leisure. It washes away the annoyance of business and silences the telephone bell that echoes in the exhausted head. Half-past-six to half-past-seven is the cocktail hour, before, or in, the evening bath.

— Evelyn Waugh, Wine in Peace and War (London: Saccone and Speed, 1949), pp. 47-8.


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