“The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to foxtrot time, a Bronx to two-step time, but a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.”
—Nick Charles (William Powell) covers the essentials in the 1934 classic movie The Thin Man.
“…that the mounds of ices, and the bowls of mint-julep and sherry cobbler they make in these latitudes, are refreshments never to be thought of afterwards, in summer, by those who would preserve contented minds.”
—Charles Dickens, while travelling in America (1842)
“The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.”
—Orson Welles writing from Rome in 1947 on the relative merits of the Negroni in a missive to the Ohio-based Coshocton Tribune.