02 June 2006

A Drink with Something In It

A Drink with Something in It -- Ogden Nash

There is something about a Martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant;
A yellow, a mellow Martini;
I wish that I had one at present.
There is something about a Martini,
Ere the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth —
I think that perhaps it's the Gin.

There is something about an old-fashioned
That kindles a cardiac glow;
It is soothing and soft and impassioned
As a lyric by Swinburne or Poe.
There is something about an old-fashioned
When the dusk has enveloped the sky,
And it may be the ice,
Or the pineapple slice,
But I strongly suspect it's the Rye.

There is something about a mint julep.
It is nectar imbibed in a dream,
As fresh as the bud of the tulip,
As cool as the bed of the stream.
There is something about a mint julep,
A fragrance beloved by the lucky.
And perhaps it's the tint
Of the frost and the mint,
But I think it was born in Kentucky.

There is something they put in a highball
That awakens the torpidest brain,
That kindles a spark in the eyeball,
Gliding singing through vein after vein.
There is something they put in a highball
Which you'll notice one day if you watch;
And it may be the soda,
But judged by the odor,
I rather believe it's the Scotch.

Then here's to the heartening wassail,
Wherever good fellows are found;
Be its master instead of its vassal,
And order the glasses around.
Oh, it's Beer if you're bent on expansion,
And Wine if you wish to grow thin,
But quaffers who think
Of a drink as a drink,
When they quaff, quaff of Whisky and Gin.


Stan Harding said...

Back before I got kicked out of my woodwind quintet, we gave concerts at the Mt. Washington hotel up in New Hampshire - and did an Ogden Nash concert a couple of times. That included a recitation of that song, the quintet getting mock-drunk on mocktails, and trading instrument, then performing a hideous rendition of something-or-other.

Ah, good times.

Casey Jones said...

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Now I have to memorize it and keep it for some kind of event w/ drunkards. Where *will* I find such an occasion...

npetrikov said...

What can I possibly add to Casey Jones's verdict? I've loved these stanzas since Hector was a pup. To read Ogden Nash (if one aspires to create light verse, which is the highest calling known to man) is to despair. Utterly.