A Brief History on the Spirit of Thanksgiving

At least, the spirit around here, aka “juice of the juniper berry”.

Gin used to have a stigma as being the drink that only drunkards drank.


Times change.

ths update: leelu’s Vonnegut quote in the comments…

“…they had been swilling gin.”

…got us thinking.

Well, yes.

They had.

No possibility of plague here, and for that we are thankful.

8 Responses to “A Brief History on the Spirit of Thanksgiving”

  1. aelfheld says:

    It’s the juice of the barley for me – never cared much for blue ruin.

  2. major dad says:

    I will have to buy this, “Death’s Door” gin. Perfect. Gin, it’s what’s for breakfast…

  3. And it’s sort of a health food, too.
    “Why should she die of influenza, when she come through diptheria right enough the year before. Fairly blue with it she was. They all thought she was dead. But my father, he kept ladling gin down her throat. Then she come to so sudden she bit the bowl right off the spoon.”

  4. leelu says:

    You have read “The Monkey House” by Vonnegut, yes??

    “…they had been swilling gin.”

  5. gregor says:

    I’m partial to that spirit that comes from those old Kentucky barrels, myself. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    My Bride refers to it as “the crack of the 18th century.”

    And then she refills my glass.

  7. leelu says:

    Bing, you are blessed!

  8. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Sad that I’m allergic (or, in medical terms ‘have an adverse reaction’) to gin. Or rather, to juniper berries used in legal gin.

    “Bathtub gin” is a whole ‘nother thing. (What Gregor said – and Tennessee/NC mountains too.) We could probably get into a nice territorial dispute on that one. 😉

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