10 Iconic Writers On Gin

Gin tastes like pine needles and WD-40 to some, and it goes without saying that this drink is pretty easy to screw up. This spirit is the ultimate acquired taste. Made with juniper berries, botanicals, and a little bit of sexiness, a gin done right will elevate you to James Bond at a bar status. (A few days ago, the wonderful Monkey 47 team stopped by our offices to give us a taste; it was, without question, the best gin I've had all summer.)

So in keeping with our daytime gin swillin', we dug deep (real deep) to find ten quotes about gin to make this misunderstood drink a little more palatable. Sit back, enjoy, and maybe lean back and start sipping on the Gin and Juice, homie

1. “A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else." — Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

2. “When a man who is drinking neat gin starts talking about his mother he is past all argument.” — C.S. Forester, The African Queen

3. “Follow your fate, and be satisfied with it, and be glad not to be a second-hand motor salesman, or a yellow-press journalist, pickled in gin and nicotine, or a cripple - or dead.” — Ian Fleming (above), From Russia with Love

4. "The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived." — Bernard DeVoto

5. "I exercise strong self-control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast." — W.C. Fields (above)

6. “Beloved, we join hands here to pray for gin. An aridity defiles us. Our innards thirst for the juice of juniper…” — Wallace Thurman, Infants of the Spring

7. “A good heavy book holds you down. It’s an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic.” — Roy Blount, Jr. (above) 

8. “Like a great fool, I went ashore with them, and they gave me some cursed stuff they called gin—such blasphemy I never heard...this was the unchristianest beastliest liquor I ever tasted…” — Edward John Trelawny, Adventures of a Younger Son

9. "A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin then waving it in the general direction of Italy." – Noël Coward (above)

10. "Nothing is more pleasurable than to sit in the shade, sip gin and contemplate other people's adulteries, and while the wormy apple of marriage still lives, the novel will not die." — John Skow

Jeremy Glass is the Vice editor for Supercompressor and likes gin best when served as a Tom Collins.