Best to try new things, especially with gin, so myself and Honeymonster were recommended an elderflower tonic by a bar man who seriously, and I am not just saying this because I am 39 and 7/8ths, was about 12 years old. Very nice indeed, except we both felt very sleepy afterwards.
Have also been trying the soda water instead of tonic, to cut calories (I’m aware it would be easier to cut out scones, but would it? Be easier? To cut out scones? No, it would not.). I suppose I could get used to it, but there was no zing, even with the addition of cucumber (essential to a clean cut gin drink – barmen, take out that bloody lemon and throw away the lime! Cucumber is the king of gin!).
Whilst purchasing my soda water, I was accosted at the bar by a Cork football supporter who had the temerity to ask me if Dublin had won the match. ‘Of course we did!’ I yelped at him like a wounded dog, amazed that he could envision otherwise. He then advised me that the ‘rebels’ (a name the ignorant Corkonians call themselves) would happily see off Dublin ‘soon’. I reminded him of our quite recent victory over this alleged ‘team’ and then we both started snorting at each other like bulls. My gin was ready, and I left him ordering Beamish, or whatever shite Cork people drink instead of Dublin Guinness.