Drinks and poetry have always been linked and people dare to say that it was alcohol that inspired some of the greatest poets and writers of all times. Alcohol may have an influence on creativity but for sure what doesn’t make Shakespeare and Co fall into oblivion was their great talent.(or we want to believe that!) Anyway, as expected, also poets and writers had their preferences in drinking. Some of their favourite drinks became so famous that even now and in many cases after their death, we are ordering them in bars without remembering their history.
Let’s start with the excellent poet Robert Burns who developed a great passion for Scotch whisky during his short life. As a real Scot, he even dedicated the poem “The Author?s Earnest Cry and Prayer? to this drink while he was writing the book “Freedom and whisky gang thegither!?.
Unfortunately in some cases alcohol has led poets into misery and what was a pleasure for them at the beginning, converted into a battle they were likely to loose. Jim Morrison or American novelist Jack Kerouac have shown us that alcohol addiction is a serious problem.
The lead singer with the the “Doors”, who died from a suspected heroin overdose at the age of 27, used to have a taste for alcohol as well. As he confessed, he was addicted to Whisky, especially Jack Daniel’s. ?It?s like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don?t know where you?re going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It?s like the throw of the dice,? Morrison used to say once. In his case it was rather disastrous.
American novelist Jack Kerouac’s destiny was somehow similar. The so called “king of the beat generation” used to affirm that he was a “Catholic and not a beatnik”. Alcohol became his “ecstasy of the mind” , a drug that killed him at the age of 47 after a long struggle against alcoholism.
Charles Bukowski was born in Germany and died in California at the age of 73. He used to love alcohol and throughout his life he wrote thousands of poems and quotes involving alcohol. His most famous quote is ?That?s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.? Bukowski’s favourite drink was Boilermaker, a beer with a shof of Bourbon in it.
When talking about writers and poets we should not leave out Oscar Wilde. As Toulose Lautrec, Van Gogh and other artists he was an absinthe drinker but he also enjoyed other drinks as whisky and Champagne. He didn’t use to listen to his doctor’s orders when he told him to renounce to a glass of iced Champagne.
And what about you? What’s your favourite drink you would never renounce to? We want to give you some recommendations.
Courvoisier 1L, an authentic pleasure.
Cardenal Mendoza, a great Spanish Brandy.