Work is the curse of the drinking classes. – Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde might have been more right than he knew in that drinking may be a writer's curse. I don't know about other writers, but I'm driven to write. (You thought I was going to say I'm driven to drink, didn't you? LOL) I can't help myself. My hands and brain atrophy if I don't put my thoughts in a manuscript.
Every writer I've ever met must have something to drink whilst writing. Whether it's your fifth cup o' joe or a glass of pinot noir, writers gotta drink. What do you like to drink to keep the words flowing?
Here it is, 9 am, and I'm on my third cup of coffee. I just bought some gourmet coffee from a site online because I got a pound of Costa Rican for free. Can't beat that with a stick. The coffee I bought to get his free pound of coffee was also Costa Rican, and it was from volcanic soil around the Poas volcano. Sounded yummy to me. When I had my first cup last week I wasn't disappointed.
When I'm not drinking coffee, I drink either iced tea or sweet red vermouth. I recently got into vermouth after years of drinking either ruby port or a variety of red wines like merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chianti, and even amontillado. Yeah, I'm a Poe fan. Sometimes, when the mood strikes and when the purse allows, I'll buy French absinthe. The real stuff. Not eastern European green-dyed swill that tastes like Nyquil. Authentic absinthe is very herbal and medicinal-tasting. And it knocks you flat on your ass in no time at all, even if you water it down. As my butchering of the old saying goes, I might not touch absinthe much but it sure touches me.
There are writers who don't drink alcohol at all, let alone when they write. I know a few. It seems so against the stereotype of the imbibing writer, but they do exist. For the non-booze drinkers amongst us, I have a wonderful recipe for you. I make my own version of Celestial Seasoning's Red Zinger tea when I need something non-alcoholic. It's fantastic as iced tea. Red, delicious, and it has no caffeine. Here's my recipe. You can find the herbs at either an herb shop or a holistic grocer with an herb and spice section.
RED ZINGER ICED TEA
1 1/2 tablespoon hibiscus leaves
1 tablespoon rose hips
1 tablespoon peppermint
Sugar to taste
Boil one gallon of water. Once the water starts boiling, drop in the tea (in a tea ball) and remove from heat. Let the tea steep for about an hour. Wait until the tea cools, and then pour it over ice.
So what do you like to drink when you're writing? Tell me about your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Let's have a party!