A Drink With Something In It by Ogden Nash

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, February 26th, 2012 · Quotes

We see the first verse of this poem quite often, but it’s seldom we see the whole thing, right?  (I love the Old-Fashioned verse best, I think.)

A DRINK WITH SOMETHING IN IT

by Ogden Nash

There is something about a Martini,

A tingle remarkably pleasant;

A yellow, a mellow Martini;

I wish that I had one at present.

There is something about a Martini,

Ere the dining and dancing begin,

And to tell you the truth,

It is not the vermouth-

I think that perhaps it’s the gin.

 

There is something about an old-fashioned

That kindles a cardiac glow;

It is soothing and soft and impassioned

As a lyric by Swinburne or Poe.

There is something about an old-fashioned

When dusk has enveloped the sky,

And it may the ice,

Or the pineapple slice,

But I strong suspect it’s the rye.

 

There is something about a mint julep.

It is nectar imbibed in a dream,

As fresh as the bud of the tulip,

As cool as the bed of the stream.

There is something about a mint julep,

A fragrance beloved by the lucky.

And perhaps it’s the tint

Of the frost and the mint,

But I think it was born in Kentucky.

 

There is something they put in a highball

That awakens the torpidest brain,

That kindles a spark in the eyeball,

Gliding singing through vein after vein.

There is something they put in a highball

Which you’ll notice one day, if you watch;

And it may be the soda,

But judged by the odor,

I rather believe it’s the Scotch

 

Then here’s to the heartening wassail,

Wherever good fellows are found;

Be its mater instead of its vassal,

And order the glasses around.

For there’s something they put in the wassail

That prevents it from tasting like wicker;

Since it’s not tapioca,

Or mustard, or mocha,

I’m forced to conclude it’s the liquor

One Response to “A Drink With Something In It by Ogden Nash”

  1. Thomas wolf says:

    Fabulous!!!

  2. Beverly Eckman-Howell says:

    Wunderbar!

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