Cardiac glow

photograph by Jennifer Hess

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 be the ice,
Or the pineapple slice*,
But I strongly suspect it’s the rye.

–From “A Drink with Something in It,” by Ogden Nash

*Dear God, no.

Dear God, yes.

4 thoughts on “Cardiac glow

  1. Awwww, don’t fear the pineapple slice. Old-fashioned whiskey cocktails could decorated with all kinds of fruit on top (not muddled of course). Made them worth the extra nickel.

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  2. If your Old Fashioned is sweet, there’s nothing wrong with muddled fruit in ti, either. At least not here, in the capital of Old Fashioneds. I don’t know what you Eastern types do to them.

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