“He requested a gin martini, which I made for him. When he took the first sip, he said, ‘This is excellent.’ He looked at me over the top of his glass, and his eyes were full of recognition. As if I was finally a real person to him.
For this member of the old guard, the taste of a correct gin martini is like a passport or a gang sign. We were friends for the rest of my time there.”
—Chee, Alexander. “The Poisoning.” Tin House. July 25, 2017.
One of the great things about reading is that you occasionally come across something that so perfectly expresses some vague feeling you had and brings it out into sharp relief. Want to know what is special about gin? Look no further.