Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

In George Orwell's novel 1984, he mentions that the drink favored by patrons of the Chestnut Tree Cafe (frequented by dissidents after serving their jail sentence) is gin with "saccharine flavored by cloves". I actually tried that recently, although using Equal (aspartame) rather than saccharine). It was actually quite good. In fact, I don't really see the point of sweetener at all. Just gin and cloves is actually quite good. I don't understand why I never really understood cloves. Except for Christmas mincemeat pie, I'm not sure if I ever really tasted cloves. What an awesome flavor.

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