Blazing Cat Fur
My grandmother always had a bottle available. Calling wine a tonic was a great ploy and many folks used it to obfuscate reality.
It does a body good!
The wine was fortified with “supplements” — like cocaine, perhaps?
Buckfast Tonic Wine is “fortified” with caffeine. It is still sold in the UK. It has 13% alcohol. “Bucky” has a bad reputation, being favoured by street drunks.
I have a little “pick me up ” I call it whenever this younger generation acts foolishly and start getting up my nose . It calms me and allows me to finish hand loading more ammunition….
My favourite tincture is “fighting spatchcock” which is composed of equal amounts Colt 45 and the reddest rawest cheapest rot gut red wine you can buy.
Sets me up wonderfully….I’d fight a bear after a couple of snorts.
“My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.”
Better drunk than in a funk?!
Reminds me of Inspector Brackenreid taking heroin (that new German chemical wonder drug!) for his toothache.