Against the Day

Against the DayMy edition: Jonathan Cape 2006. 

Root beer – p. 24, 39

Corn liquor – p. 27

Old Gideon – p. 40, 309, 313

Green beer –  p. 47

Mickeys of red, white, muscatel – p. 55

Home-brewed potato spirits – p. 82, 84, 89, 96, 189

Cactus beer – p.83

Vintage Champagne – p. 111, 435

Imported Danish aquavit – p. 132

A ’96 Champagne frappéd in local ice – p. 138

Sillery wine – p. 162

Bucelas wine – p. 168

Dão wine – p. 168

Valley Tan whiskey – p. 180

Some kind of brandy – p. 185, 331

Whiskey with turpentine and sulphuric acid – p. 211

A twelve-year-old Speyside malt – p. 230

Cigarettes soaked in absinthe – p. 233

Condy’s fluid (permanganate disinfectant mixed with methylated spirits) – p. 234

Dense, warm, unaerated English beer – p. 240

Prosecco – p. 247, 724, 868

Sparkling Valpolicella – p. 247

Wedding punch with Everclear, peach juice, and ‘certain Scandinavian ingredients’ – p. 266, 267

Slings – p. 278

Sours – p. 278

Highballs – p. 278

Fizzes – p. 278

Menudo with tripe soaked in tequila  – p. 286

Home-brewed beer – p. 287, 308

McBryan’s whiskey – p. 290

Squirrel and sarsaparilla – p. 294

A small glass of diluted wine – p. 303

A labelless bottle of bourbon – p.313

Pear wine – p. 338

Perrier Jouët – p. 348

Drugged incandescent punch – p. 350

Sean O’Farrells / boilermakers – p. 360, 382, 974

$3.50-a-quart Champagne – p. 368

Sazeracs – p. 368

Absinthe Frappes – p. 368

Ramos gin fizz – p. 370, 639, 1034

New Orleans beer – p. 373

Fermented maguey juice (pulque) – p. 376, 377, 395, 925

Tequila-and-beer – p. 382

Budweiser – p. 395

Aryq – p. 433, 441, 442

A ’00 Pouilly-Fuissé – p. 443

A ’98 Graves – p. 443

Double shots of Taos Lightning – p. 463

Opium beer – p. 490

Audit ale – p. 492

Mâconnais – p. 494

Laudanum with whiskey chasers – p. 507

Fermented potato mash – p. 517

Lambic beer – p. 525, 544

Absinthe – p. 529, 530, 561, 850

‘Monopole de la Maison’ – p. 533

No-name wine – p. 535, 849

Absinthe mixed with Champagne – p. 542

Vino forte from Brindisi, Squinzano, and Barletta – p. 579, 582

Primitivo – p. 584

A spiked drink – p. 621

Rheinpfalz – p. 629

Herrgottsacker – p. 629

Hofstück Deidesheimer- p. 629

Bohemia beer – p. 642

Doubles of Cuervo Extra – p. 642

Schnapps – p. 662

Poison Champagne – p. 670

Brandy and soda – p. 680

Munich beer – p. 680

Velvet (porter and Champagne) – p. 682

Grappa – p. 706, 734, 739, 857, 1011

Szekszárdi Vörös – p. 718

Gewürztraminer – p. 718

Apricot brandy – p. 718

Italian beer – p. 726

Pommery – p. 744

Arrack and soda – p. 762

Gül kän (fermented rose petals) – p. 773

’99 Château Lafite – p. 787

Šljivovica – p. 806, 834

Sage-flavoured grappa – p. 826

Raki – p. 828

Žilavka with seltzer water – p. 829

Spiked beer – p. 843

Ouzo – p. 844, 973, 975

Pineapple Marquises with trois-six chasers – p. 849

Casanovas (Venice gin fizzes) – p. 854, 857

Kadulja (herbal grappa) – p. 870

Montepulciano – p. 873

Garfagnana red wine (mushrooms and chestnuts simmered in) – p. 888

A Champagne cocktail – p. 911, 974

‘Love in the shadows of Pera’ (Creme de Menthe and beer) – p. 912

Jurançon white – p. 941

A Crocodile (equal parts rum, absinthe, and trois-six) – p. 941

Homemade Dimyat – p. 947

Homemade Misket – p. 947

Tikveš wine – p. 964

Rakia – p. 971

Mavrodaphne – p. 975

Imported German beer – p. 986

Orizaba beer – p. 986

Madrileños – p. 988

A Balthazar of ’03 Verzenay – p. 1019

Spanish wine – p. 1023

Cranberry-flavoured beer fermented from black bread (?) – p. 1024

Homemade schnapps – p. 1026

Tequila and orange juice – p. 1057

California Champagne – p. 1058

Some vermouth concoction – p. 1069

Do Nobili – p. 1073

Nebbiolo – p. 1073

Cognac – p. 1077

Magnums of 1920 Puisieulx brut – p. 1084

3 comments on “Against the Day

  1. Colin Hutchinson says:

    You might be interested in an article I had published about drinking and hedonism in Against The Day and John Dos Passos’s USA – http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9174656 I cite a lot of references to drinks in the novel e.g. the experiments of Neville and Nigel with “opium beer” (ATD 490), the obsession of the Chums of Chance with champagne, the creation of the anarchist Crocodile cocktail (ATD 941), the persistence of incidents in which “the brown jug came out” (ATD 174), and the repast on board the Russian airship Bolshai’a Igra that is accompanied by “an enormous jug full of vodka”‘ (ATD 1024), amongst many others. Just though tit might help…

  2. Chivas says:

    Neville and Nigel also drink “a horrible combination of porter and Champagne known as a “Velvet.”” I immediately had try one myself and concur that they are indeed “horrible”. Great blog!

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