Favoured by some of the most iconic writers, artists and actors in the record books, gin has inspired many a memorable phrase. Whether uttered in one of our favourite cult classic films or penned in a lofty work of literature, some of the most famous quotes about gin are still repeated today.
As gin makers and avid lovers of the botanical spirit, we’ve curated a list of our absolute favourite one-liners about gin. We just love to hear people wax lyrical about it! Tell us, how many of these gin quotes are you familiar with?
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“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine” – Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, 1942
“The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.” – Winston Churchill
“There’s a sort of movement that says that when classics are bypassed, they can become cool again. That’s what’s happening to gin. It’s part of the whole retro cocktail culture.” – Richard Brandes
“Red meat and gin.” – Julia Child, when asked for the secret to living to an old age.
“The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived.” – Bernard DeVoto
“I am prepared to believe that a dry martini slightly impairs the palate, but think what it does for the soul.” – Alec Waugh
“Most cocktails today are made with gin and ingenuity.” – Irma S. Rombauer
“Nothing is more pleasurable than to sit in the shade, sip gin and contemplate other people’s adulteries, and while the wormy apple of marriage still lives, the novel will not die.” – John Skow
“I’ll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.” – Hawkeye, M*A*S*H
“Without gin, there would be no martinis, and that’s a scenario too troubling to contemplate sober.” – Dr Pretorius
“I don’t know what reception I’m at, but for god’s sake, give me a gin and tonic.” – Denis Thatcher
“I exercise strong self-control. I never drink anything stronger than gin at breakfast.” – W.C. Fields
“Fortunately, there is gin, the sole glimmer in this darkness.Do you feel the golden, copper-coloured light it kindles in you? I like walking through the city of an evening in the warmth of gin.” – Albert Camus
“Sitting with my gin or whisky afterwards I would often manage to get into conversation with some lonely man or other – usually an exile like myself – and the talk would be about the world, air-routes and shipping-lines, drinking-places thousands of miles away.” – Anthony Burgess, The Right to an Answer, 1960
“The sooner the tea’s out the way, the sooner we can get out the gin.” – Henry Reed
“A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin and waving it in the general direction of Italy.” – Noel Coward
“The only day I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.” – Phyllis Diller
“It’s a crooked system, but gin straight takes the pain away.” – Ludacris
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