Here are the various liquors I find inspiring for an author;
Absinthe -The drink that motivated Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and many other artists. It has the flavor of bitter wormwood. Although technically wormwood has a drug in it, the drink has almost no affects from it. The drug high is mostly psychological. But it has a rich history and wild tales that go with it. To drink it is to drink history.
Mescal- a drink from
much like tequila only less refined and has a grub in each bottle. I recommend eating
it. The drink has its own magic qualities. The maguey, from which the drink is made, was one of the most sacred
plants in pre-Hispanic Mexico ,
and had a privileged position in religious rituals, mythology and the economy. Mexico
Mead- A honey wine that is probably one of the oldest wines in history. It is best when home made. It can be infused with many different herbs. The possibilities are endless. Ancient warriors in
Europe and the English Ilse often
drank it before battles. Mead
has played an important role in the beliefs and mythology of some peoples. One
such example is the Mead of Poetry, a mead of Norse mythology crafted from the blood of the wise being Kvasir which turns the drinker into a poet or
scholar. In the Old English epic poem Beowulf, the Danish warriors drank mead.
Laudanum- Today it usually has to be homemade, although there are variations that can be bought with a prescription. It is opium diluted in alcohol. It too has a fascinating history. It was legal to buy until the 20th century. The 19th century English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a heavy user of Laudanum.
Codiene comes in many forms.