Do you ever get irritated by having to turn to your friend at the bar and ask them if they want a drink? And not just because it always seems to be your round but because the words just seem a little old and tired? The Toper’s Timetable has a name for your drink at any hour of the day.
Feel like a Fancy Smile? Of course you do; it’s just turned 8pm. Got a hankering for a Refresher? Absolutely. I mean it is 10am after all. Thirsty at 3 in the afternoon? Perfectly normal – you’re in need of a Cobbler.
The Toper’s Timetable, constructed in 1874, has a name for your drink no matter the time of day.
It’s also where the expression ‘Night Cap’ comes from; it’s the name of your drink at Midnight.
Here’s the full list, currently included in the cocktail menu at the critically acclaimed Hawksmoor Steakhouse in London:
Mrs Romance is particularly fond of the idea of a Chit-Chat whereas I’m quite taken by the 10pm Sparkler.
The name ‘Toper’ was found in the etymological book A Derivative Diction of the English Language by the Reverend George William Lemon in 1783.
The word basically means ‘drinker’ but when you type ‘toper’ into Wikipedia, it redirects to a page about alcoholism. Doesn’t it feel great when the internet judges you?
What’s your favourite on the Toper’s Timetable? Tell us in the comments!