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!
Beth at AlmostPosh.com
Hmm, quarter past 10 – it’s definitely time for a Refresher. Tally-ho!
Nothing wrong with that, Beth! I’d even say you could call for a Stimulant while you’re at it!
Carla and Emma: The Merrymaker Sisters
AHHHH! This is so so so soooo cute! We’ve never tried an eye-opener before… maybe we should 😛 hehe! Sugar free of course! e + c
It’s great, isn’t it, Emma & Carla? Couldn’t resist sharing when Mrs Romance told me about it. Nothing wrong with wanting an Eye-opener – as they say it’s always 5 O’clock somewhere… though that would completely invalidate the purpose of this list, wouldn’t it?