I just started reading David Embury’s classic book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. Very early on I found this passage that I wanted to save for later:
The well-made cocktail is one of the most gracious of drinks. It pleases the senses. The shared delight of those who partake in common of this refreshing nectar breaks the ice of formal reserve. Taut nerves relax; taut muscles relax; tired eyes brighten; tongues loosen; friendships deepen; the whole world becomes a better place in which to live.
Found on page 33 of the reprint edition that I own.