A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 26, 2014
“Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody”

"I’ll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody,” said the character “Hawkeye” Pierce in an episode ot the TV series M*A*S*H that aired on March 18, 1973. The episode was written by Larry Gelbart and Robert Klane. The line has been included in several books on drinks.


Wikipedia: Ceasefire (M*A*S*H)
“Ceasefire” was episode #23 of the first season of the TV series M*A*S*H. It originally aired on March 18, 1973.

TV Show Episode Scripts
M*A*S*H Episode Scripts
J323 - Cease-Fire

(...)
They’re passing out champagne.
I thought you guys might like some.
Nah, I’ll stick with gin.
Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.

8 June 1973, Record-Eagle (Traverse City, MI), “About Town” with Gene Brown, pg. 4, col. 3:
Champagne is ginger ale that knows somebody.

Google Books
The Quotable Drunkard:
Words of Wit, Wisdom, and Philosophy From the Bottom of the Glass

By Steven Kates
Avon, MA; Adams Media
2011
Pg. 71:
“I’ll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.” —“Hawkeye” Pierce, M*A*S*H

Google Books
Gin: A Global History
By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
London: Reaktion Books Ltd.
2012
Pg. 113:
Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.
Hawkeye Pierce, M*A*s*H

Google Books
The Power of Positive Drinking
By Cleo Rocos
London: Square Peg
2013
Pg. ?:
“I’ll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.”
Hawkeye, M *A *S *H

Twitter
Gin and Tonic Daily
‏@gintonicdaily
“I’ll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.” --
M*A*S*H, Hawkeye
Very true.
Check out
http://www.sipsmith.com/blog/articles/sipsmith-favourite-gin-quotations
5:01 PM - 26 Aug 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 • Permalink