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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 21, 2022
“When life gives you lemons, make whiskey sours”

"When life gives you lemons, make whiskey sours” and “When life gives you lemons, make a whiskey sour. For God’s sake, we’re adults now, people” are jocular sayings that have been printed on many images.  The sayings are variants on the popular saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

“You know, life gives you lemons, you make whiskey sours” was printed in The State and The Columbia Record (Columbia, SC) on May 15, 1983. “TFTD (Thought For The Day): If life hands you lemons, make whiskey sours!” was posted on the newsgroup bit.listserv.banyan-l on December 2, 1994.
“If life gives you lemons, make a whiskey sour” was posted on the newsgroup alt.games.everquest on May 6, 1999. “When life gives you lemons....make a whiskey sour” was posted on Twitter by Nathan “No Reimer Reason” on December 9, 2008.

“RT @SecretToSucceed When life hands you lemons, make whiskey sours. - W C Fields, comedian #quotable” was posted on Twitter by John Kremer, Author on June 11, 2009. “When life hands you lemons, make whiskey sours. —W. C. Fields“ was printed in the book The 2,320 Funniest Quotes: The Most Hilarious Quips and One-Liners from AllGreatQuotes.com (2001). There is no evidence that American comedian, actor, juggler, and writer W. C. Fields (1880-1946) ever said it.

“When life gives you lemons make a whiskey sour. For god’s sake we’re adults now, people” was posted on Twitter by Andy Herald on June 2, 2015. “When life gives you lemons make whiskey sours ppl… goddammit we’re adults now” was posted on Twitter by Covid Archer on June 24, 2016. “When life gives you lemons, make a whiskey sour. You’re an adult now, for God’s sake” was posted on Twitter by Ashcicle ❄️on July 29, 2016. “WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS MAKE A WHISKEY SOUR. FOR GOD’S SAKE WE’RE ADULTS NOW, PEOPLE” (shown on an image) was posted on Facebook by HowToBeADad on March 5, 2017.


Wikipedia: Whiskey sour
The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey (often bourbon), lemon juice, sugar, and optionally, a dash of egg white. It is a type of sour, a mixed drink with a base spirit, citrus juice, and a sweetener.

Newspapers.com
15 May 1983, The State and The Columbia Record (Columbia, SC), “Being single may be hard but it can also be enriching” by Julie Lumpkin, pg. 9, col. 4:
“You know, life gives you lemons, you make whiskey sours.”
(Spoken by Judy Weesner, an insurance agent with the Equitable Life Assurance Society.—ed.)

Google Groups: bit.listserv.banyan-l
Banyan 5.54(5) UNC?
Kris Holloway
Dec 2, 1994, 12:20:58 PM
(...)
TFTD (Thought For The Day): If life hands you lemons, make whiskey sours!

Google Groups: alt.games.everquest
wizards good ??
Jake Messinger
May 6, 1999, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
“If life gives you lemons, make a whiskey sour”
Shepherd of Karana, Bristlebane

Twitter
🥓☕Nathan “No Reimer Reason” 🇵🇹 🇺🇦⚽👨🏻‍🍳
@natedogreimer
When life gives you lemons....make a whiskey sour.
8:28 AM · Dec 9, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Norm Dulleck
@ndulleck
If life gives you lemons, make whiskey sours!
1:56 PM · Apr 12, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
John Kremer, Author
@JohnKremer
RT @SecretToSucceed When life hands you lemons, make whiskey sours. - W C Fields, comedian #quotable
5:11 AM · Jun 11, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
The 2,320 Funniest Quotes:
The Most Hilarious Quips and One-Liners from AllGreatQuotes.com

Compiled by Tom Corr
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2011
Pg. ?:
When life hands you lemons, make whiskey sours. —W. C. Fields

Twitter
Andy Herald
@AndyHerald
When life gives you lemons make a whiskey sour. For god’s sake we’re adults now, people.
5:32 PM · Jun 2, 2015·Twitter Web Client

19 June 2016, The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), “Tweet Talk,” pg. 2:
NATHAN FILLION @NathanFillion When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When old college buddies give you lemons, make Whiskey Sours.

Twitter
Covid Archer
@Nishath_Khan
When life gives you lemons make whiskey sours ppl… goddammit we’re adults now
5:45 PM · Jun 24, 2016·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Ashcicle ❄️
@Tomboyish_Texan
When life gives you lemons, make a whiskey sour. You’re an adult now, for God’s sake.
10:16 PM · Jul 29, 2016 from Texas, USA·Twitter for Android

Facebook
HowToBeADad
March 5, 2017 at 6:21 PM · Facebook Creator for iOS ·
Sometimes lemonade won’t cut it.
— with Shawn Taylor.
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS
MAKE A WHISKEY SOUR.
FOR GOD’S SAKE WE’RE
ADULTS NOW, PEOPLE.

17 March 2017, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press, “Today’s Horoscope” by Georgia Nicols, pg. D4:
If life gives you lemons, make a whiskey sour.

Twitter
HowToBeADad
@HowToBeADad
When life gives you lemons, make a whiskey sour.
For god’s sake we’re adults now, people.
4:14 PM · Jun 23, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
DollarLuxxClub
@LoversWhiskey
When life gives you lemons make a whiskey sour. For God’s sake, we’re adults now, people.
#Dollarluxxclub #lifestyle #Whiskeylovers #GlassofHappiness #Cigarlovers #Cigar #Smoking #VapeLife #SmokeRock #BrandforRich #Luxurylifestyle #HeyBaby #Honeyitsmoney #DreamBig
3:02 PM · Jul 4, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Gauche Douglas
@douglasboberg
Replying to @TheAdvocateMag
Lemonade?
When life gives you lemons make a whiskey sour. For god’s sake we’re adults now, people.
(This is also shown on an image from howtobeadad.com.—ed.)
3:50 PM · May 9, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Google Books
,i>When Life Gives You Lemons Make Whiskey Sours: Whiskey Alcohol Bartender 120 Page Blank Lined Notebook Journal
Front Cover
Custumm Publishing
Independently Published, Aug 9, 2019 - 122 pages

Twitter
Bryan Foster
@TheDigitalDoctr
Whiskey Wednesday Wisdom… “when life gives you lemons, make a whiskey sour.” ~ W.C. Fields .
(This is also shown on an image.—ed.)
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#whiskey #whiskeylover #whiskeywednesday #bourbon #bourbonlover #whisky #whiskeywisdom #drinks #cocktails #whiskeysour https://ift.tt/34QA1Si
10:26 PM · Sep 18, 2019·IFTTT

Twitter
𝐂𝐮𝐩𝐜𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐥😈🧁
@tracycupcake20
When life gives you lemons make a lemon drop martini.
FFS, we’re adults now people. 🍸😉🧁
3:00 PM · Jun 28, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
difficultwoman
@40acrewoods
Replying to @SLady1961
When life gives you lemons, make a whisky sour.  For God’s sake people, we’re adults now.
7:37 PM · Oct 1, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Bob Kostic
@causticbob
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS MAKE A WHISKEY SOUR.
FOR GOD’S SAKE WE’RE ADULTS NOW, PEOPLE.
6:03 AM · May 13, 2022·Twitter Web App

Twitter
David Voth
@SexCigarsBooze
When life gives you #lemons, make a #whiskey sour.
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
When life gives you lemons, make a
whiskey sour. For god’s sake, we’re
adults now, people.
12:48 PM · Jul 21, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

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