I ran across a wonderful short story in a collection of travel stories about the cultural nuances of the first drink of the day depending on where you are geographically – a small excerpt for your palate:The idea of anticipating food with the first drink of the day should not, however, become a rule. It might make the habit seem a tad more respectable, but if you’re looking for respect this isn’t the place. There are those days on any journey when knowing the quickest route to an appropriate libation is vital. I’m not speaking of a medical emergency but an emotional one. It could be that the bags lost by the airline have not turned up. It could be that the rented car has blown a tire. It could simply be that last night’s dinner – and probably the last drink of the day – were too much. Whatever.
Ah, the ‘whatever’ is a nice out! In case you were wondering, Champagne is the one drink that you can respectably have with breakfast. The short story is entitled ‘The First Drink of the Day” by Clive Irving, from the book “The Best American Travel Writing” of 2000. Cheers!