It's this time of the year again – cold and damp outside, impending in-laws, that old hobby project in dire need of refactoring, and the fifth newbie question on why pointers aren't arrays, or why code that "is working perfectly" still doesn't handle end-of-file correctly.

Only one way out: A trip to the supply cabinet, and mix up the old happy juice.

What's your favourite recipe? What works and what doesn't?

I'll start. This one is a classic, though I refer to it as The Uncaught Exception:

  • Two units of whisky (no 'e')
  • One teaspoon of honey
  • Careful amounts of hot water (to taste)

Best used when: After opening a question, and before typing the response.

Counter indications: Does not mix well with Boost.

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    If you have the opportunity, a McGraths No. 5 is good for achieving the ol' Ballmers Peak.
    – JMK
    Dec 23, 2013 at 14:20
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    @JMK: Looks very nice, though I should have added that it's safe to assume it's past 11am.
    – Kerrek SB
    Dec 23, 2013 at 14:24

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Since saying "a shot of tequila" is a bit too short, I'll go with a mixed drink:

Crown and Ginger

I know, some people long ago decided that Coke should be the Crown mixer, but they're just plain wrong. Not only does it taste better, but it gives me another reason to buy magic skyjuice.

  • 1 part Crown Royal
  • 1 part Ginger Ale
  • Slice of lime (optional, but don't cheat with bottled lime juice)

Best used when : At any keyboard that isn't in an office

Contraindications : Can lead to accidental refuctoring

Disclaimer: Many other whiskies work just as well (or better), but Crown has a good price/quality ratio around here.

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    Not sure if to -1 for the Canadian whisky, or to +1 for suggesting something useful to do with said whisky (I actually have a surplus of this particular one, for complicated reasons). Anyway a +1 for the side effects warning.
    – Kerrek SB
    Dec 23, 2013 at 21:33
  • Well, I guess I didn't really expect the disclaimer to prevent comments disparaging the choice of whiskies.
    – Geobits
    Dec 23, 2013 at 21:50

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