Gin was my preferred route to mellowness. With the right sort of full strength of tonic and lots of ice. No lemon because a distiller expert had told me that it was the oils in the skin that led to troubles in the morning after. Gin did everything for me. Well - almost. Back in pre-Viagra days I got the same results from drinking champagne to excess.
Over the past couple of years I have discovered that gin - even in medium quantities - does nothing but make me very sad and melancholy. So - that has to be the end of that. Any requirement for champagne lapsed some while back. Suppose that becoming a no alcohol sort of person is all to the good but I do miss that bit between not quite enough and just a bit too much when all was peace and light and the world was a worthwhile sort of place.