Politics 22 June 2010 Will Osborne have a drink today? The Chancellor may opt for something a little stronger than mineral water. Print HTML The chancellor is traditionally allowed a drink of alcohol during the Budget speech, and while Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling both preferred mineral water, George Osborne may feel that the circumstances call for something a little stronger. If he's looking for ideas, here's what his predecessors ordered: Whisky (Kenneth Clarke) Gin and tonic (Geoffrey Howe) Brandy and water (Benjamin Disraeli) Sherry and beaten egg (William Gladstone) Spritzer (Nigel Lawson) Special subscription offer: Get 12 issues for £12 plus a free copy of Andy Beckett's "When the Lights Went Out". › Osborne’s “progressive” façade George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Metro mayors can help Labour return to government How the Brexit referendum has infantilised British politics Vote Leave have won two referendums. Can they win a third?