She ordered food, with her usual vodka with tonic on the side.
She ate little but drank the vodka, leaving the tonic where it was - on the side.
The good news is that the departure of Berlusconi could be a tonic that awakens Italy from a stupor of lassitude and indifference.
1640s, "relating to or characterized by muscular tension," from Greek tonikos "of stretching," from tonos "a stretching" (see tenet). The meaning "maintaining the healthy firmness of tissues" is recorded from 1680s, first extended 1756 to "having the property of restoring to health."
"a tonic medicine," 1799, from tonic (adj.).
tonic ton·ic (tŏn'ĭk)
Of or producing tone or tonicity in muscles or tissue.
Characterized by continuous tension or contraction of muscles, as a convulsion or spasm.
Producing or stimulating physical, mental, or emotional vigor.