“Reflections on Ice-Breaking”

Now, I may just be dumb, but this is a saying I heard for years but never really understood. It's something I've heard my parents and grandparents say, and I just thought it was a cute little saying. It wasn't until I saw the quote today, with the title, that I finally figured out what Mr. Nash was actually talking about.

“Reflections on Ice-Breaking”
Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.
— Ogden Nash