But sometimes the shortest route is interrupted by obstacles.
In life, we often find we have to go around something which we can't scale or overcome initially. Patience may be in order, or simple common sense. Why knock yourself out if you have alternatives?
Other times, capitulating to the inevitable is the only choice. People who can't compromise will have difficult lives. But meeting challenges is crucial to success, too. You have to pick your spots.
Sometimes, taking a slight detour is the only way to overcome a larger obstacle which would be too circuitous to go around. There are different plateaus.
Calling something crooked has implications. I'd never call a drink "The Zig-Zag"--which implies an inherent contradiction. Tastes have to make sense on the palate. The shortest route in a concoction seems better. Consistency, alignment, forthright determination--the right mix.
Here's the combination--as always, by proportion (this would make one drink):
2 Parts bourbon of your choice
1 Part orange liqueur of your choice
2 dashes Fernet Branca
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 small flamed orange peel
Shaken gently (or swished) and served up.
The shortest distance between two points may not always be a straight line. So kick back and enjoy a moment of reflection, and rest up for the next challenge. Decide upon the best strategy, and the best route to your destination. And when the time comes, be ready.