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The Rema (YD 116:3) says to eat something and drink something between having fish and meat.

Many have the custom to specifically make a lechaim between fish and meat, meaning they have something alcoholic, like whiskey.

Tosafos (Moed Kattan 11a, brought by Rabbi Akiva Eiger to YD 116:5) say it's dangerous to drink water after fish. Someone told me this is the source for the custom that some who fulfill the Rema specifically have whiskey instead of water. I was wondering if this explanation is brought anywhere.

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    Another way to get in another shot – sam Jul 22 at 18:13
  • I heard a story about someone who was so scrupulous about separating between fish and meat at his Yom Tov meal that he would smoke a cigar in between courses. Interesting set of priorities there: stringent to excess about separating between fish and meat, unbelievably lenient about smoking on Yom Tov. – Fred Jul 22 at 18:39
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    @Fred Sakanta chamira me'issura - but pretty ironic to smoke a cigar to avoid the ancient alleged danger of combining meat and fish. – Loewian Jul 22 at 19:40
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    @Loewian I have no idea how a cigar was supposed to accomplish anything, but he managed just fine without it on Shabbos. – Fred Jul 22 at 21:55
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    @Fred It seems you missed the whole point. The person had the cigar so that he can have smoked fish! – DanF Jul 23 at 13:44
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Sh'arim M'tzuyanim B'Halacha [on Kitzur Shukchan Aruch] 33/2 makes this suggestion.

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