It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere, Bookworms!
Yesterday as I was making my rounds about the blogosphere, I was inspired by this post at Bitches with Books. Quirky taste tested a cocktail designed in honor of a book. That got me to thinking… Which libations belong with which books? Without further ado, I give you my top ten classic book and beverage pairings!
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: White Russian.
A White Russian is vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. The origin of the drink is not, in fact, Russian, but vodka is. It was either a White Russian or room temperature vodka (for authenticity’s sake.) I went for tasty. Sue me.
2. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery: Currant Wine.
Who DOESN’T crack up when Anne gets Diana drunk by accident on what she thinks is raspberry cordial? It’s all kinds of fantastic. I have no idea where one can procure currant wine, so… Boone’s Farm in a pinch, yes? (I am so trashy.)
3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens: Martini optional. Garnishes necessary.
C’mon Dickens! You made it too easy. For heaven’s sake his name sounds like a bartender asking a question! “Olive or Twist?” Sigh. Puns are so much FUN!
4. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Southern Comfort Old Fashioned
Is there a single character in this book who doesn’t long for the comfort of old times in the South?! Hello, perfect name. Nice to see you again.
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Tea. Just tea.
It’s unseemly for a lady to imbibe.
6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: Shirley Temple
Yes, I went there. The reason every kid likes weddings. The classic 7 up, grenadine, and maraschino cherries, also known as a “kiddie cocktail” is the perfect accompaniment to this perverse tale.
7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville: Dark & Stormy
A Dark & Stormy is essentially ginger ale and rum. It’s super appropriate for the book, because ginger ale is soothing to a seasick stomach. Also, sailors. Rum. It’s a thing. Queequeg would be down with this drink.
8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll: Absinthe. In a tea cup.
Absinthe is a highly alcoholic anise flavored green beverage. It’s psycho-addictive properties are highly exaggerated, but a few sips and you’re sure to be as Mad as the Hatter.
9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Long Island Iced Tea.
The book is set on Long Island. During Prohibition. Which made people want to be very very drunk all the time. I’ve always thought that this drink must have been invented by adventurous drunks pouring everything in their cabinets into one glass and hoping for the best…
10. Silas Marner by George Eliot: Goldschlager.
Silas loved his gold. Goldschlager has gold in it. A little obvious, but amusing nonetheless.
So there you have it, Bookworms. My list of classic books with their classic cocktail pairings. Anybody have anything they’d care to add to the list?