You may have heard that writers tend to fancy a drink or two. But writing a great book is like drinking a great cocktail. It’s pleasurable, readers can become drunk on it, and it’s the perfect way to relax at the end of the day. Cocktails and books have been enjoyed together by readers since the printing press was invented in the 15th century. Here are some of our pairing recommendations.

“I’m a drinker with writing problems.” - Brendan Behan

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and a Singapore Sling

One weird tale
Celebrate the Gonzo way. Source: Deviantart

The Singapore Sling was actually enjoyed by Oscar Zeta Acosta in real life. Oscar, of course, being Hunter S. Thompson's infamous “Dr. Gonzo.” And much like the real-life counterpart to insanity, this peculiar cocktail is bold, wild, and full of flavor. It’s not often that you can enjoy a real drink from the film. The drink consists of Yerba Buena Sling rye whiskey, Ferrand Dry Curaçao,Heering Cherry, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters. It does not contain the following:

  • A quart of tequila
  • A quart of rum
  • A case of Budweiser
  • A pint of raw ether
  • A whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, laughers, screamers

Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a 99

Fine books deserve fine drinks
Which was your favorite? Source: Glamor

Whether you’re a fan of the 1961 Audrey Hepburn film, the novella by Truman Capote, or that song from Deep Blue Something in 1993, Breakfast at Tiffany’s means something to you. In fact, you should go the full monty and experience all three at the same time. While you’re at it, have a “99,” the closest drink we can get from the beverages that were described in the book. This cocktail drink will transport you back to a simpler time.

The 99

  • Dom Perignon
  • Stoli Elit
  • Raspberry eau de vie
  • Yuzu juice
  • Garnish with raspberry

The Raven and a Raven

A good book is like a good friend
Enjoy sub-par drinks nevermore. Source: Wonderland

Yes, there is a drink called a “raven,” and yes, it was inspired by the poem from Edgar Allan Poe. And much like Poe, the drink is dark, mysterious, and probably surrounded by tuberculosis. It is one part rum, one part vodka, one part blue Curaçao , and one half a part of chambord. Enjoy this cocktail on a midnight dreary.

The Great Gatsby and a Gin Rickey

Reading while drinking is fun
Cheers to Great Gatsby readers. Source: Film Forum

On a list of difficult cocktails recipes this is the easiest. Just mix some gin with club soda, and add a lime. To enjoy it to its fullest extent, wear a tux. This is your classiest cocktail .

Literally Any Hemingway and Literally Any Whiskey

Truly one of the greats
Just like aged whiskey. Source: The Daily Beast

Let’s be honest, Earnest Hemingway was a man’s man. While he loved all cocktail drinks, whiskey was his first choice. He loved his whiskey so much that it often made its way into his works.

So buckle up, get out your copy of Old Man and the Sea, and mix some whiskey with soda. There are words that need reading and whiskey that needs to be drunk.

Selecting a book is very much like selecting a fine, aged wine. Tell us, what are your favorites on both subjects? Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more great tips and inspiration!

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