I Make Too Many Lists: Five Cocktails Inspired By Literature

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Do you like to kick back with a drink while you're reading in your favorite chair? Or are the kind of person who loves to read at a bar and ignore the world around you? Next time you feel the urge to imbibe an alcoholic beverage while inhaling your favorite book, try one of these literary-inspired cocktails:


1. The Lo-lee-tini


Combine the innocence of a Shirley Temple with a sexy dash of vodka.
  • 1 oz. vodka (I'm partial to Smirnoff)
  • 5-6 oz of Sprite, or similar lemon-lime soda
  • Dash of grenadine, to taste.
  • A cherry or two on top, of course. 
Pair with heart-shaped sunglasses and lie out on your lawn in a teeny-tiny bikini. If you're feeling particularly naughty, tie the cherry stems together using only your tongue. Best served at the age of consent, if you please. Inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.


2. Victory Gin Gimlet


Comrade, sit back and have yourself a Victory Gin Gimlet. After all, "he who controls the past controls the future..." but he who controls the Victory Gin probably can't remember their past. 
  • 4 oz. gin (if you can't find official Victory Gin, Hendricks works well)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Rose's lime juice
Mix, pour over ice, and garnish with a lime. The bitter taste goes well with the bitter taste of "freedom." Inspired by George Orwell's 1984.



3. Moloko Plus Honey


Nothing gets you pumped up for a little ultraviolence like some Moloko Plus. "Milk with knives in it" may not sound that appetizing, but it's fairly simple to make when you're on the go.
  • 1.75 oz Bénédictine
  • Milk (any type will do just fine)
Then grab a couple of your mates and head to the Korova Milk Bar to continue the "fun." Inspired by A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.


4. The Sun Also Tequila Sunrises


Ernest Hemingway once said, "I drink to make other people more interesting." After a few of these cocktails, the sun will be setting on your boredom. Maybe you'll even run with the bulls.
  • Half a shot glass of tequila (try Jose Cuervo, it has Spanish origins)
  • Orange juice
  • Grenadine
Pour the shot of tequila into a highball glass with ice. Top with orange juice. Tilt the glass and pour grenadine down the side quickly. Garnish with an umbrella, cherry, or orange slice. Inspired by The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.


5. Tiffany Blue Sparkler


When most people think "Breakfast at Tiffany's," they think of the Audrey Hepburn classic, not the novel by Truman Capote. Well, with the Tiffany Blue Sparkler, you and your trusty feline friend Cat don't have to think of anything but relaxation.

  • 2 oz DeKuyper peach Schnapps
  • 6 oz sparkling lemonade
  • Drops of blue Curacao
Rim glasses with sugar. Mix peach schnapps and sparkling lemonade. Add drops of blue curacao until you get the perfect "not Tiffany's, but almost" blue. Inspired by Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's