This book should be enjoyed responsibly by readers ages 21 & over only. Oh, but enjoy it you will!
Cleverly pairing up delicious cocktail recipes with beloved classic novels, Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tessa Smith McGovern is the perfect addition to any adult readers’ library. Or bar. Or … er, both.
McGovern has compiled 50 great novels — from old classics like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen to new favorites like The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick — and paired them up perfectly with cocktail recipes. Much like the eclectic choice in authors and titles, the cocktail recipes range from well-known favorites to original concoctions.
Here are some highlights:
“Frankenstein’s Berry Punch” and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
One of Victor Frankenstien’s more successful experiments: Pimm’s No. 1, and lemon/lime soda over ice cubes into a tall glass with fruit and mint.
“Papi’s Rum Punch” and This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
Papi and Miguel enjoy Bermúdez rum, and now it’s your turn. This refreshing summer cocktail combines light and aged rum, orange, mango, and pineapple juice.
“Heathcliff’s Crush” and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Watch out Cathy Earnshaw! Heathcliff’s got a new love. Read this tumultuous romance with a tantalizing Madeira, vodka, and Elderflower Presse cocktail in hand. Obsession guaranteed.
Not only do I love the cocktail combinations McGovern offers readers — but even more, I love what this book inspires. After reading it, I want to go to my own bookshelves, select my favorite tomes, and start mixing up drinks to compliment them. (And just think how much further you could take it, adding in food recipes, too!)
This book is perfect for anyone wanting to mix up a little libations while reading over a long weekend — or for book clubs, looking to spice up the refreshments at their next meetings.
Cocktails for Book Lovers is in stores now. Here is more about the book & author from the publisher:
The perfect pairing for anyone with a literary thirst: cocktails inspired by your favorite authors!
From Jane Austen’s little-known fondness for wine to Hemingway’s beloved mojitos, literature and libations have always gone hand in hand. Cocktails for Book Lovers blends these in a delectable book that will delight both readers and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
Perfect for book clubs and bon vivants, this irresistible collection features 50 original and classic cocktail recipes based on works of famous authors from Virginia Woolf to Junot Diaz and popular drinks of their eras, including Orange Champagne Punch, Salted Caramel and Bourbon Milkshakes, and even Zombie Cola. So dip in, pick your favorite author or book, and take a sip, or start at the beginning and work your way through. Cheers!
Tessa Smith-McGovern is an award-winning writer, and founder, host, and executive producer of BookGirlTV, a popular online video series for book clubs. She teaches Writing for Digital Media at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.