Literary Cocktails Contest: Make a mixed drink for a chance to win a Sony e-Reader

Listen to a great literary cocktail example above, courtesy WAM (3/7/11)


UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned for more contests from CBC Books.

Ah, summer. Perhaps you like to kick back and relax on the beach, sipping a cocktail or two. Or perhaps you'd rather be hosting a big backyard barbecue, serving Caesars. We're up for anything, as long as it involves our favourite reads. Which is why we asked you to give your favourite summer drink a literary twist.

What drink would you serve your favourite literary character? Would Anne Shirley get a Shirley Temple? A Sour Puss for Puss 'n' Boots? Would you show off your creative side and create a cocktail yourself? A dark twist on a White Russian for Anna Karenina? When it comes to literary cocktails, we were up for anything, and did you ever respond!

Every entry was put into a random draw to win one of two Sony e-Readers. The lucky winners are...drumroll, please....Fangula from Toronto and Misty Blue from St. Leonard, Quebec.

Fangula mixed up a "floral and fragrant cocktail inspired by the works of Jane Austen," which she called Scents and Sensibility.

"The refinement of the Regency era is matched with the lusty botanicals of the English countryside...

  • 1.0 oz dry gin
  • 1.0 oz lavender simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz cold Earl Grey tea
  • 2 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • scant splash rose water
  • splash of grenadine for colour

Shake all ingredients over ice, and strain into an elegant cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of lavender."

Misty Blue turned to Stephen King for inspiration, mixing a Zombie Cocktail for the horror writer.

"I'm sure that Stephen King would never refuse the company of a Zombie Cocktail. It's the perfect drink to enjoy Under the Dome, in the Pet Sematary, during the Night Shift, at Salem's Lot, or even in Full Dark, No Stars.


  • 1 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 3/4 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz cherry brandy
  • 1/2 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz high-proof dark rum
  • 2 dashes grenadine


Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass with crushed ice..."

Congratulations again to Fangula and Misty Blue. If either of their cocktails didn't float your boat, check out the hundreds of fabulous entries in the comments below.

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