Few things complement summer reading as well as a refreshing beverage to keep you cool as you catch up on your book pile. We asked you to invent a cocktail recipe with a literary twist; maybe something you'd serve up to your favourite character or a lively libation that embodies the qualities of a beloved author. We've had a tremendous response so far and would like to share some of your thirst quenching creations.
"I would like to mix up a 'Sea Shanty' for Linden MacIntyre," wrote ThelmaBall. "First we would start with a little Glen Breton on the rocks. And then, because we would surely be interrupted by the Bishop, we would chase it with a little 'Altair' wine from The Bishop's Cellar in Halifax."
JamiesonWolf offered this recipe inspired by a Canadian literary icon:
"One of my favourite authors is Margaret Atwood. Out of all of her novels, I love Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood most of all."
"Therefore, I would create something called the Craker Cocktail, named after the new human species created by Crake himself. The drink would match the bright green of their eyes and would smell as they do, of fruit and spice."
Juice of 1 lime
2 oz of white grape fruit juice
2 oz of green apple juice
1 tsp icing sugar
2 dashes bitters
2 oz white rum
1 tbsp crème de menthe (green)
Squeeze the lime juice into a long glass filled with crushed ice. Add the white grape fruit juice and the green apple juice. Add the icing sugar and 2 oz soda water and stir. Add the bitters, rum and crème de menthe. Top up with soda water.
Misty Blue would serve this cocktail to horror master Stephen King:
"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 Semetery, 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
1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a glass with crushed ice.
Here's a photo of Misty Blue's Zombie cocktail:
"For J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, I would make her a Butterball, as she invented Butterbeer for her characters in her books," commenter debrulz29 wrote.
1/2 shot butterscotch schnapps
1/2 shot amaretto almond liqueur
anitza concocted this unconventional cocktail after finishing Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. "In her futuristic last chapter, people 'T' each other (like text messaging), sometimes while face to face. So I would make Jennifer Egan an 'Iced-T.'
Soak a supposedly water-proof smart phone in distilled water (to get homeopathic doses of the day's conversations).
Add 1 tsp. of organic, solar-powered, local greenhouse-grown cane sugar juice.
Add ice (from a propane-powered freezer).
Put a fancy umbrella on top and serve.
SeaGray invented a fierce cocktail to match a formidable character.
"My favourite character the last while has been Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson's books. Her intelligence, resilience and fortitude impressed me."
The Lisbeth Salander:
In a highball glass, mix approximately three shots of Coke with a shot of rum. Stir, add plenty of large ice cubes and top with a shot of black vodka (like Blavod). For the final touch, add a long blood red stir stick. Dark, smart, and fabulous.
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