10 Great Book and Cocktail Pairings

Just when you’re getting ready for a night out, something happens to ruin your plans. What to do? Naturally you head for the shelves to pick out something that will satisfy your need to read. But why stop there when you can keep the party of two (you and your book) going? Break out your glassware and cocktail shaker, because we have some perfect book and drink pairings!

1) The Great Gatsby & Gin Rickey

Party like Jay Gatsby and join him by indulging in some refreshing Gin Rickeys! Popular in the 1920’s, Gin Rickeys are made with gin, lime juice, and club soda. Because of the popular movie adaptation, everybody wants to time travel back to this glitzy era in America’s history, flapper dresses and all. Join the fun and don’t be such a downer, old sport.     

2) Ulysses & Irish Coffee 

This will wake you up. Novelist James Joyce is famous for writing about Ireland and its people, and yes, there is some mention of drinking. Ulysses is a long read that really requires a lot of focus, so sitting back with a nice hot drink will definitely get you in the right mood. Coffee-spiked with whiskey? The only thing that would be better is if Starbucks started selling it.  

3) Casino Royale & Martini

Okay, okay, we know there’s a lot of debate over who the best James Bond is, but we’re not here to talk about how it’s definitely Sean Connery (just kidding). One thing every Bond has had in common, including the original Bond in the novel series, is their choice of drink. You can enjoy your Martini however you want, but if you want to be authentic you know you’ll have it shaken, not stirred.   

4) The Raven & Brandy

As most of us know, Edgar Allan Poe was a man who was a notorious drinker. Apparently, his drink of choice was brandy! And after reading some of his work, that makes total sense. If you’re a fan of twisted thrillers or dark ghost stories, reading The Raven and having brandy before bed just seems like the perfect thing to do on a night in, doesn’t it?  

5) Sex and the City & Cosmopolitans 

While it’s most well known by its television series, Sex and the City started as Candance Bushnell’s book following the life of columnist Carrie Bradshaw. One of the staples in both the book and the movie was the ladies’ favorite drink, Cosmopolitans. Sweet, sassy, fun, Cosmos are the perfect drink to get when you’re gossiping with the girls, or really with any meal. Carrie set the trend when she asked “Can I get a cheeseburger, large fries, and a Cosmopolitan?”     

6) Fifty Shades of Grey & Red Wine

E.L. James’ book is not for the faint of heart. Red wine can be effortlessly sexy, wich makes it the perfect drink for the immensely popular series about a thrilling relationship between Anastasia and the compelling Christian Grey. Pour yourself a glass (let’s be real, a few glasses) while indulging in James’ trilogy.  

7) The Old Man and the Sea & Mojito

While this may seem like a weird choice, Hemingway was known for his love of mojitos! And in a way, its refreshing nature is perfect for a day out at sea. What? You mean it’s not about a fun summer’s day out on the boat? Oh, well you can still feel connected to Hemingway, another notorious literary drinker. 

8) Breakfast at Tiffany’s & Screwdriver

One of the many things to love about breakfast is your choice of drinks! Boozy brunch is the best brunch, and judging from Truman Capote’s novella, we think Holly Golightly would agree. Holly keeps everyone around her on their toes, so enjoy a Screwdriver and keep up with her antics. Vodka and orange juice could seem like a lot to have in the morning, but it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

9) Catcher in the Rye & Old Fashioned

When reading J.D. Salinger’s classic, you get a different point of view of New York City in the 1950’s. Holden’s own angst and disillusionment really brings out the traditionalism and grittiness of the city, making an Old Fashioned seem like the perfect choice to sip on while taking a tour through NYC at night. If you’re not a phony, you could even join Holden for a Scotch and Soda, his own preference.  

10) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao & Boilermaker

College brings back so many memories, well, at least of the nights we can remember. Author Junot Diaz’ novel follows a group of young guys in college who are trying to keep their lives together. So, you should probably drink like you’re in college trying to keep your life together. If a Boilermaker is too much, you can definitely get away with a six pack of your favorite cheap beer. 


Let us know what books and drinks you think would go great together!


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