Booze & Books(tr): 5 Vodka-Based Cocktail Pairings

What goes better with books than booze? In this edition of Booze & Books(tr), I’m pairing vodka-based cocktails with novels that are just as delicious.

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All that heavy reading can certainly make us bookworms thirsty. Besides, what sets the reading ~mood~ better than a vodka-based cocktail? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so make one of these booze-and-book pairings your next weekend plans.

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan — Salty Dog


Ingredients: vodka, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, salt, grapefruit wedge & rosemary sprig to garnish (optional)

Six months ago, Bree Prescott had the most horrifying night of her life. Hoping to find peace, she decides to make the move to Pelion, Maine. There, she collides with Archer Hale, a silent and wounded man who also just happens to be insanely hot. Equally just as troubled, Bree helps Archer find his voice while he helps her move forward.

This pairing works so well. When drinking a Salty Dog, you first experience the steely taste of the salted rim and then the sweet tang of the grapefruit juice. Similarly, this story is one of transformative love. In the beginning, Bree and Archer are both in rough situations. However, there is definitely a sweet finish at the end, making this book worth reading.

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A Very Nice Girl by Imogen Crimp — Appletini


Ingredients: vodka, sour apple schnapps, sweet and sour mix, green apple slices for garnish (optional)

Anna has never felt like she fits in—not with her wealthy classmates, not with her family, and definitely not with Max. In fact, Max is everything she’s not: rich, orderly, and impossible to read. Soon, Anna is hooked, desperate for his attention. Furthermore, Anna wants Max so badly that she’s willing to ignore all of the warning signs that this might be a toxic relationship. Torn between her singing career and connection with Max, Anna risks losing sight of herself completely.

Initially, Anna and Max’s relationship seems okay. However, it soon becomes clear just how fast a connection can sour. Equally as sour is the Appletini, which makes this pairing the perfect match. Additionally, this drink features sweet green apple slices as a garnish, which represent how there can still be good moments in a rocky relationship. These good moments contribute to Anna’s confusion, making her struggle to make a decision.

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Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor Black Magic


Ingredients: black vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, edible pearl dust/glitter for aesthetic (optional)

Surrounded in mystery and magic, Hotel Magnifique appears in a different destination each morning. That’s right—it quite literally brings the travel to its vacationing guests. Throughout her life, Jani has always dreamed of going elsewhere. As a result, when the hotel pops up in her town, Jani jumps at the opportunity to join the staff. Alongside her younger sister Zosa, Jani embarks on the greatest adventure of her life. Later on, Jani discovers that these staffing contracts are unbreakable and the hotel is concealing dark secrets. Now, she must unravel the magic and find a way to get her sister and her out.

Obviously, this read needed to be paired with a cocktail just as enchanting. The Black Magic is characterized by its dark appearance and edible glitter. Honestly, it looks exactly like a starry night sky and gives off similar vibes to the novel’s cover. Further, it is a strong drink, just as how the magic surrounding the hotel and its staff is extremely powerful.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi — Espresso Martini


Ingredients: vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, coffee beans for garnish (optional)

Nestled in a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving coffee for over 100 years. However, this is no ordinary coffee shop. In fact, it offers customers a unique experience: the opportunity to travel back in time. In this story, we follow four different people with four different reasons for wanting to time travel. But there are rules—you must sit in a certain seat, you cannot leave the café, and you must return to the present before the coffee gets cold.

Given its location, I’m sure a few saw this pairing coming. When you’re reading about fictional characters enjoying a cup of coffee, you should also be drinking something coffee-flavored. For that reason, I have selected the espresso martini. While it is served cold, we, fortunately, don’t have to worry about what temperature our beverage is!

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry — Chi Chi


Ingredients: vodka, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, maraschino cherries, and pineapple wedges for garnish (optional)

Alex and Poppy: two best friends who could not be more different. For over a decade, the duo has always taken a week-long vacation together. That is, until two years ago when they ruined everything. Since then, they have not spoken a single word to each other. In an effort to make amends, Poppy invites Alex on one last vacation. Miraculously, he agrees. Now, she has one week to fix everything.

Naturally, it was only right to pair a tropical drink with a book about vacations. The Chi Chi is like the cooler sibling of the Piña Colada, minus the rum and plus the vodka. Additionally, it’s very light, sweet, and impossible to put down—just like this read!

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