Famous Alcoholic Authors and the Delicious Drinks That Destroyed Them

You’re in a rut. You’ve lost your edge. You want a cocktail, but you’re bored with your typical gin and tonic, vodka cranberry, whiskey coke, etc. etc. etc. Have no fear, your favorite alcoholic authors are here for inspiration!


You know what’s not inspiring, though? Drinking yourself to death. Please drink responsibly, know your limits, and absolutely do not drink and drive. 


1. Ernest Hemingway loved… a mojito!


Hemingway and his mojito

Image via Felipe Parucci.


Make your own mojito! (Via Epicurious)


  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
  • 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda


Stir lime juice and sugar together until sugar dissolves. Add ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, tear leaves in half, and add to glass. Stir, add rum, remaining ice, and club soda. Stir and garnish.


2. Hunter S. Thompson loved… Wild Turkey!


Hunter S. Thompson loved Wild Turkey

Images via the Never Company, Sycamore Hills Whiskey


Thompson drank his bourbon straight, and in large quantities. Please enjoy responsibly. 


3. Edgar Allan Poe loved… brandy eggnog!


Poe Brandy Eggnog

Images via Wikipedia, My Gourmet Connection


Make your own brandy eggnog! (Via Spruce)


  • 6 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup brandy, bourbon, or dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • Additional grated nutmeg for garnish


Combine eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a heavy pan, whisking until combined. Continue whisking while adding milk in a slow, steady stream. Place pan on burner on lowest setting, stirring continuously until 160 degrees F and the mixture thickens to coat the back of a spoon (25-30 minutes).


Strain mixture, add brandy, bourbon, or dark rum, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Stir and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, though the mixture can be stored for up to 3 days. Once chilled, pour heavy cream into a bowl and whip until it forms soft peaks. Fold whipped cream into custard mixture and serve in chilled glasses with nutmeg garnish.


4. Truman Capote loved… a screwdriver!


Capote drinking a screwdriver

Image via The Drinks Business


Delicious, easy, and delicious. Mix vodka and orange juice to taste.


5. Jack Kerouac loved… a margarita!


Jack Kerouac loves margs

Images via CMG Worldwide, Serious Eats

Make your own margarita! (Via


  • 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Cointreau, triple sec, or your preferred orange liqueur
  • 1 & 1/2 oz. tequila blanco
  • Kosher salt (optional, but is it really?)
  • Lime wedges
  • Ice


Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.


6. William Faulkner loved… mint juleps!


William Faulkner loves mint juleps

Images via Bio, Southern Fatty


Make your own mint julep! (Via Alton Brown)


  • 10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • Seltzer water
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 & 1/2 ounces Kentucky bourbon whiskey


Place mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass and top with sugar. Muddle until the leaves begin to break down. Add splash of seltzer water, fill glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add bourbon. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with mint.


7. F. Scott Fitzgerald loved…. Gin Rickeys!


F. Scott Fitzgerald loved gin rickeys

Images via PBS,


Make your own gin rickey! (Via The Spruce)


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2​ tablespoons lime juice
  • 4​ ounces club soda
  • 1​ lime wedge


Fill a highball glass with ice, add gin and lime juice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lime wedge.


8. Charles Bukowski loved… boilermakers!


Bukowski loves boilermakers

Images via Sobotka Literary Magazine, Draft Magazine


A shot of whiskey and a beer. What’s not to like?


9. Oscar Wilde loved… iced champagne!


Oscar Wilde loved ice champagne

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Oscar Wilde would get along with the gaggle of 24 to 26-year-old girls I consider my friends. Champagne for everyone!


10. William S. Burroughs loved… vodka coke!


Burroughs loved vodka coke

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A classic. Vodka, coke, and ice (debatable).


Featured image via Bar 145 Kent