Irresistible Drink and Book Pairings: Summer Edition

Sip on through summertime with these juicy drink and book pairings!

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Book covers of Lilith by Nikki Marmery, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The sun is shining, and the pages of a fresh book are begging for company. If you’re looking to take your summer reads to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. From bright and fizzy to rich and smooth, we’ve found these delicious summer beverages their literary soulmates. Read on to see our recommendations for the perfect thing to sip on as you crack open a new story.

Aperol Spritz – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, book cover.

Sip on this fizzy, bittersweet classic while you delve into the tale of ultra-beautiful superstar Evelyn Hugo as she recounts the dramas of her life — specifically, the tales of her seven husbands — to seemingly random journalist Monique Grant, who has yet to find her big break. As Evelyn shares her experiences with love, fame, heartbreak, and resilience and inches tantalizingly closer to her biggest secret, she’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Who was Evelyn Hugo’s true love? Join Monique in devouring Evelyn’s story, and reflecting on the sacrifices that come with life in the spotlight with an herbal bubbling spritz with just the right amount of bitterness. 

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Strawberry Mint Sangria – Eat Pray Love

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, book cover.

Grab a crisp, sweet glass of this seasonally accented sangria and join Elizabeth Gilbert as she goes on a journey of emotional healing and spiritual growth by experiencing three different parts of the world. Her story is broken into three segments. Italy, where Elizabeth indulges in the pleasures of life, exploring Italian culture and savoring its iconic cuisine. India, where she turns inward, confronting her restless mind and seeking inner calm. And Indonesia, where she seeks balance and strives to integrate her discoveries with her old life and find harmony between the two. 

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Piña Colada – Malibu Rising

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, book cover.

Refreshing, creamy, and screaming summer, the Piña Colada is your perfect partner for diving into the lives of the four Riva siblings as they throw their legendary end-of-summer bash. Taking place over a jam-packed 24 hours, the story follows Nina, Jay, Hud, and Kit as they approach the party, struggling in their personal lives in wildly different ways. From supermodel Nina’s marital troubles to Kit’s journey of discovering her sexuality, the four siblings spell trouble and spill secrets before the night’s end. Explore sibling relationships and the yearning for identity set on a glamorous Malibu background. 

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Frozen Espresso Martini – Lilith 

Lilith by Nikki Marmery, book cover

Enjoy a decadent, smooth sip of this frosty beverage as the story of Lilith unfolds, and discover that the story of Eden may be different than we’ve heard. Banished from paradise for refusing to submit to Adam, Lilith is scorned and demonized. But they don’t know her secret. She tasted the wisdom of the Tree of Knowledge and knows why the heavens are out of balance. She plans to save Eve, return God’s wife (and equal) to her place in heaven, and finally return to Paradise where she belongs. Her journey takes her deep through time, and she discovers what she must do to right the wrongs done to women and all of humanity. From the beginning. 

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Blackberry Margarita – A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR SPOILER)

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Mass, book cover

Tart, tangy, and balanced, the blackberry margarita makes great company along with Nesta Archeron as she battles her way head-first through trauma, rage, and an ancient magic she never asked for. Ravaged from the war with Hybern and her unwilling transition to high fey. Or…not high fey, something older. Darker. Something the world has not yet seen. It couldn’t have, as no one has done what Nesta dared to do with teeth and claws and fury. No one has ever taken from the cauldron. As Nesta wars with her mind, her family, and her enemies, her greatest battle may be with her heart, as she finds herself locked in an enchanting, terrifying dance she cannot escape. No one can keep Nesta from something she puts her mind to, not even when she might wish they could. 

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Peach Iced Tea – Where the Crawdads Sing 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, book cover

Pour an ice-cold glass of this sweet Southern classic with a summer twist and follow Kya Clark through her troubled life. Growing up in poverty and slowly abandoned by her family one by one, Kya finds herself living a life of isolation, where she becomes deeply acquainted with the plant and animal life of coastal North Carolina. Ostracized and betrayed, Kya is targeted as the prime suspect in a murder investigation and a victim of the townspeople’s prejudices. Her melancholic childhood becomes an unexpected boon — along with a few loyal friends — as she strives to defend herself against the assumptions of the town. 

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Kombucha with Mint – The Alchemist 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, book cover

Savor the zesty, energizing effervescence of this wonderfully layered beverage as you journey with Santiago, a shepherd from Andalusia, as he decides to change everything to follow his dream. In this nuanced tale about following your heart and learning to listen to the soul of the world, the people around you, and omens, enlightenment awaits in every unexpected, sometimes unfortunate, change. Learn to take life’s turns alongside it, and remember the importance of following your heart with this poignant, inspirational tale. 

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Whether you’re looking for a bit of wisdom or a raunchy romance, these drink pairings are sure to take your reading experience to the next level. And if you’re settling in for a whole afternoon in the sun, feel free to make a pitcher and keep the refills coming! Swirly straw optional but recommended.

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