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Booze & Books(tr): A Cocktail for Every Harry Potter Book

Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’re bringing you another booze & book pairing. Our recommendation? Any booze and any book. Since that’s a little too general, we’re going to be pairing cocktails with Harry Potter books.

We would recommend not drinking your way through the entire Harry Potter series—if only because the books are long and, consequently, your lifespan would not be. That said, the series is bound to stir up an intense emotional response in any of its fans. While many books after this series have been called the ‘next Harry Potter,’ the truth is, there’s no such thing. The story itself is deeply meaningful, but what makes the series so important to so many people is more than what happens on the page: it’s that instant return to childhood and all the wonder that entails.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StonePumpkin Pie Mocktail

 

Pumpkin Pie Mocktail

Image Via Target Made me do it

 

Ingredients: Canned Pumpkin Puree – 2 tbsp, Canned Peach Slices (in own juice) – 8-10 slices drained, Sugar – 2 tbsp, Sparkling Apple Cider – 2 cups, Pumpkin Spice – 1 tsp, Maraschino Cherries – 2, Mint leaves – a few

No alcohol for this one. These kids are eleven, and it’s likely you were around that age when you read their story for the first time! Show some solidarity—Ron survived a near-death experience that ended with an unfortunate spray of troll snot without a drink, and so can you. Instead, drink up and envision that glorious taste of pumpkin juice in the Great Hall.

 

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Snakebite Shots

 

Snakebite Shots

Image Via Liquor Online

 

Ingredients: 2 oz honey-flavored whiskey (such as Yukon Jack), 1/2 lime juice

Okay, so twelve-year-olds aren’t really supposed to have alcohol either. But that doesn’t mean you can’t! With some hard liquor and a sour dash of lime juice, this drink has more bite than any basilisk. After you take one, make another the exact same way to pay homage to the way in which Gilderoy Lockhart copied other wizards’ achievements… and, like those wizards, you too will probably lose your memory.

 

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Pruno

 

Pruno (also known as prison toilet wine)

Image Via Wikihow

 

Ingredients: An unwavering faith that you’ll survive whatever comes next

Yes, Pruno is prison wine (a.k.a. ‘toilet wine’), and it can be created from everything from bread, to fruit, to ketchup. It necessitates resourcefulness and is incredibly dangerous to consume, making it comparable to the book we’re pairing it with. There isn’t much happiness in Azkaban—what little there is doesn’t come from any of this this. (And, like dementors, Pruno can kill you.)

Note: Pruno can actually kill you. Bookstr is definitely not responsible for your death on the off chance you poison yourself with botulism. We may or may not be responsible for your Thursday drinking habits.

 

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fireblood

 

Fireblood Cocktail

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Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Fireball Whisky, 4 oz. Bloody Mary mix, 1 lime wedge, 1 celery stalk

Kick back, relax, and have some Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireball. The Fireblood cocktail thematically encapsulates the intensity of the Triwizard Tournament, from the fire (think the Hungarian Horntail) to the blood (think Cedric Diggory’s horribly tragic character death). This drink is NOT a shot—so, like the climactic scene when Harry and Cedric touch the portkey, this one’s not gonna end quickly.

 

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Jellyfish

 

Jellyfish Cocktail

Image Via Spruce Eats

 

Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounce vodka, 1 1/2 ounce blue curaçao, 1 1/2 ounce white sambuca, 1/2 ounce cream

Any thoughts on what this beverage looks like? If you’re feeling particularly pensive, you might identify what memories this swirling blue liquid might stir up in Harry Potter fans. Book five is all about gaining insight into the minds of others, even when this insight is too personal or uncomfortable. Though Snape & Harry’s Occlumency lessons play a larger role in this installment than the pensive itself, you’ll wish you had one when you wake up after drinking a few of these.

 

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Dark & Stormy

 

Dark & Stormy

Image Via Zevia

 

Ingredients: 2 oz dark rum, 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (optional), Ice, 1 candied ginger slice, 3 oz chilled ginger beer, 1 lime wheel

While most fans prefer the books to the movies, no one can deny that the film gave terrifying gravitas to Dumbledore’s death and the events leading up to it: dead hands reaching from the surface of the water, the echoed shouts in the remote cave. The Dark & Stormy captures the mood of that fateful evening in which everything we knew came undone… plus, it blunts the emotional impact.

 

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Everclear

 

Everclear

Image Via Spoon University

 

Ingredients: Existential torment, grain alcohol

Listen, the last book was an emotional experience for all of us, and this is the only drink that can handle the task at hand. “But this is a cocktails list,” you exclaim. “What are we supposed to mix it with?” Everclear. You’re supposed to mix it with more Everclear.

 

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Tyrion, pouring himself that big drink we all need.

Booze & Books(tr): Your ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Drinking Game

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. Since this week is in honor of the Game of Thrones TV show, we’ve got one major recommendation: a shitload of booze. This post is dark and full of spoilers, so don’t continue if you haven’t gotten a chance to endure episode 3. The battle’s lighting may be dim, but don’t worry: we’re about to get LIT.

 

Image result for game of thrones cersei drinking wine

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Listen, sometimes you have to just drink and know things. For instance, you KNOW that at least one of your faves is going to die by the end of Season 8… if they haven’t already. (Pour one out for Lyanna Mormont.) And you KNOW that, if you drink for every on-screen death, you’ll be as dead as George R. R. Martin’s characters. So, let’s stick with the following rules and show a tad more temperance than Cersei, shall we? Read up & drink up, keeping in mind that many of these rules are based upon popular online theories of things that could happen to our protagonists (let’s not call them all heroes). By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

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TAKE A DRINK IF…

  1. There is further tension between Dany and Sansa
  2. Dany wins the majority of the credit for defeating the Night King (as it appears in the episode 4 trailer)
  3. Jon and Dany are incredibly awkward around each other…
  4. OR Jon and Dany full-on fight it out.
  5. Tyrion betrays Daenerys.
  6. The Night King isn’t dead; BRAN is the Night King
  7. Or Bran is the Lord of Light?
  8. Daenerys’ dragons die.
  9. Tyrion and Sansa remain married.

 

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Finish Your Drink if…

  1. Brienne and Jaime end up in a relationship
  2. Gendry is killed when Dany discovers his claim to the throne
  3. Daenerys ends up the final villain
  4. Jaime is the one to kill his sister-slash-ex-lover
  5. ARYA is the one to kill Cersei (brown eyes, blue eyes, GREEN eyes, y’all)
  6. Cersei dies giving birth to Jaime’s child (which would still follow the valonqar prophecy)
  7. ARYA USES JAIME’S FACE TO KILL CERSEI
  8. Your favorite character dies (if anything happens to Sansa, there’s not a drink in this world strong enough…)

 

 

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"Happy Hour": 3 cartoon alcoholic beverages smile, as if not knowing they will soon be consumed

Booze & Books(tr): 7 Cocktail Pairings to Get You Lit(erary)

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’re bringing you another booze & book pairing. Our recommendation? Any booze and any book. Since that’s a little too general, we’re going to be paring classic & popular novels with cocktails to help you get what all the buzz is about. Admittedly, some of these cocktails are pretty vile. But since vile people often feature heavily in books, the drinks make for appropriate pairings. (That is, these cocktails are nasty unless you actually WANT to put milk into beer. If you do, you may be one of the aforementioned vile people.)

So, friends, read up & drink up. By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

1. The Great Gatsby – Long Island iced Tea

 

'The Great Gatsby' & Long Island Iced Tea

Images Via Amazon & liquor.com

 

Ingredients: Gin, white rum, silver tequila, vodka, triple sec, simple syrup, lemon juice, cola. Alternatively, whatever you found in your mom’s cabinets dumped into the sublte water bottle that clearly no longer contains water.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t I pair The Great Gatsby with a classy beverage, like a Tom Collins or anything with an umbrella in it? It’s pretty simple—Gatsby’s not all that classy of a guy. He may have some serious panache, but in the end, he’s new-money who likes to show off what he’s got: the biggest house, the best parties, the hottest ride. It all seems romantic because it’s set in the roaring 20s, but if this were the 2000s Gatsby was after a girl who went to the Ivies while he got a practical degree at State, you know he’d be trying to impress her with his McMansion and excessive Instagram stories of his house parties. ESPECIALLY given that the novel is set on Long Island, a place that may as well have been named after the drink.

Also, a Long Island Iced Tea will get you drunk, which is maybe the only thing you’ll have in common with this cast of high-society characters.

 

 

2. Landline – 1-900-FUK-MEUP

 

'Landline' by Rainbow Rowell & 1-900-FUK-MEUP

Images Via Amazon & Drinking.land

 

Ingredients: Absolut Kurant, Grand Marnier, Chambord raspberry liqueur, Midori melon liqueur, Malibu rum, Amaretto, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, whatever tears you have left to cry. 

‘1-900-FUK-MEUP’ is an accurate description, both of the story and what the story does to our fragile little hearts. If you’re not familiar with this newer release from #1 bestselling author Rainbow Rowell, the gist is that Georgie, a TV writer in a failing marriage, discovers a way to communicate with her husband—a phone that makes calls to the past. It seems like a second chance, an opportunity to talk to a younger Neal and fix the problems in their marriage before they begin. But maybe fixing the relationship isn’t the thing Georgie is supposed to do. Maybe she’s supposed to prevent it from happening. Emotional, right? Drink up.

 

3. The Metamorphosis – A Short Trip to Hell

 

'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka & A Short Trip to Hell

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Ingredients: Peach, strawberry, and wildberry Schnapps, Red Bull, Jägermeister, profound existential pain.

At only fifty-five pages, Franz Kafka’s novelette is a short trip down into the blackest depths of human consciousness. If you can for a moment forget that you’re alone in the world and strapped to a mortal body that may never reflect your internal self-perception, Kafka is here to make sure you remember. We’re all just bugs on this Earth, baby!

 

4. Equus – Horse Jizz

 

'Equus' & Horse Jizz

Image Via Amazon & PROOF.MEDIA

 

Ingredients: Beer, milk, a sudden loss of dignity.

Whether or not you’ve read Equus, just look at that cover and tell me the pairing doesn’t work.

Also, don’t Google search ‘horse jizz.’

 

5. The Old Man and the Sea – The Old Man and tHE sEA 

 

'The Old Man and The Sea' & Drunken Sailor

Image Via Amazon & Chilled magazine

 

Ingredients: Rum, Luxardo Maraschino, lime juice, grapefruit juice, years of substance abuse.

Of course Hemingway, literary icon and known drunk, would have a cocktail named after his own work—an accomplishment that, while less impressive than naming a university wing after yourself, may or may not be cooler. Back in 1935, a mystery man in a Cuban bar downed a daiquiri that was left sitting unattended (classy move, E.H.). His response was as to-the-point as his dialogue: “that’s good, but I prefer it without sugar and double rum.”

Apparently, the reason Hemingway wanted less sugar was so he could drink more of them—which makes him as relatable as he was talented.

 

6. GOOD OMENS – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

 

'Good Omens' Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett & The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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Ingredients: Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Jameson, Johnnie Walker Black, Bacardi 151, at least one bad idea.

Listen: a flaming shot is a beverage that was not created for the flavor. If you start your night off drinking one of these, you’re going to be getting into some shenanigans. And shenanigans is basically the plot of Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett’s Good Omensshenanigans and the End of Days, which are, apparently, exactly the same thing. So why not drink this one at the end of the world? When you wake up the morning after, it’s going to feel like the apocalypse anyway.

 

 

7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Fearless Redneck

 

'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' & Fearless Redneck

Images Via Amazon & Inside Tailgating

 

Ingredients: Jim Beam Black Label Bourbon, Sobe No Fear energy drink, a blatant disregard for your own mortality.

You’ve got to be pretty fearless to start smoking at the age of eleven.

 

 

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Booze & Books(tr): Your Weekly Bookish Drinking Game: Fantasy Edition

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’ll be playing a fantasy drinking game—so if your fantasy is a glass of something strong, we think you’re going to like what happens next.

Rules: Imagine any work of fantasy, YA or otherwise. You might have more fun if you choose something that employs a lot of tropes*… but you’ll probably have fun either way! By the end of this game, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

TAKE ONE DRINK IF…

 

Our protagonist is…

 

1. ‘Chosen’ or destined for some serious cataclysmic showdown…

 

"But I am the Chosen One."

Image Via DesignContest

 

…to save a world they previously knew nothing about…

…and is completely under-qualified for said task (sixteen, never held a sword, etc.)

 

2. Naturally gifted at an extremely useful skill…

 

D&D Elven Script

Image Via Obsidian Portal

 

Despite having no previous experience. (Let’s get real: if you studied Tolkien’s elven script for two straight weeks, you wouldn’t be fluent. More like you’d be asking directions to the bathroom and ordering lembas bread with all the dignity of a toddler.)

 

3. Conveniently related to a major-player in our fantasy world, whether they’re the child of nobility or the disregarded latchkey kid of our looming force of darkness…

 

Jame Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland

Image Via Edmonton Journal

 

…and doesn’t know it yet. (Don’t worry; it’ll come up at the most dramatic possible moment.)

 

Our Setting is…

 

1. Ambiguously Medieval-European…

…which serves little purpose except to populate the landscape with only white characters.

 

The Shire

Image Via Paste Magazine

 

2. Suspiciously lacking in technological progression over a long period of time. (We’re not talking iPhones, y’all. Even feudalism didn’t last for 1,000 years.)

 

Our Villain is…

 

1. A vanquished threat that has definitely gone away and would never come back for something as cheap as a plot twist!

 

Voldemort returns.

Image Via Youtube

 

2. Unabashedly evil—we’re not talking villains who think what they’re doing is right. This is more your ‘I want to end the world and don’t seem to understand it’s where I keep all my stuff’ sort of motivation.

 

3. Not just one unabashedly evil character but instead, an entire empire devoted specifically to wickedness. Like, can we talk about the mechanics of such a place? They have to have some sort of industry. What do they produce, blood? And you KNOW they’re not cashing in off the tourism industry. Is there some sort of evil hotel? Does that offer room service? We need answers.

 

Mordor, aforementioned evil empire

Shadow of War Wiki

 

Still with us?

 

We hope you had a fantas(tic) time, and we’ll see you next week!

 

*Here’s our disclaimer where we assure you we are aware that The Lord of the Rings, while it employs many of these tropes, doesn’t abuse them. In fact, it’s where a good amount of them come from. And, while our dear friend H. P. wasn’t the first Chosen One to exist, his story lead the way for the many that followed. Tropes aren’t inherently a bad thing—since they probably just got you absolutely hammered, we’d say they’re pretty great!

 

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Elizabeth Banks in The Hunger Games

Booze & Books(tr): Your Weekly Bookish Drinking Game: YA Dystopia Edition

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings.

To give you a little preview, here’s a suggestion we can offer right now: any drink and any book. (Don’t worry; they’ll be more detailed than that. But you have to admit, it’s the perfect combo.)

This week is our YA edition. That’s right, we’re going YA dystopia on your asses.

Rules: 

Select your favorite YA dystopia novel— We’re thinking The Hunger Games, Divergent, you get it.

Take a drink every time one of the following tropes occurs!

 

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

Take one drink if…

 

  1. The protagonist is a thin, white person who is extremely physically fit as a result of a life lived on the land…
Katniss running
Image Via Lionsgate

 

2. It quickly becomes clear that this attractive, noble young person is the ONLY one who can save humanity from the regime that is currently in power,..

 

3. Humanity recently came close to extinction as a result of a disaster that is only ever vaguely explained and is referred to by some sort of ambiguous name like the Ending…

 

Shailene Woodley in Divergent
Image Via IGN

 

4. Nothing in this world has an actual name and everything is called the basic name for what it is, but capitalized e.g: “Ever since the Ending, we have attended the School, run by the Professors, where we learn to be the best Wives we can be, for our future Lords.”

 

5. The events of the story are catalysed by the protagonist’s fifteenth, sixteenth or seventeenth birthday…

 

 

Maze Runner
Image Via Variety

 

The protagonist’s love interest is of a different Group / Race / Class / Dimension and therefore their love is Forbidden…

 

The agents of the regime in power have a name like the Deceivers or the Deputies or the Hounds and they will show up at every point to wreak havoc.

 

Still with us?

If so, maybe it’s time for you to drink the Cure!