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5 Cocktails Oscar Wilde Would Have Absolutely Smashed

Today is the anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Published in 1891, the novel’s hedonistic bent and homosexual undertones (and overtones) have since made it both notorious and a much-loved classic. The novel follows the moral descent of Dorian Gray, a handsome young gentleman whose soul is forever trapped within a painting. As Gray’s depravity deepens, his face in the painting grows increasingly marred with sin… while his face remains forever young, beautiful, and innocent.

Booze & Bookstr is back at it for thirsty Thursday, and we all know Oscar Wilde was thirsty in more ways than one. That’s less an insult than a badge of honor—Wilde remains notorious for his love of both life and debauchery, two things that the writer would not deem separate. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, he writes, “the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” Tempted to grab some bottles and drink with us? Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!





Absinthe cocktails

Wilde notoriously touted both love and hate for the green fairy: “After the first glass of absinthe you see things as you wish they were. After the second you see them as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” So not only would he partake of the next few beverages, he’d probably drink more of them than you.

1. Billionaire Cocktail


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  • 2 oz. high-proof bourbon, such as Baker’s
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 12 oz. simple syrup
  • 14 oz. absinthe bitters or absinthe
  • 12 oz. grenadine syrup made from pomegranate
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish

Oscar Wilde enjoyed the finer things in life and always thought that they were worth paying for: “when I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life. Now that I am old, I know that it is.”


2. The Jaded Lady


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  • 1 ounce absinthe
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lemon-parsley infused simple syrup (see ingredients below)
  • 3 drops aromatic bitters
  • For garnishing: 1 lemon, a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves

Wilde had a rather pessimistic view of monogamy, shaking down the institution of marriage with his unrelenting wit: “men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” That would be enough to leave any lady jaded.


Champagne Cocktails

It’s not every day that someone’s love of champagne literally makes history, but here we are, 119 years after Wilde’s death, discussing how the infamous dandy instructed staff to serve champagne “at intervals” throughout the day. Apparently, Wilde’s love of the bubbly made its way onto the record during his trial:

Mr. Oscar Wilde: Yes; iced champagne is a favourite drink of mine–strongly against my doctor’s orders.
Mr. Edward Carson, QC: Never mind your doctor’s orders, sir!
Mr. Oscar Wilde: I never do.

Given that the doctor’s orders say that one serving of French fries is, like, twelve f*cking French fries, I think we’ll all have to ignore them.

3. French 75


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• 2 oz. London dry gin

• 1 tsp. superfine sugar

• 1/2 oz. lemon juice

• 5 oz. brut champagne

Oscar Wilde wisely said, “when good Americans die, they go to Paris.” But when you try this cocktail, you’ll be LIVING.


4. Red Eye


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  • 1½ Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
  • 3 oz. Prosecco
  • 4 dashes Scrappy’s chocolate bitters
  • 2 dashes saltwater
  • Garnish with a lemon peel

Why sleep when you could be out living? “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all,” Oscar Wilde said—especially people who are passing out at 9 P.M. You’ll definitely be living rather than existing when you’re wide awake for the most entertaining hours of the nighttime.


And the ultimate combo…

5. Death in the afternoon


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  • 12 oz absinthe
  • 4 12 oz champagne

Oscar Wilde would smash and get smashed.




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Bookstr & Booze: Drinking Games to Get Through Upcoming Superhero Movies (or Help You Enjoy Them Even More)

I love comic book/superhero movies, but not everybody does, and that’s perfectly reasonable. They’re everywhere, they’re not always great, and chances are you get dragged to them because your friends want to see them just to board the hype train. Unfortunately for you, there’s no sign of their end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a good time out of it. (And if you do happen to like them, then the following drinking strategies might just augment your enjoyment.)

There are many superhero sequels coming out in the next couple years. This means we know what to expect, and what kinds of drinking games we can make for them. We’ve got a few ideas for a few movies so far.

Is it rude to sneak alcoholic beverages into the movie theater and drink while you’re with your friends? Yes. But isn’t it also rude for your friends to peer pressure you into going to a movie you’d rather skip and waste your money? Yes. Therefore, “Turn down for what?”



Spider-Man: Far From Home

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1. A character mentions Iron Man/Tony Stark

2. Spider-Man does a flip

3. Spider-Man shoots a web

4. Spider-Man switches suits


Doctor Strange 2

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1. Characters do the weird hand movements to cast spells

2. Doctor Strange’s cape moves on its own

3. Doctor Strange makes a sassy remark


Aquaman 2

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1. Aquaman talks to fish

2. Mera has a badass moment

3. The scene changes to a different ocean/sea/lake/etc.


Guardians of the Galaxy 3


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1. They crack a joke

2. Thor calls Rocket, “Rabbit”

3. Thor calls Groot, “Tree”

4. The soundtrack plays a nostalgic song from a different decade



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1. A character says “SHAZAM!” (Or when it shows up in the logo/opening title)

2. You see lightning of any kind (Yes, even in the logo/opening title)

3. Freddy gets meta and makes a remark about superheroes



Hope these “guidelines” help. Drink responsibly, friends.



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Celebrate ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ Anniversary With This Drinking Game!

It’s the fifteen-year anniversary of the Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban movie, an adaptation beloved for its introduction of fan-favorite Sirius Black, who offered Harry a glimpse of the family and childhood he might have known. In addition to this heartwarming (and ultimately tearjerking) experience for Harry, we ALSO get to watch Hermione Granger punch Malfoy right in his smarmy little face. We love seeing Harry get his iconic Firebolt, and no matter how many times we’ve heard them, we always smile at iconic lines like you foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!


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There are so many reasons why many believe the third franchise instalment to be the best Potter film of all. Critics cite this film as a moment that the story transitioned from binary good and evil to increasing moral ambiguity as director Alfonso Cuarón focused on interpersonal relationships and the tumultuous passage into the teenage years. Cuarón darkened the film’s color scheme to distance the ever-more-serious story from its more whimsical predecessors, and, most notably, gave the three protagonists their infamous character development essay assignment: you know, the one Emma worked hard on, Dan appreciated, and Rupert didn’t do. Though the first two films deal with powerful themes, the third marks the transition from childhood to adolescence and juxtaposes the complex reality of a teenager with the increasing tumult of the wizarding world.



Spoiler alert: Ron Weasley didn't do his character development essay because "he's Ron"

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The hit film came out in 2004, and that DOES mean it’s been long enough since the iconic film was released that those born after it have gone out and gotten their learner’s permit. (It’s scary enough when some adults drive, let alone high school freshmen.) Most of us were children then, but we’re not anymore… and that means we’re old enough to play this drinking game. So break out your butterbeer or firewhiskey, turn on the TV, and turn UP in general.

(Booze & Books(tr) reminds you to drink responsibly & read voraciously!)


Take One drink when…

1. Harry casts a Patronus spell (trust us, you won’t want to do a shot for this one…)

2. A dementor appears onscreen

3. The boggart changes form

4. Harry learns he’s in “grave danger”

5. A Daily Prophet newspaper appears onscreen

6. The Whomping Willow changes seasons

7. “Sirius Black!” is said in a grave tone or hushed whisper

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1. Animal shapeshifting occurs

2. Buckbeak takes flight!

3. The trio sees their past selves (“is that what my hair really looks like from the back?”)

4. Mischief is managed—that could be the phrase “mischief managed” OR anytime mischief takes place, depending on your alcohol tolerance



Malfoy gets punched in the face, duhhhhhh.

Daenerys goes all "Mad Queen" on the kiddos of Westeros...

Drink Your Way Through the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale With This Boozy Game

By now, you’ve probably heard that Game of Thrones‘ eighth season has been a disappointment—whether you’ve heard it from your disgruntled friends or from your own mouth, screaming at the TV. It’s difficult to watch characters we love and identify with have such anticlimactic endings unworthy of all that they’ve accomplished. The show has been on the air for eight years, and not everyone considers what a significant weight eight years can carry. In the span of eight years, a student could begin high school and graduate college. In the span of eight years, most successful romantic relationships become marriages (statistically, most couples date for two before engagement). Consider your own group of friends—how many have you known for that long, nearly the full span of a decade? But you’ve known Jaime, Cersei, Dany, Arya. Maybe you were a child back then—not a small one, but fifteen, sixteen, seventeen. It’s been eight years, and you aren’t anymore.

This is the reason people are so angry with the trajectory of the final season: not petty Twitter drama or ill-considered ingratitude, but real emotional investment, completely squandered.

So why keep watching? Eight years.

Booze & Books(tr) drinking games are usually celebratory, but this week, we’re guessing you won’t be raising your glasses to toast. Here are some predictions for the upcoming finale



Jon, Dany, & Arya - who will kill whom?

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Drink if…


1. There’s a line of sexist dialogue (i.e., Sansa’s sexual trauma made her stronger)

2. A beloved characters’ story arc is left hanging (i.e., Brienne’s story would have been complete once knighted, but instead, she made herself vulnerable and was abandoned after seasons worth of character development)

3. A beloved character does something we don’t love quite as much. In “The Bells,” Dany, Jaime, and Arya all make choices that many feel are out of line with the trajectory of their character development. (Whether or not I agree with all three complaints is something I’ll keep to myself.)

4. An unnecessarily long shot of a relatively unimportant event. YES, I’m referring to Arya’s deus-ex-machina white steed. If you didn’t catch that the white horse may have been a biblical allusion to Conquest, one of Revelation’s four horsemen, thirty extra seconds of screen time probably didn’t make a difference.

5. Yara Greyjoy does nothing. The writers this season seem to continually forget some of the coolest things about their own script until they’re absolutely necessary—for example, that dragons can breathe fire.

6. Major plot points are left unresolved. Audiences still feel that Bran and the Night King’s stories aren’t finished yet, particularly because the narrative places so much emphasis on this plotline and then offers a relatively quick solution.



Arya, face bloodied, stares at the pale horse

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1. Khal Drogo returns to life… if you can call it that. Click the link for the theory!

2. There’s a dragon out there that the audience doesn’t know about.

3. Varys poisoned Dany before his execution.

4. Sansa will rule Westeros. (Note: this is Stephen King’s preferred outcome.)

5. Arya kills Dany—she always intended to kill “the Queen,” after all.

6. Jaime isn’t dead. If he’s not, can we please get a fully-rounded character arc?

7. Dany becomes the Night Queen.


And as always…


Your favorite character dies—or all your hopes for the ending do, whichever comes first.



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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

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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

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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)

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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



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

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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

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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



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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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