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5 Summer Reads and the Perfect Drinks to Go with Them!

With the heat of the summer upon us, people come out of hiding for all the awesome seasonal festivities to enjoy. Whether it’s parties, holidays, barbeques, or going to the beach everyone comes out in droves to soak up a little sun. Yet it also feels like summer is in slow motion. Hot days that last until the 8PM, no set plans, and hazy afternoons make for a relaxing time. What better time to pick up a new read or four?

 

The summertime is an important season for readers’ it’s a whole season dedicated to a new plethora of books. So when you want to take part in the fun, but you need a new read, there’s just no choosing only one. So here we’ve got a sweet list here for the perfect summer books and the adult beverages to go with them.
 
 

 

1. The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer

 

 

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Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

 

What to drink:

 

Blueberry Ginger Mojito is for when you can’t decide which path to take: tart or spicy. So instead you just choose both.

 

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2. Tangerine: A Novel by Christine Mangan

 

 

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The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. 

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

 

 

What to drink:

 

 

Green Tea and Orange Coolers are perfect for this read. There’s no alcohol because we want you fully alert for a book you can’t seem to put down. It’s as satisfying and refreshing as the plot.

 

 

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3. Love and Ruin: A Novel by Paula McLain

 

 

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In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer.

 

 

What to drink:

 

Strawberry Lemonade Bourbon Cocktail will be your best drink of choice. We’re talking about Hemingway after all; a little whiskey only seems right.

 

 

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4. The High Tide Club: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews 

 

 

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When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her 20,000 acre barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never actually met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter, but why enlist Brooke and not the prestigious Atlanta law firm she has used for years? Brooke travels to Shellhaven and meets the cagey Josephine, whose home is a crumbling pink mansion at the edge of the turquoise sea.

Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She is hiring Brooke for two reasons: first, to protect her island from those who would despoil her land, and second, to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club―so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades―Millie, Ruth, and Varina. To fulfill a dying woman’s wishes, Brooke must find Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. But in doing so, Brooke unleashes the makings of a scandal that could make someone rich beyond their wildest dreams…or cause them to be in the crosshairs of a murderer….

 

 

What to drink:

 

White Sangria tastes sweet, fruity, and fresh so with every turn of the page you’ll be taking another sip. This will have you feeling like you’re right on the water.

 

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5. By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank

 

 

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By Invitation Only is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard -working Southern peach farmers.

Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so?

 

 

What to drink:

 

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Peach Iced Tea fits the southern charm and wit of this story. There’s no alcohol, but the character’s background of being a peach farmer plus the sweet taste will still have you feeling like a right Georgia peach. 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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

 

3. Edgar Allan Poe loved… brandy eggnog!

 

Poe Brandy Eggnog

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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!

 

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

 

5. Jack Kerouac loved… a margarita!

 

Jack Kerouac loves margs

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Make your own margarita! (Via Liquor.com)

 

  • 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

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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

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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

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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!

 

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

 

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These 12 Literary Mugs Will Help You Sip Your Troubles Away

If there’s one thing bookworms love more than a good book, it’s a good cup of coffee…or some other kind of drink inconspicuously poured into a coffee cup.

 

Lucky for readers everywhere, there is no shortage of awesome literally-inspired coffee mugs. From mugs decked out with your favorite book phrase, to mugs representing your love of all things books, here are some cup ideas to plan out your next reading session!

 

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15 Literary Snapple Facts That Probably Aren’t Facts

Snapple’s Real Facts are notoriously untrustworthy. We live in the age of fake news, though, so maybe this is a great time to be one of Snapple’s facts. Below are some of the best literary facts courtesy of Snapple. All things book, writing, and word related are here for your education.

 

 

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1. No word in the English language rhymes with month.

2. The first typewriter was called the “literary piano.”

3. Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand while writing with the other.

4. The standard Chinese typewriter has 1,500 characters.

5. The medical term for writer’s cramp is graphospasm.

6. Not only was James Garfield ambidextrous, he could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other at the same time.

7. Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” to win a bet with his publisher who thought he could not complete a book with only 50 words.

8. An African elephant can turn the pages of a book with its trunk.

9. The first ballpoint pens were sold in 1945 for $12.00.

10. William Shakespeare was born and died on the same day: April 23.

11. Thomas Edison coined the word “hello” and introduced it as a way to answer the phone.

12. “Typewriter” and “perpetuity” are the longest words that can be typed on a single line of a QWERTY keyboard.

13. The first spam message was transmitted over telegraph wires in 1864.

14. OMG was added to dictionaries in 2011, but its first known use was in 1917.

15. French author Michel Thayer published a 233 page novel which has no verbs.

 

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Check out the full list of Snapple’s Real Facts here.

 

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