Books and booze? What may seem like an unlikely combination is actually pretty timeless – think Hemmingway, Dylan Thomas and Hunter S. Thompson. But what if your favorite classic characters from books were mixed drink recipes? Each with their own personality and flavor – it actually makes a lot of sense.
Given the title of the book, it’s only appropriate that we chose a cocktail with rye whiskey. Holden is always rambling on about ‘phonies’ so we thought he’d be a fan of The Old Pal – a great drink to tuck into during a Pennsylvania Prep School winter.
Fill a mixing glass 2/3 full with ice. Add whiskey, dry vermouth, and Campari. Stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds, and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink and use as garnish.
The Classic Martini is … well, a classic – just like Pride and Prejudice. Throughout the book – Elizabeth Bennett embodies a femininity that is bold and badass. The Martini is something you can drink in a sleek cocktail dress and still kick a bit of ass in – we think Lizzie would approve.
Pour 2.5 oz gin and .5 oz dry vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an olive or lemon twist (we think Liz would dig the olive).
The Pisco Punch was created in San Francisco – a major stop in Sal and Dean’s On the Road tour. Just like Sal, the drink is a little piece of Paradise and is a bit shy and reserved at first (as Sal is when we first meet him) but packs a punch with the tang of the lemon (just like Sal after three years of traveling with Dean).
In a punch bowl, combine 24 oz pisco (Peru’s national spirt), 8 oz fresh lemon juice, 8 oz water, 8.5 oz pineapple syrup, and 2.5 cups fresh pineapple chunks. Refrigerate until chilled – about 2 hours. Add ice and serve in chilled coupes.
We know Holly said her favorite drink was ‘half gin, half vodka, no vermouth’ but we couldn’t help but assign her the Moon River cocktail – given the song’s beautiful feature in the movie version of the book. Also, the drink appears simple but it quite complex – just like Holly.
Add 1 oz gin, 1 oz apricot brandy, .75 oz Contreau, .5 oz Galliano, .5 oz lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 20 seconds. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve.
Just like Don Quixote the novel, Queimada is a bit of a time commitment but it is so worth it. Queimada, like the character, is a traditional cocktail born from a world of chivalric virtues and values. The ingredients might seem absurd (the word quixotic comes from Don Quixote!) but they are just as lovable as Don at the end of the book once you’ve tried a sip.
Place a clay pot atop a cold BBQ grill. Pour 4 tablespoons orujo and 1 tablespoon sugar into a small glass and stir to dissolve sugar. Pour another 1 liter orujuo and 2/3 cup sugar into the clay pot and stir. Add the rind of one lemon (cut into trips) and ¼ cup whole coffee beans and stir again. Pour the orujo and sugar mixture from the glass into a ladle and light on fire. Move the ladle close to the clay pot until the orujo mixture in the pot catches fire. Stir until the flames turn blue. Slide the lid over the pot to put out the flames. Serve hot.