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6 Popular Cocktails

6 Popular Cocktails From Acclaimed Novels For A Literary Buzz

For bibliophiles and liquor connoisseurs, the marriage of a good book with references to iconic cocktails creates a delightful literary buzz. Certain novels by refined authors have elevated specific drinks to popularity for their ingredients and narrative significance.

Helan Singh

February 01, 2024

1. Vesper Martini, Casino Royale

1. Vesper Martini, Casino Royale

Ian Fleming's creation of James Bond brought forth the Vesper Martini, named after the character Vesper Lynd. Bond's iconic instructions to shake it well, making it ice cold with a thin slice of lemon peel, resonate as a thrilling memory for spy thriller enthusiasts.

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2. Mint Julep, The Great Gatsby

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, Daisy Buchanan offers a Mint Julep to ease tensions in the sweltering heat, adding a layer of minty freshness and bourbon richness to the tragic love story.

3. Gin Rickey, The Great Gatsby

3. Gin Rickey, The Great Gatsby

This effervescent cocktail is associated with Jay Gatsby's lavish parties. Its simplicity, combining gin, lime, and soda water, mirrors the complexity and elegance of the characters in the story, making it a popular choice in bars.

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4. Whisky Sour, A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway's memoir recounts a night in France where he attempted to cure Fitzgerald's hysteria with a Whisky Sour—a blend of whisky and lemonade—a moment capturing the camaraderie of struggling writers in post-World War I Paris.

5. White Angel, Breakfast At Tiffany’s

5. White Angel, Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Truman Capote introduces the White Angel through the iconic character Holly Golightly. This cocktail, a mix of vodka and gin with no vermouth, sets the tone for social gossip in the story and represents Holly's enigmatic allure.

6. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

6. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

In Douglas Adams' whimsical universe, the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is a complex concoction with hard-to-find ingredients, offering an earth version with bourbon, peach schnapps, and lemon twist soda. Its effects are described as akin to having one's brain smashed by a lemon slice.

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