"I work until beer o'clock."
- Stephen King
Forget flowers - bring this book next time you're invited to a friend's house for a dinner and drinks as it will amuse and delight your hosts with the abundance of puns and the fun little cocktail recipes based on famous literary works.
The author takes a book, it gives it a tasty pun, it surrounds you with a little trivia and he creates a drink perfectly fitting the work cited. The fun of this original book is in its humor and less in the actual drinks, so you may find cocktails that will make a mixologist shiver. But if you test these out, by the time a mixologist starts telling you why this or that recipe is wrong, you'll be too buzzed to care.
A little sample from the book:
CRIME AND PUNISH-MINT
When the lead character compares himself favorably to Napoleon, you turn off the laugh track on page one. New readers of Crime and Punishment - the tortured tale of a man who feels destined to murder a pawnbroker and then redistribute the wealth might think they're tuning in for a literary Law & Order. Those readers are wrong. Crime? Sure! But punishment? Forget primetime courtroom scenes, because the only punishment here is the murderer's life sentence of guilt. Pair Russia's homeland brew - vodka, baby!? - with just enough caffeine to give you the shakes. The mint should calm your nerves before you do anything too crazy.
- 1 1 / 2 ounces vodka
- 1 / 2 ounce coffee liqueur
- 1 / 2 ounce crème de menthe liqueur
- Light cream, to fill
Pour the vodka and liqueurs over ice in a rocks glass. Fill to the top with light cream - or heavy. Hey, you only live once.