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Tessa Smith McGovern has pulled together fifty cocktails to be paired with favorite authors. The collection is not a gaggle of cocktails simply mentioned in novels; there is no Ian Fleming Vesper Martini, for instance. Instead, McGovern gives the reader a bit of info about a specific writer, an excerpt from their work and then a suggestion for a drink and further reading. It is a kind of like: If you love Zora Neale Hurston, you'll love the Orange Blossom. Or, say you have read everything by Collette, but did you know she loved a glass of mulled wine? Well now you have a recipe.
McGovern runs a web series called BookGirlTV where she interviews authors and often mixes a cocktail with them. Frankly, this sort of companion drinking could be a huge boon to Amazon. In addition to other books you might like, how about a cocktail to go with your book.
Yes, Virginia, we have read Virginia Woolf. So why not have a drink in her honor. This drink is inspired by Woolf's old address, 29 Fitzroy Square, also the location for the BBC's adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. Who wouldn't love this.
Stone's Original Ginger Wine
Pour Stone's Original Ginger Wine into a chilled flute glass. Top with champagne.
While drinking and driving is a bad idea, drinking a reading is a really good thing. Pick up a copy of Cocktails For Book Lovers for inspiration. Pick up a copy of Cocktails For Book Lovers and host the best book club -- EVER.
P.S. Jeff Bezos, give me a call!