Tequila Mockingbird : Cocktails with a Literary Twist, Hardback Book

Tequila Mockingbird : Cocktails with a Literary Twist Hardback

5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


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You fought through War and Peace , burned through Fahrenheit 451 , and sailed through Moby-Dick .

All right, you nearly drowned in Moby-Dick , but you made it to shore,and you deserve a drink!

A fun gift for barflies and a terrific treat for book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed.

Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes,paired with wry commentary on history's most beloved novels,the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.

Even if you don't have a B.A. in English, tonight you're gonna drink like you do. Drinks include: The Pitcher of Dorian Grey GooseThe Last of the MojitosLove in the Time of KahluaRomeo and JulepA Rum of One's OwnAre You There, God?

It's Me, MargaritaVermouth the Bell Tolls and more!


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, Two-colour art throughout
  • Publisher: Running Press,U.S.
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  • Category: Spirits & cocktails
  • ISBN: 9780762448654

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Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle is a slim volume that is part mixed drink recipe book and part literary criticism.Each drink is both named for and inspired by a famous book. For book lovers who don't or can't drink alcohol, there is a section of alcohol free drinks and a section on some literary inspired snacks.It was a fun book, something I sipped over the course of three nights of reading before bed. As yet, though, I haven't actually tried any of the recipes. Oops! But I do plan to.

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Literary lush alert! I love a good cocktail allllmost as much as I love a good book, so this selection seemed perfect for me. English major? Check. Cocktail enthusiast? Check. Chortler at a terrible pun? Check!!!The former barista in me still gets a thrill whenever I create a concoction (alcoholic or non) that makes my guests stop and say, “Wow, this is good. What’s in this?” Now I’ve got a bevy of beverages to attempt, and I cannot wait until my living room is finished so I can stock my liquor cabinet. (Our liquor cabinet is actually an antique medical cabinet. Get it? It’s like…modern medicine! Silly, I know, but it amuses us.)Okay, back to the book. Tequlia Mockingbird deals with classics, but not in an overly highbrow way, which I appreciated. I mean, I’ve read many-to-most of the books featured here, and they’re serious works. (Well, most. There are entries for children’s books and chick lit, after all.) But Tim Federle manages to make the summaries move breezily with some remarkably clever plays on words and literary quips.The cocktails are mainly variations on the staples, which I’m sure you can guess from names like “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita” and “The Joy of Sex on the Beach.” There are a few that I’ve never heard of or tried as well, though, and they sound delicious. I’m especially jazzed to try “Frangelico and Zooey,” and not just because the Glass family is one of my top five literary families. The drink sounds excellent.Not only is this book clever and quirky and mouth-watering, it’s easy on the eyes as well. Printed in chocolate- and rust-colored ink, it features artwork by Lauren Mortimer that is simultaneously witty and gorgeous. I especially enjoyed the illustration for “Paradise Sauced” (an apple martini), which substitutes a martini glass for the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, with a snake wrapped around the stem.All in all: I had high hopes for this book, and it delivered. Entertaining, attractive, and useful, it’s the whole package. It would make a great gift for an English major. (I would have loved to receive this as a gift, but nobody picked up on the hints I was dropping, so I went out and bought it for myself…and I’m so glad I did!)

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Arianna bought this for my birthday and I LOVE it! Each drink is named so cleverly, I haven't made any of the cocktails as of yet but I think ShelfNotes will be doing drink pairings from this book when we venture into the cookbook reviews we plan on doing. Stay tuned!

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"Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita"--lol, love that one! A great cookbook to have on hand for book group refreshments, literary-themed parties, and just anytime! Non-alcohol recipes included. Some to try: Pat the Tummy, Rip van Drinkle, Cherry Poppins, Love in the Time of Kahlua, Pear the Wild Things Are.