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For the drink

  • 1 1/2 Ounce High West Double Rye
  • 1/2 Ounce grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 Ounces dill liquor
  • Barspoon Kubler Absinthe
  • 2 dashes Bar Keep Swedish Herb Bitter

For the dill liquor

  • 1 Tablespoon white pepper
  • 65 Grams fresh dill
  • vodka
  • simple syrup or cane syrup to taste


For the drink

Build all ingredients in glass with ice. Top with Fever Tree tonic and garnish with fresh dill.

For the dill liquor

Steep the white pepper and fresh dill in 80-proof vodka for 2 weeks. Strain, pressing dill to extract flavor. Add simple syrup or cane syrup for desired sweetness.

25 Brilliant and Literary-Inspired Mixed Drinks

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25 Brilliant & Literary-Inspired Mixed Drinks

Plenty of authors throughout history have drawn inspiration (or consolation, as it may be) from a bottle, and as such, there is no shortage of cocktails, concoctions, and libations that can be related to great books and their authors. Whether you're hosting a literary-themed party or just want to drink like your favorite author while you read one of his or her works, you certainly won't thirst for options (pun very much intended) when you read through this list of literary-inspired mixed-drinks. You'll find an assortment of titular puns, tributes to authors, and even a few favorites drawn from the lives of famous authors themselves to help you find the perfect bibliophile beverage.

The Sir Walter Scott

Historical novelist, playwright, and poet Sir Walter Scott was a Scottish patriot through and through, so we're not quite sure what this Hennessy-based (a French cognac) drink has to do with him. But it sure does sound good, mixing cognac, rum, triple sec, grenadine, and lime juice.

The Longfellow

The American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is commemorated in this fresh and fruity drink, which blends tequila, cucumber, cilantro, and pineapple juice, a delicious mixture that is no divine tragedy.

The Gryffindor

Potter fans (at least those over 21) can indulge their booze tooth in this elaborate, color-themed cocktail. This very fruity drink is composed of cranberry juice and orange juice with just a dash of raspberry liqueur, topped with a cherry and a twist of orange peel.

The Catcher in the Rye

Break out the rye whiskey to put together this Salinger-themed drink that blends a solid whiskey with sherry, Grand Marnier, Torani Amer, and bitters. For a twist on the recipe, use vanilla-infused Angostura instead of the bitters.

Gin Fitzey

The favorite drink of author and noted booze connoisseur F. Scott Fitzgerald is the Gin Rickey (which Fitzgerald apparently liked because he believed gin couldn't be smelled on his breath … yeah right), which we prefer to call by the much more endearing name of the Gin Fitzey. To make it, you'll need gin, lime juice, club soda, and lime wedges. If that's not your style, you can also try to whip up a Great Gatsby.

McCullers' Long Island

Inspired by Carson McCullers' favorite drink, a concoction of tea and sherry that she drank throughout the day (often claiming it was only tea), this notoriously strong drink, when made right also gives the impression that it's just a simple, non-offensive tea. That is, until you wind up under the table. It blends no less than five different types of alcohol to pack a potent punch.

Chandler's Gimlet

One of the best-known stories about Raymond Chandler relates to his writing of the movie The Blue Dahlia, in which he purposely relapsed into alcoholism in order to break through his terrible writer's block and finish the script. You can drink to his insane dedication to writing (or his intense desire for a drink) by whipping up one of his favorites, the Gimlet.

Pisco Sour

Can't get enough of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's? Take inspiration from the book, and Holly Golightly's epic parties, to mix up this drink, made of pisco, lemon juice, sugar, egg white, and bitters.

Smoking Bishop

At the end of A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge declares, "We will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob!" So what the heck is smoking bishop? It's a type of hot, spiced wine, perfect for winter reading. Follow Charles Dickens' recipe to get it just right.

The Tristram Shandy

This punny name combines the classic shandy, made of beer and lemonade (or a citrusy soda), with the classic novel by Laurence Sterne. It might just inspire you to pen a tale, though hopefully a less long-winded one, about your own life story.

Margarita Atwood

We're not sure if author Margaret Atwood enjoys the occasional margarita, but it doesn't matter when her name fits so perfectly into this drink name. While the recipe we've linked takes a humorous view of a Margarita Atwood, you can find a more serious recipe here.

Turn of the Screwdriver

In Henry James' novella, Turn of the Screw, a young governess is tortured by seemingly supernatural figures, though the exact meaning and nature of her visions is never explained by the book. Whatever the case, this take on the classic screwdriver will help you to stave off any nightmares you might have after reading this (possible) ghost story.

Bloody Stephen

Many of Stephen King's novels are filled with bloody scenes, including, most notably, The Shining and Carrie, so it's only natural that a King-inspired drink would be blood red. Follow this very simple recipe from The New Yorker to enjoy a spooky evening at home.

Stinging Rabbit

John Updike's character Rabbit had a passion for Stingers, and you just might develop one too after making one at home. The recipe is incredibly simple, calling only for vodka and creme de menthe.

Wilde About Absinthe

Oscar Wilde wasn't shy about his enjoyment of this oft-maligned drink, once saying, "The first stage is like ordinary drinking, the second when you begin to see monstrous and cruel things, but if you can persevere you will enter in upon the third stage where you see things that you want to see, wonderful curious things." Absinthe has only recently become legal in the US, so now even Americans can enjoy a delicious cocktail like these from Epicurious.

Bukowski Boilermaker

Crude, rough-edged, and more often than not on a bender, Charles Bukowski more than likely wasn't an easy person to know, but he is an easy person to imitate when it comes to boozing it up. His favorite drink was a Boilermaker, which is quite simply a lager beer and a short of whiskey, either mixed in the glass or after putting both down the hatch.


Anne Sexton had an unabashed love of a good martini, and the famous drink even made it into her personal letters more than a few times as you can see from the link here. So, get a high-quality gin (no vodka, that's cocktail sacrilege), some extra dry vermouth, and some olives to make yourself a Sexton-worthy martini.

Whiskey and Whiskey

Dylan Thomas met his untimely demise at the bottom of a glass of whiskey, or more accurately, at the bottom of 18 glasses of whiskey. While it is perhaps uncouth to make light of this uncontrolled alcoholism, think of this drink, whiskey on the rocks with a shot of whiskey on the side, as paying tribute to the author instead.

Dorothy Parker Sour

Despite being an alcoholic, Dorothy Parker managed to have a pretty darn successful writing career, and one of her favorite drinks (sometimes even serving as her breakfast) was the whiskey sour. If you'd like to sample the iconic drink, combine whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar, serving with a lemon wedge and a cherry.

Tennessee Fizz

Tennessee Williams is one of America's best known and most celebrated playwrights, and he also enjoyed a good drink now and again. His drink of choice was a Ramos Fizz, a blend of dry gin, heavy cream, egg white, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar, and orange flower water.

Gibson O'Neill

Nobel Laureate Eugene O'Neill was no slouch when it came to writing nor when it came to drinking. He was known to head to the Garden Hotel in New York to get one of these classic cocktails, a blend of gin, dry vermouth, and cocktail onions, which O'Neill often spruced up with a splash of club soda.

Old Fashioned Anderson

Sherwood Anderson's writing influenced such big names as Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald, and his propensity for drink may have been passed down as well. Anderson favored the Old Fashioned, a blend of whiskey, club soda, bitters, and sugar.

Hangman's Blood

This cocktail has several literary ties, first being described in Richard Hughes' novel A High Wind in Jamaica as a blend of rum, gin, brandy, and port that "has the property of increasing rather than allaying thirst, and so once it has made a breach, soon demolishes the whole fort." It would eventually become a favorite of novelist Anthony Burgess, who added in a few more types of alcohol for good measure (whiskey, stout, and champagne) to create a brew that would certainly give anyone enough liquid courage to be a hangman.

Jam Cocktails

Happy Hour is my jam (pun intended). Using high quality fruit preserves in your cocktails is a fun way to add a complex fruity flavor. In most recipes, jam can be easily swapped out for simple syrup or muddled fresh/frozen fruit. Even better is that you can use whatever you have on hand at home to make a completely customizable drink! Below, I will share a few of my favorite recipes, but you can adjust this formula for your own creations:

  • 2 part liquor (vodka, bourbon, tequila or gin)
  • 1 part lemon or lime juice
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons preserves
  • Optional: 1 part liqueur (triple sec, elderflower/St. Germain, or brandy)

Shake with ice, strain and serve over ice. Optional: top with ginger beer, tonic, or prosecco for a fizzy spritzer.

My ABSOLUTE favorite cocktail right now is a twist on Half-baked Harvest's Cherry Bourbon Smash. I have tried it with both Cherry Preservers and Very Berry. I just love cherry because it is tart and not too sweet.

I have also enjoyed this Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita! Pick up some peach salsa and you will be ready to wow your family on Cinco de Mayo!

Non-Alcoholic Spritzer

You can easily adopt any of these cocktail recipes to be non-alcoholic! A little trick I have learned is to add a splash more juice to up the flavor when omitting the booze.

My daughter loves this "pink" drink of Very Berry Preserves, citrus juice, and sparkling water!

10 Funny Food Puns to Brighten Your Day

Every once in a while, someone says something truly amazing that you just can't seem to get out of your head. After all, who doesn't appreciate witticism? And whether or not you're a fan of word play, puns are inescapable. To pun is to use homonyms as synonyms, words that sound alike but have a different meaning. Simply put, a pun is a play on words used for a humorous effect. (11 Wine Labels with a Sense of Humour)

The coming together of everyone's two favorite things - food and humour is indeed like having your cake and eating it too. Let's just say, if you donut understand food puns, there's no whey forward! Ok, I may have gotten a bit carried away, but if you're a true blue foodie with a sense of humor, you can't help but crack. 10 food puns that will put a smile on your dial just like a blob of butter melting into hot toast does. (15 Hilarious Shop & Restaurant Names)

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Bring the British Virgin Islands to you with this Tiki classic. Rum, pineapple and orange juices, and cream of coconut are all you need to conjure up visions of white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Don’t forget to top it all off with grated nutmeg and a pineapple wedge for true tropical appeal.

Layer cherry juice, vodka then Tabasco over ice.

  • .5 oz. orange vodka
  • 2 oz. Crown Royal® Canadian whisky
  • 3 oz. ginger ale
  • 1.5 oz. orange juice
  • 1.5 oz. cranberry juice

Add all but ginger ale to cocktail shaker filled with ice shake and strain. Pour over ice then fill glass with ginger ale.


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  • 50ml gin
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • Sugar syrup
  • Champagne
  • Cocktail cherry
  • Lemon peel
  • Ice


  1. Add the lemon, sugar syrup and gin to an ice-filled shaker.
  2. Shake for about 15 seconds until chilled.
  3. Strain into a champagne flute.
  4. Top with champagne.
  5. Stir gently, garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral and a cocktail cherry.

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Federle was born in Northern California, but moved away shortly with what he calls “the only family to willingly move away from San Francisco to Pittsburgh.” He went to New York to be a performer—his first job ever in the city was as a polar bear in the Radio City Christmas spectacular—and danced in shows throughout his 20s. He also worked as part of the choreography team on Billy Elliot.

As he turned 30, however, Federle decided he had done all he could and should on stage. The next step, as he saw it, was to take his sense of humor and channel it into a new project. That project was Better Nate Than Ever.

The award-winning book, now in its seventh printing after positive citations from The New York Times and Slate, tells the story of a 13-year-old Broadway devotee stuck in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and dying to get out. Nate is “autobiographical,” Federle says, and it’s easy to see so much of Federle in his protagonist both author and avatar are quick with a quip and positive without being smarmy. There’s darkness in Nate’s life—anti-gay bullying, a difficult home life—but he remains upbeat.

“I think a lot of comedy comes out of oppression,” Federle says of both Nate and his other books (including a sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!). “For me, what I pushed against was being this gay kid in the middle of the Midwest who didn't feel like he fit in anywhere. So my way of fighting back—because I was the shortest and the scrawniest—was to tell jokes.” Something he’s quick to prove, adding, “And then become friends with the football players' girlfriends.”

After Nate, his next book was Tequila Mockingbird, which he describes as “literary cocktails for the Anthropologie crowd.” Filled with drinks like One Hundred Beers of Solitude and Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita, the book manages the novelty-literature equivalent of a home run: both humorous and helpful, to the tune of over a hundred thousand copies in print after less than two years.

Paired with illustrations by Eda Kaban, Federle's recipes include his version of the nursery rhyme, plus the drink ingredients and instructions. (Illustration: Eda Kaban Photo: Matt Roeser)

Federle worked with a mixologist both on Tequila and Hickory, to add what he calls “polish” to his existing inclination toward a good cocktail. As for the names, Federle's process seems simple: He compares two lists, one of famous drinks and the other of the works he's referencing. But when it involves giant Excel spreadsheets of possible ideas, it looks quite a bit more daunting. Add to that challenge Federle’s insistence on prioritizing story over simple gags—or, as he puts it, avoiding the “blog version of my books … just a funny pun, but [without] connecting to a story at all.”

The issue of narrative came up while writing Hickory Daiquiri Dock, both in selecting the right rhymes and getting the right images. (Those pictures, illustrated by Eda Kaban, serve as a fabulous counterpoint to Federle’s writing in the final product.)

“Itsy Tipsy Spider was one I really wanted to do, but what I realized about the narrative for this book was that I really wanted it to be about humans,” he explains. “There was also an early iteration of the book where the mom with the babies in the tub was, like, a bear with babies, and I was like, no, we shouldn't illustrate a bear. That's not who this audience is. We're not selling to bears.” (Again, he adds a quip: “Only in San Francisco.”)

As we talk, Federle teaches me how to make two drinks: the aforementioned Humpty Drunky, and another called the Rum-a-Dub-Dub. The former, a smoky cocktail, involves a cold shaker and a valiant but futile attempt on my part to crack an egg. The latter he makes independently, and if it’s because he had no faith in my cocktail-concocting prowess after the first attempt, he doesn’t show it.

The Rum-a-Dub-Dub

“My challenge is to take something like 'Rum-a-Dub-Dub' … and actually make it part of the story. So the thing that takes it from [being] a blog post and actually makes it a book, I think, is saying, 'The story element is that you need a hot bath, or bathtime with kids.’”

For the record: His Rum-a-Dub-Dub tastes far better than my Humpty Drunky, so the first lesson I learn from the experience is "leave it to the master." But as we make both, I learn the second by realizing what Federle means when he talks about his books as communal experiences, be they at book clubs or for new parents. Sharing laughs while making drinks is truly that kind of experience, and these books facilitate that.

Hickory Daiquiri Dock was fueled by the birth of Federle’s nephew Sam, as well as by his brother’s drinking and relaxation post-birth. In the baby industry, marketers value and push “the joy and the triumph and the miracle of babies,” he says. “But there's also this unspoken agreement and thing amongst parents themselves, which is: It's fucking hard.”

That’s what makes books like Federle’s and Go the Fuck to Sleep valuable: They’re breaking down a social norm. Little Golden Books are sweet and lovely, so a cocktail recipe book for new parents bound in the same fashion gets readers laughing before they even crack it open. They’re also relatable, adding to that idea of community by letting parent readers know they’re not alone.

“Gone are the days of trying to show that you've got it all, and you've got dinner on the table at 5 p.m., and you're still having sex with your husband two weeks after giving birth, and your kids gets into preschool first,” as Federle puts it. “I think we're just being more honest these days … These types of books are sending up a norm that was actually never even normal, and no one was ever happy with it.”

It’s easy to identify with the stories in Hickory and Tequila because, as Federle notes, readers can have a sense of connection even to the jokes themselves. “The number one comment I get when people hear I wrote Tequila Mockingbird is they go, 'I thought of that pun 20 years ago!' And I go, 'Well, yeah, but I wrote the book.' So I really appreciate that I'm not the first person to think of it,” he says with a laugh. “I'm just such a big dork that I made it my job.”

That job isn’t ending any time soon. His third installment in the cocktail recipe series, tentatively titled Gone With the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist, is due fall of next year. (Sample drink names he’s considering: Do the Rye Thing, Dirty Harry Martini, and No Country for Old Fashioneds.) Before Gone, he’s publishing his children’s book with Disney in the spring, a young-adult book in 2016, and he’s working on adapting Better Nate Than Ever for the screen.

Though the form may change and new projects may come and go, Federle says what he loves most are his highly contemporary readers. While he admits writing can be a “solitary act,” he loves simply being able to search #TequilaMockingbird on Instagram to see his audience. “You see that people are getting your book for their 21st birthday in London … It blows my mind,” he says.

Books are quite a bit more lasting than theater can be, too—and said permanence is one of the big reasons he says he’s in the writing business for good. But even if he does someday change the precise form of his career again, his work will remain the same: telling stories. And jokes, of course.

“All I'm doing now is the same thing I did when I was in middle school and I was being sent to the principal's office, because I was always telling jokes in the back of the room. And when I was in Broadway shows, stage management would call me out and say 'you have to stop fooling around on stage,'” he added. “Now, I fool around for a living. But that's my living.”

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