It was a dark and stormy night when I cracked open the Tanqueray. The smell of gin, and desperation, filled the kitchen — another gin and tonic? Oh! The horror!
Slowly I turned the cover of “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist” (Running Press, $15). Step by step I worked my way through a couple of its recipes.
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Heart of Dark Mist
Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ (1899)
1 1/2 ounces blackberry liqueur
1/2 ounce gin
1/2 ounce lemon juice
As quickly as possible — the guests need you in the living room, and for the love of God when did the music stop playing? — shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Brave New Swirled
Inspired by Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ (1932)
1 ounce vodka
1 cup seedless watermelon, chopped into coarse cubes
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 ounce melon liqueur
Add the vodka, watermelon, lemon juice, sugar and a handful of ice to a blender, running until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass and float the liqueur on top. No matter your political leanings, one gulp of this and you’ll be more than brave enough to fight The Man.
Source: “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist” by Tim Federle