Write Drunk, Edit Sober: Your Favorite Writer’s Favorite Cocktails

September 17, 2016

write drunk edit sober literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

 

Surely you’ve caught yourself imaging what it would be like to spend an afternoon in a cantina with Ernest Hemingway, or to go pint-for-pint with Hunter S. Thompson in a Las Vegas dive bar. Though some of your favourite authors are now spoken of in the past tense, their works have become their legacy. But in their time, while they were living the life that would later define the dash between two dates in a lengthy obituary, their reputation (and behavior) made them infamous.

What better way to celebrate the memory of great artist than raising a glass of the very same cocktail responsible for nights worth writing about?
We’ve compiled the recipes of 10 cocktails as strong as the personalities they attracted, for you to discover and toast your favourite authors.

 

 

ernest hemingway literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” —For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1940

 

Ernest Hemingway: Mojito

1.25 oz Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
12 mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar
0.5 oz lime juice
2 oz soda

 

Place mint leaves in bottom of glass
Add crushed ice, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, sugar, and lime juice
Muddle ingredients together
Add soda water and garnish with mint leaves.

 

 

Charles Bukowski

“Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn’t become obvious yourself.” —Ham on Rye, 1982

 

Charles Bukowski: Boilermaker

2 oz whiskey
10 oz beer

 

Fill shot glass with whiskey
Drop full shot glass into a glass of beer
Drink Immediately

 

 

 

edgar allan allen poe literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”

 

Edgar Allan Poe: Sazerac

1 tsp Ricard® pastis
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
2 dashes Peychaud® bitters
1 tsp water
2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 twist lemon peel

 

Pour Ricard into a glass and swirl around to coat the glass; discard any excess (known as a “wash”)
Place the sugar, Peychaud bitters, and water into the glass and muddle with the back of a teaspoon
Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice cubes, pour the bourbon over the ice cubes.
Add a twist of lemon peel for garnish, and serve

 

 

 

Hunter S. Thompson Greyhound literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

It is unsettling to know that one out of every twenty people you meet on Xmas will be dead this time next year… Some people can accept this, and some can’t. That is why God made whiskey, and also why Wild Turkey comes in $300 shaped canisters during most of the Christmas season.” –Fear and Loathing in Elko, 1992

 

Hunter S. Thompson: Greyhound

1 1/2 oz gin
5 oz grapefruit juice

Pour ingredients into a highball glass over ice cubes
Stir well and serve

 

Jack Kerouac: Margarita literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

“Don’t drink to get drunk, drink to enjoy life”

 

Jack Kerouac: Margarita

2 oz Reposado or Silver Tequila
1 oz Agave Nectar
1 oz Lime Juice
1 lime wheel

Shake ingredients with ice (leave lemon aside
Strain into rocks glass
Garnish with lime wheel

 

 

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Gin Rickey literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Gin Rickey

1 1/2 oz gin
juice of 1/2 limes
carbonated water
1 lime wedge

 

Pour juice of lime and gin into a highball glass over ice cubes
Fill with carbonated water and stir
Add the wedge of lime, and serve

 

 

 

“Shaken, not stirred.” –Diamonds are Forever, 1956

 

Ian Fleming: Vesper Martini

3 Gordon’s® gin
1 part vodka
1/2 dry vermouth
1 lemon peel

 

Add ice cubes to a Cocktail/Martini glass, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Leave it like this, until the glass has a frosty outside.
In the meantime, add ice to a shaker, with the above measured ingredients. Shake over ice until cold.
Empty serving glass and filter the mix from the shaker into the glass.

Put a curled lemon peel, of about 3 millimeters wide onto the bottom of the glass, in the drink

*The cocktail should appear extremely clear and bright, almost like glass

 

 

 

raymon carver bloody mary literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

“Drinking’s funny. When I look back on it, all of our important decisions have been figured out when we were drinking. Even when we talked about having to cut back on drinking, we’d be sitting at the kitchen table or out at the picnic table with a six-pack or whiskey.” –What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, 1981

Raymond Carver: Bloody Mary

1 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
3 oz tomato juice
2 red hot sauce
2 green hot sauce
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
0.5 oz lemon juice
1 pinch salt
1 pinch peppers
1 stalk celery

 

Combine ingredients (leave celery aside)
Pour back and forth between two mixing glasses
Strain into an ice-filled highball glass
Garnish with celery stalk

 

 

 

Raymond Chandler: Gimlet literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

“I’m an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.” –The Big Sleep, 1939 


Raymond Chandler: Gimlet

1.25 oz Tanqueray® gin
1 oz Rose’s® lime juice
1 lime wheel

 

Pour gin and lime juice into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes
Stir well
Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lime wheel

 

 

 

John Cheever: Rusty Nail literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

“The excitement of alcohol and the excitement of fantasy are very similar.”

 

John Cheever: Rusty Nail

1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
1/2 oz Drambuie® Scotch whisky
1 twist lemon peel

Pour the scotch and drambuie into an old-fashioned glass almost filled with ice cube
Stir well
Garnish with a twist of  lemon

 

 

 

Dashiell Hammett: Martini literary writer author post-modern post modern literature 20th century poet favorite favourite cocktail mixed drink recipe instructions

“I distrust a man who says ‘when’. If he’s got to be careful not to drink too much, it’s because he’s not to be trusted when he does.” Maltese Falcon, 1929

 

Dashiell Hammett: Martini

1 oz Dry Vermouth
4 oz Gin
1 Olive

Fill shaker with ice to chill
“Wash” the martini glass with Dry Vermouth
Strain water from shaker and add Gin
Stir briskly for aprox 10 seconds
Strain into glass, garish with peared olive

 

 

Cheers!

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