The 5 Best Cocktails Inspired by Classic Literature

It’s Friday night and time to mix yourself up a juicy cocktail! But what to drink? Why not try these 5 literary-inspired cocktails? Compliments of Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle?

1. The Cooler Purple

Not only is this delicious fruity concoction perfect for summer, but its based off of one of the most powerful novels of all time – “The Color Purple”, winner of The National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize (not to mention the inspiration for a darn good movie as well). This drink is full of light, complex fruity flavors and is sure to get you in the mood for hot summer nights ahead. To make this simple yet yummy drink, just follow the instructions below:


  • 1/2 ounce blackberry liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake it salt shaker. Strain into a large shot glass or martini glass. If you’re like me, double the recipe and pour into a large glass. Garnish with mint and blackberries if desired (trust me, you desire it).

The Cooler Purple
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2. Vermouth The Bell Tolls

This stout cocktail is much like its namesake — For Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway — not for the faint of heart. A manly blend of sherry, bitters and vermouth, this classically inspired cocktail is one that is sure to get your Friday night going in the most interesting of  ways. We guarantee that after a few of these cocktails, your story telling ability will become a thing of legend (maybe…possibly…).


  • 2 ounces of sherry
  • 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
  • Dash of Peychaud’s bitters

Combine the sherry and vermouth in a glass over ice. Stir well and add bitters.

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Image Credit: Google Images

3. Gone With the Wine

Now this one is a bit bigger, and is ideal for a “girls night in”. Just like the southern Belle star of this cocktail’s namesake, Scarlett O’Hara, this is a bevvy this sweet and sour drink  is one that is both classic and classy, and sure to make you the talk of the next Friday night book club meeting. WARNING: THIS RECIPE MAKES 6 OR SO DRINKS. USE RESPONSIBLY.


  • 1 bottle of red wine of choice
  • 2 ounces of peach brandy
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 peach, chopped into cubes
  • 1 orange, cut into bite sized wedges
  • 2.5 cups of ginger ale

Pour the wine, brandy, sugar and fruits into a large pitcher and stir altogether. Place in refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, top with ginger ale and serve over ice. Perfect for those summer nights down south.

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Image Credit: Google Images

4. Pear the Wild Things Are

This one is a lovely PG option for all those out there who are either not old enough to drink, or prefer not to partake in the auld pastime. This fruity and refreshing concoction is inspired by Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s classic, Where the Wild Things Are, and while it might not make you “wild”, it’s sure to give your spirits a fruity little boost on Friday night.


  • 4 ounces of pear juice
  • 2 ounces of lemonade
  • 2 ounces of ginger ale

Mix the pear juice and lemonade in a short glass with ice, then top with ginger ale. Garnish with fresh pear slices if desired (trust me, you desire it). Take a sip. Ahhh. You feel that? Heaven in a glass.

Image Credit: Google Images
Image Credit: Google Images

5. Midsummer Night’s Beam

The last cocktail we’re bringing you tonight is one we recommend if you are really looking to kick your Friday night up a notch. This drink is inspired by none other than William Shakespeare’s own, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We’re going to warn you now, if you aren’t a fan of American bourbon then this might not be the drink for you. We might also be judging you a little bit as well. (Kidding…we’re not. Sort of.)


  • 8 sprigs of fresh mint (washed)
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces of bourbon (like Jim Beam)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of club soda.

Muddle the mint, lime juice and sugar together in a short glass. Add ice and bourbon, then top with club soda. This is just like an upgraded mojito, so if you’re a fan of classic cocktails (like we are) we think you’re going to be adding this one to your list of “favorites”.  Perfect for sipping on those summertime Friday nights.

The 5 Best Cocktails Inspired by Classic Books
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Like what you’ve seen here? Tried one of these tasty cocktails and loved it? Then we recommend you head on over to purchase the full book, Tequila Mockingbird, by Tim Federle. All cocktails, recipes and titles come complements of this must have drinking bible for every writer. Includes tonnes more recipes, as well as fun games and treats. You can find Tim’s book here.

Tried these cocktails? Love them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments below!

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