Cocktails from Tom Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist


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Tim Federle is a word nerd, cocktail enthusiast, and author. His latest book is a cocktail book for English majors, Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist. Bookworms everywhere are destined to become life of the party!

Tim’s book is a fun gift for  book club members!  It features 65 clever drinks—from Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita to The Last of the Mojitos—and  includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.

Enjoy Crime and Punish-Mint, Orange Julius Caesar and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Breeze from the book.

Cheers!

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Crime and Punish-Mint

Crime and Punishment (1866)

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

When the lead character compares himself favorably to Napoleon, you turn off the laugh track on page one. New readers of Crime and Punishment—the tortured tale of a man who feels destined to murder a pawnbroker and then redistribute the wealth—might think they’re tuning in for a literary Law & Order. Those readers are wrong. Crime? Sure! But punishment? Forget primetime courtroom scenes, because the only punishment here is the murderer’s life sentence of guilt. Pair Russia’s homeland brew—vodka, baby!—with just enough caffeine to give you the shakes. The mint should calm your nerves before you do anything too crazy.

1 ½ ounces vodka
½ ounce coffee liqueur
½ ounce crème de menthe liqueur
Light cream, to fill

Pour the vodka and liqueurs over ice in a rocks glass. Fill to the top with light cream—or heavy. Hey, you only live once.

Orange Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar (Circa 1599)

By William Shakespeare

Friends, Romans, upperclassmen: with pals like this, who needs enemies? Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar reads like a luxuriantly extended definition of the word “backstabber,” as the title character’s rise in power inspires those closest to him to plot his assassination. Though Caesar gets top billing, he actually appears in only a handful of scenes; the real star here is Marcus Brutus, proving that sometimes a secondary player can walk away with the show. Sneak a little mother’s milk into an old-fashioned breakfast recipe—and trust us (no, really, you can trust us), the result is pretty killer.

3 ounces orange juice
2 ounces milk
1 ½ ounces light rum
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Have your closest frenemy load all the ingredients, plus a handful of ice, into your blender. Only after he removes his fingers, get whirring. Serve in a Collins glass.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Breeze

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

By Jules Verne

Translated, adapted, sometimes even copied (see: Finding Nemo, among others), this dazzling adventure by Jules Verne, the French father of science fiction, was shockingly prescient in its depiction of future underwater technologies. A time-tested tale of “Boy meets fish, fish turns out to be secret submarine, submarine never lets boy leave because now he knows too much,” Twenty Thousand Leagues sends readers into chilly ocean depths, where they meet eccentric scientists, memorable sea monsters, and one very unforgiving whirlpool. Swirl up your grandfather’s Sea Breeze recipe with a little carbonation—and settle old scores by serving this one with calamari.

1 ½ ounces vodka
2 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces cranberry juice
1 (12-ounce) can club soda

Combine the vodka and juices over ice in a highball glass, and fill to the top with the club soda. Drink slowly to avoid the bends—and come up for air every now and then, diver boy.


What's Needed:

 

Crime and Punish-Mint
1 ½ ounces vodka
½ ounce coffee liqueur
½ ounce crème de menthe liqueur
Light cream, to fill

Orange Julius Caesar
3 ounces orange juice
2 ounces milk
1 ½ ounces light rum
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Breeze
1 ½ ounces vodka
2 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces cranberry juice
1 (12-ounce) can club soda

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