Books & Booze: a seminar

Okay, so that’s not the actual name of the seminar I recently attended. The real name was “Three Sheets to the Wind: Cocktails in Literature.” This fascinating talk, presented by University of Rochester professor Nora Rubel and mixologist/English teacher Evvy Fanning, was part of Rochester Cocktail Revival 2015. Here’s the seminar description from the RCR website: “How closely is alcohol linked to genius? Would we have The Sun Also Rises or The Movable Feast without the daiquiri, and would Gatsby adore Daisy if he had fewer mint juleps? The watering hole in The Clockwork Orange serves Moloko-Plus – try it. And what about the unfortunate characters born before cocktails – what would Hamlet drink? Sample all of the literary cocktails before choosing your favorite.”

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Nora and Evvy took turns introducing various cocktails, giving an appropriate literary context for each drink. We then got to enjoy samples 🙂

Hemingway daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri

The Vesper, from Casino Royale

The Vesper, from Casino Royale

"My Pinn" from Lolita

“My Pinn” from Lolita

What would Hamlet drink, if cocktails had been invented in his time? A Negroni, of course!

What would Hamlet drink, if cocktails had been invented in his time? A Negroni, of course!

The Missouri Rattlesnake, inspired by Gone Girl. Yes, it has a twist.

The Missouri Rattlesnake, inspired by Gone Girl. Yes, it has a hidden twist.

What’s your favorite book/cocktail pairing?

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8 Responses to Books & Booze: a seminar

  1. Interesting seminar and the samples were a plus.

    Red wine and The Age of Innocence.

  2. What a great idea for a talk! I love the look of the Vesper. Would love to try that one! I once went on a literary tour of Dublin, but there were no cocktails. It mainly involved sitting in pubs drinking Guinness. (There are a lot of pubs in Dublin. As you can imagine, I can’t remember too much about it 🙂 ) Thanks for sharing the talk. Wish I could have gone to it!

  3. J.Q. Rose says:

    What a clever idea for a presentation AND the refreshments were included!! Sorry I’m not a cocktail drinker, so I can’t add my choice. Another topic someday would be if Hemingway, the Beatles, and lots of creative people didn’t drink or do drugs, would they have produced all their brilliant works? or even better brilliant works?

  4. Eric Price says:

    How about Jack Torrence from The Shining and, well, anything.

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