What to Booze While You Peruse, Part 2

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on January 19, 2011

In Part One, we checked out what to booze based on the subject matter of our favorite books. This time we look to the sources themselves – the alcohol-soaked minds of some of the greatest writers of our time.

From Williams to Wilde, align your (drinking) loyalties to the writers you love the most. Hopefully you like whiskey.

Naked Lunch and Vodka Coke
Naked Lunch burroughs
There is no you could possible read NL and not wish you were drunk (or other things…). Make it into a drinking game: every time you attempt to tie each vignette together, take a swig of your vodka coke. Burroughs probably wrote NL as a drinking game, so really, it’s like you’re supposed to.

Recipe: Open a can of coke. Drink half. Fill to top with vodka. For extra jollies, try CHERRY COKE or VANILLA COKE or DIET COKE WITH LIME!

The Portable Dorothy Parker and Whiskey Sour

Portable dorothy parker
There is nothing more divine than a woman who swills whiskey whilst cracking witticisms. Granted Dorothy didn’t seem to have the best of life’s luck (thus the whiskey) but, hey! Your sorrows are easily handled by a good night’s sleep, a splash of sour mix and a tipsy recitation of Sophisticated Poetry – And the Hell with It.

Recipe: You’re above that pre-mixed sour sludge. For the real deal, blend whiskey with lemon juice and a bit of powdered sugar.

The Purloined Letter and Straight Whiskey

Purloined letter by edgar allen poe
Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida used TPL to present their opposing philosophies concerning desire: structuralist versus deconstructionist. Take a few swigs, call yourself Jacques and come up with your own interpretation.

Recipe: Open the bottle.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Chivas Regal

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas by thompson
It’s Hunter S. Thompson. Need I say more?

Recipe: Open the bottle and poor into a tumbler.

Picture of Dorian Gary and Absinthe

Picture of dorian gray by wilde
It is a well known fact that the more absinthe you drink, the younger you look.

Granted your insides are all shrivelly and your liver looks like a dried out sea cucumber. But you, m’dear, look great.

Recipe: Get yourself one of those fancy absinthe spoons and light that sucker on fire. Then douse in cold water. Then drink, you crazy fool.

Hard Candy and a Ramos Fizz
Hard candy by williams
You’ll have a few problems trying to find a bar that serves a Ramos Fizz outside of the Deep South, so if you are looking for a tribute to Williams (or to Mardi Gras) start perfecting your whipped whites now.

Recipe: Gin, cream, egg whites, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and a couple drops of orange flower water. Top off with seltzer water. Sounds gross. It sort of is…

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and a Bloody Mary
What we talk about by raymond carver
Tread carefully: Carver fell prey to the spicy bite of the Bloody Mary alongside John Cheever (and others, I’m sure). And while they are usually associated with ritzy morning brunches and Ivy League tailgates, the down-and-out can appreciate a tomato-based beverage like the rest of ’em.

Recipe: You can basically mix together anything you want (I once had a Bloody Mary with blue cheese in it) so long as it includes at least: vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco, beef boullion, celery, horseradish, lemon, salt, and pepper. And cayenne pepper. And maybe an olive or two.

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