Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How To Drink Like Your Favorite Writer

Quirk Books comes through again with bookish news for bookish people. This article is need-to-know information! Personally, I would have pegged Hemingway as more of a whiskey sour kind of guy. But, hey, absinth and champaign works too. And, of course, Fitzgerald is all about the gin, especially on sweltering hot, late summer afternoons on Long Island . . .

The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer....The straw seats of the car hovered on the edge of combustion; the woman next to me perspired delicately for a while into her white shirtwaist, and then, as her newspaper dampened under her fingers, lapsed despairingly into deep heat with a desolate cry. pg109

The room, shadowed well with awnings, was dark and cool. Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing of the breeze of fans.
"We can't move," they said together. pg110

With a reluctant backward glance the well-disciplined child held to her nurse's hand and was pulled out the door, just as Tom came back, preceding four gin rickeys that clicked full of ice.
Gatsby took up his drink.
"They certainly look cool," he said, with visible tension.
We drank in long greedy swallows. pg112

The Great Gatsby


Beth said...

Contrary to the cottage video, I’m not much of a drinker but if I was, I’d be the William Faulkner type – a mint julep sounds appealing!

Great link - great article.

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I love this. I'm not sure if it was the title or the photo the drew me in more for this post.

Trish said...

Beth - Mint julep sounds like it would be lovely sipped under the pines by the lake (no one's counting, though. Promise!)

Crowe - The article caught my attention because I'd just finished reading Fitzgerald and needed to know exactly that! Both he and Hemingway mention these drinks in some of their books and was curious to know more. I love that they added pictures and recipes too.

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I'm can't drink like any of these authors. Lol. I'm too much of a light weight.

laughingwolf said...

if it's cold enough, like, has a thin coat of ice crystals on the surface, it need not be alcoholic; i drink a lot of homemade lemonade that way

i also like a shandy that cold, though it's not for everyone...

Trish said...

Alexis - I know! Me too. One or two of their drinks and I'd be under the table lol.

LW - homemade lemonade trumps everything!