Are you a reader or a writer and you like to imbibe while you are reading or writing? Or maybe you’re hosting the next book club or English Lit study group? If any of these activities are part of your future plans, this book is for you. The subtitle—Cocktails with a Literary Twist—aptly describes what Tequila Mockingbird is about. It is a guide to mixing cocktails. But it’s much more than that.
Chapter headings include: Drinks for Dames, Gulps for Guys, Bevvies for Book Clubs, Refreshments for Recovering Readers, Bar Bites for Book Hounds, and Games for Geeks.
Each drink recipe borrows its title from a literary classic and includes a pithy paragraph describing its namesake. This allows you to expand your mind while numbing it at the same time. And the last section describes some drinking games that can be played solo, or with two or more players.
Some of my favorite titles:
The Rye in the Catcher
Gone with the Wine
The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose
The Old Man and the Seagram’s
One Hundred Beers of Solitude
The Turn of the Screwdriver
The Yellow Wallbanger
Love in the Time of Kahlúa
A couple of the drinking games that I’ve added to my to do list:
Pour a cold drink over your head each time you get an awkward boner during Lolita. (This one is best played solo, of course.)
Get x number of copies of The Shining for x number of friends. Each player scans the pages of their book for the same word, such as “ax,” “hotel,” “blood,” “scream,” “creepy twins,” etc. The last player to find the word has to do a shot of Redrum (yes, there is such a thing).
As you can see, Tequila Mockingbird is a treasure trove of mind-expanding, mind-numbing fun and should be on the shelf of all readers and writers. Now, if you will excuse me, it’s time for a Bloody Carrie, or maybe a One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest. Cheers!
If you should try any of the drinks or games listed within this learned volume, please come back after your head clears and let us know how it went.