Cocktail Corner: Literary Libations

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg |

The Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature (Pop Chart Art)

The Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature (Pop Chart Art)

The James Bond Vodka Martini order—”shaken, not stirred”—is one of the most famous literary libation catch phrases (I’ve even used it myself, in a fake deep British accent of course!), but there are plenty of others.

Ian Fleming himself had a long line of cocktails for 007, including the Negroni, Americano and Vesper.

From Daisy Buchanan‘s Mint Julep and Jay Gatsby‘s Gin Rickey in The Great Gatsby to Zaphod Beeblebrox‘s Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, our fictional friends make pretty good bartenders.

They also make for pretty good graphics. Check out The Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature from Pop Chart Labs. If your idea of a perfect evening is to settle in with a good cocktail and a great novel (or a good cocktail and a great movie) then you’ll love this poster.

tequila-mockingbird1-350x400If you lack wall space for the poster, dip into Tim Federle‘s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, a highly entertaining recipe book that pays homage to literary libations with drinks like Romeo and Julep, The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, Love in the Time of Kahlua, The Deviled Egg Wears Prada and more.

Whoever said drinking doesn’t make you smarter obviously never read this book. Cheers!

Click below for a fun look at James Bond ordering his favorite cocktail.

Click here for more cocktail corner columns. Originally published in Santa Barbara SEASONS on October 25, 2013.

Leslie Dinaberg

Leslie Dinaberg

When she’s not busy working as the editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, Cocktail Corner author Leslie Dinaberg writes magazine articles, newspaper columns and grocery lists. When it comes to cocktails, Leslie considers herself a “goal-oriented drinker.”