Tequila Mockingbird & Other Literary Cocktails

Happy Friday before St. Patrick’s Day. We know what you’re all looking for, and we have it right here for you. While others may be drinking green beer, you’ll have a plethora of mixed drinks inspired by authors and their novels to choose from.

Tequila Mockingbird

  • 1 oz Tequila
  • .5 oz Vodka
  • .5 oz Southern Comfort
  • .5 oz Amaretto
  • .5 Oz Sloe Gin
  • 3/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1.5 Oz Grenadine syrup


Mix well and serve over ice. Enjoy with a novel about racism in the deep south in the 1930s, or you know, whatever else catches your fancy.

The Catcher in the Whiskey Rye

  • 2 oz Whiskey
  • 2 dashes Angostura┬« bitters
  • 1 Splash Soda Water
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Orange Wedge


Muddle (or smash, pretty much) all the ingredients together, including the orange wedge. Pour into a cup with ice. This drink is generally best enjoyed while hating life but having hopes for a happier future. But that can be said of any alcoholic drink, really.

Margarita Atwood

  • 3/4 cup fresh Lime Juice, about 3 Large Limes
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp Tequila
  • 1/4 cup Gran Torres Orange Liqueur
  • Lime wedges
  • About 1 1/2 cups small (or coarsely broken) Ice Cubes
  • Coarse salt (for the rim, of course)


Mix the first four ingredients together. Dip the rim of a glass into some water and then dip the rim into the course salt. Put the ice into the glass and pour the mixture into it. Top with a lime wedge. Enjoy before the religious conservatives take over the nation and ban the consumption of alcohol.

The Taming of the Shrewdriver

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • Orange Juice to Fill
  • Splash of Lime Juice


Serve with ice and hope that no one tricks you into doing some stupid things that end up in a play, or the modern day equivalent—youtube.

Sex on the Chisel Beach

  • .5 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Juice


There’s no vodka in this drink as there usually is for a Sex on the Beach. Why? Because there’s nothing sexy about Chisel Beach. Read the book and see why. This sad, sobering drink is all you get.

The Gryffindor

  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Raspberry Liquor
  • Cherry for garnish
  • Orange peel for garnish


Mix the liquids together and serve over ice. Top with a cherry and the orange peel. This drink should make you feel brave and bold, while also somewhat arrogant. You may also find yourself riding a broomstick in the middle of the night. Remain calm, this is normal.

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