9 Literary Cocktails to Keep Your Reading Buzz Going

9 Best Literary Cocktails

As a bartender, I've always been fascinated by the intersection of literature and mixology. Both are art forms that require a careful balance of ingredients to create something truly memorable.

And while literature often inspires cocktails, it's not often that the two are combined in a way that truly does justice to both.

But when they are, the results can be truly magical.

From the tart, citrusy notes of a Hemingway Daiquiri to the smoky, mysterious flavors of a Sherlock Holmes-inspired cocktail, literary cocktails can transport you to another time and place with just a few sips.

What I love most about literary cocktails is the way they can capture the essence of a book or author in a single drink.

They're a testament to the power of storytelling, and to the way we can use food and drink to connect with the stories we love.

So in this blog post, I'm excited to share some of my favorite literary cocktail recipes with you. Whether you're a book lover, a cocktail enthusiast, or just someone who appreciates a good story, these drinks are sure to delight your taste buds and your imagination alike.

So sit back, pour yourself a drink (or two), and let's explore the world of literary cocktails together.

1. Buttered Fire Whisky

Buttered Fire Whisky

Looking for a magical drink to celebrate your love for Harry Potter? Look no further than the Buttered Fire Whisky cocktail. This cocktail combines the sweetness of butterscotch soda with the spicy kick of cinnamon whiskey to create a warm and delicious drink. But what really sets this cocktail apart is the addition of flammable Bacardi 151, which is lit on fire to create a stunning visual effect.

As the 151 burns, it caramelizes the butterscotch soda and adds a smoky flavor to the drink. It's the perfect way to celebrate the release of a new Harry Potter book or to simply indulge in a little bit of magic. So grab your wand and a glass, and get ready to raise a toast to The Boy Who Lived.

2. Voldemort's Dark Serum

Voldemort's Dark Serum

If you're a fan of Harry Potter and love a good spooky cocktail, then "Voldemort's Dark Serum" is a must-try. This cocktail is inspired by the infamous villain of the Harry Potter series and is a mix of pomegranate juice, tequila, Chambord, lemon, sage, and ginger beer. The drink is both eerie and warming, making it the perfect Halloween cocktail.

The presentation is also impressive, with a smoking sage leaf as a finishing touch. This cocktail is a great addition to any Halloween party or Harry Potter movie marathon. If you're looking for a unique and delicious literary-inspired cocktail, give Voldemort's Dark Serum a try.

3. The Girl on Fireball Cocktail

The Girl On Fireball Cocktail

"The Girl on Fireball Cocktail" is a perfect tribute to the character of Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games series. This cocktail combines the spiced Fireball Whiskey with hard apple cider, resulting in a delicious and refreshing drink. The cinnamon flavor of the whiskey pairs perfectly with the apple cider, making it a perfect drink for summer and fall.

The cocktail is easy to make and can also be mixed with other drinks like hot chocolate or horchata. If you're a fan of the Hunger Games or just looking for a unique and tasty cocktail, "The Girl on Fireball Cocktail" is definitely worth a try.

4. Blackberry Smash

Blackberry Smash

The Blackberry Smash is a refreshing cocktail inspired by the novel Where The Crawdads Sing. It features a smooth vodka infused with blackberry syrup, lemon juice, honey, and ginger beer.

The cocktail is topped with fresh blackberries and served in a champagne flute for a touch of elegance. The Blackberry Smash is perfect for sipping on a warm day while reading a good book. It's a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and flavorful literary cocktail.

5. Shades and the Giant Peach

Shades And The Giant Peach

If you're a fan of gin and peaches, you won't want to miss the Shades and the Giant Peach cocktail inspired by Roald Dahl's classic children's book, James and the Giant Peach. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for summer sipping and features a small kick of fizz, making it a great brunch or early evening drink.

The recipe includes gin, lime juice, Cascara/Vanilla mix, orange syrup, bitters, and peach Bellini soda. While we won't reveal the steps to make the cocktail, we can tell you that it's easy to mix up and takes less than 5 minutes. If you're looking for a literary-inspired cocktail that's not too sweet and has a unique twist, the Shades and the Giant Peach is definitely worth a try.

6. Beauty and the Beast Cocktail

Beauty And The Beast Cocktail

The Beauty and the Beast Cocktail is a perfect drink for fans of the classic fairy tale. This cocktail is a creation of Just Plum Crazy and is inspired by the upcoming movie "Beauty and the Beast". The cocktail is a bright and refreshing drink that is perfect for any occasion. It is a blend of fruity flavors and a touch of sweetness that will leave you wanting more.

While we cannot reveal the recipe, we can say that the ingredients used are unique and well-balanced. The Beauty and the Beast Cocktail is a perfect drink for those who love a good story and a great drink. If you are looking for a unique cocktail to impress your friends, this is the one to try.

7. Fitzgerald


The Fitzgerald cocktail is a refreshing drink that strikes the perfect balance between sweet, sour, and bitterness. It is a relatively new drink, but it has quickly become a classic due to its delicious taste and simple recipe. The cocktail was invented by legendary bartender Dale DeGroff in the 1990s, and it quickly rose in popularity due to its fruity lemon notes and fresh ingredients.

The drink is named after the famous writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it is the perfect drink to impress your guests with its classic taste and literary name. Whether you prefer it shaken or stirred, straight up or on the rocks, the Fitzgerald cocktail is guaranteed to convert even the most stubborn gin or bitter skeptics.

8. Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird

"Tequila Mockingbird" is a refreshing and fruity tequila cocktail that is perfect for the summer season. The drink is a unique blend of tequila and Aperol, an Italian aperitivo that adds a sweet orange flavor with a bitter herbal undertone. This cocktail is a great option for those who want to enjoy tequila in a different way, as it offers a delicious mix of flavors that will surprise your taste buds.

The recipe is easy to make and can be adjusted to fit any budget by using cheaper versions of the liquor. If you're looking for a literary-inspired cocktail that is both refreshing and flavorful, "Tequila Mockingbird" is definitely worth trying.

9. Beauty and the Beast Rose Cocktail

Beauty And The Beast Rose Cocktail

The Beauty and the Beast Rose Cocktail is a perfect addition to any viewing party or a romantic evening. The cocktail is inspired by the classic fairytale and the iconic rose that symbolizes the love between Belle and the Beast. The recipe is a creative mix of gin, rose water, and lemon juice, garnished with a beautiful rose petal.

The cocktail is not only visually stunning but also has a delicate and refreshing taste that perfectly captures the essence of the story. Whether you are a fan of the original fairytale or the 2017 movie adaptation, this cocktail is a must-try. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the Beauty and the Beast Rose Cocktail while immersing yourself in the magical world of Belle and the Beast.