12 Cocktails to Pair with Books by Women

  1. Chimamanda Adichie hails from Nigeria, so perhaps the Chapman Drink would be a nice one to enjoy while reading Purple Hibiscus or Americanah.
  2. I think Jane Austen drank more tea than spirits, but even she might have enjoyed this eponymous beverage. You can’t go wrong with any of her novels, but my favorite is Emma.
  3. I have no idea if Margaret Atwood likes tequila, but the play on her name is too good to pass up: The Margarita Atwood.  While many of her works are brilliant, The Handmaid’s Tale speaks to women concerned about their reproductive rights in this particular political climate.
  4. It’s no surprise to me that someone concocted a drink inspired by J.K. Rowling’s work. If you can’t find butterbeer, perhaps try a Gryffindor House or one of the other yummy drinks on this page. If you haven’t read the Harry Potter books, you must have been living under a rock for the last couple of decades. It’s high time to start reading about the boy with the lightning bolt scar.
  5. Maya Angelou liked to sip at sherry while she wrote. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of her most important works.
  6. Flannery O’Connor used to give each child who visited Andalusia a peacock feather as a souvenir. She might have appreciated the Peacock Tonic. One of the best short stories ever: A Good Man is Hard to Find. Read it already!
  7. What drink would be perfect for sipping while reading Harper Lee’s classic? Tequila Mockingbird, naturally. Most of us read To Kill a Mockingbird while in school. It’s a book I’ll never forget.

    8. Isabel Allende hails from Chile, where the Pisco Sour is a popular beverage. While House of Spirits is a grand family drama, it would also be a great name for a bar.

    9. Annie Proulx, the celebrated author of the Shipping News, loves cider.

    10. You might enjoy drinking a mandarin orange tequila smash while reading the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

    11. The Take Your Own Measure is a thoughtfully concocted beverage inspired by Joan Didion. I’m hard-pressed to pick just one of her books, but you might begin with The Year of Magical Thinking.

    12. Last, but not least, is the delightful sounding Virginia Woolf cocktail crafted by the Bloomsbury Club Bar. My two favorite books by Virginia Woolf are A Room of One’s Own and Mrs. Dalloway.