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Happy Hour: 7 Literary Legends and Their Cocktails

By Ashley Beck | April 12, 2013

Truman Capote and The Screwdriver “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” photos by: Muy Yum, monk

Truman Capote and The Screwdriver
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
photos by: Muy Yum, monk

F. Scott Fitzgerald had an incredible way of describing a party that, let’s face it, just about anybody would want to be invited. The imagery of “buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors d’oeuvres, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs, and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold..a bar with a real brass rail,  stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another.”

As a lover of Fitzgerald’s way with words, I was curious as to the types of things that inspired him. A few that come to mind were his sense of adventure and travel experiences, his personal relationships and of course, the perfect concoction of spirit, sweet, and sour to poetically bring it all together. Similarly to Fitzgerald, many writers had a special relationship to fine food and wine, and just like us, most had their “go-to” Happy Hour cocktail.

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Here is a slide show of 7 Literary Legends, their culinary words, and their drink of choice. 

Ernest Hemingway and The Mojito-
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” 


photos by: TheCulinaryGeek, pennstatenews

Ernest Hemingway and The Mojito- “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” photos by: TheCulinaryGeek, pennstatenews

W.E.B Du Bois and The Bronx Cocktail
On being a gentlemen… “Good manners, Oxford accent, Brooks Brothers to-order clothes… knows a Bronx cocktail from a Manhattan”


photos by: Kraemer Family Library, Mobil’Homme

W.E.B Du Bois and The Bronx Cocktail On being a gentlemen… “Good manners, Oxford accent, Brooks Brothers to-order clothes… knows a Bronx cocktail from a Manhattan” photos by: Kraemer Family Library, Mobil’Homme

William Faulkner and The Mint Julep
“It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work. ” 


photos by: cdrummbk, Thp365

William Faulkner and The Mint Julep “It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work. ” photos by: cdrummbk, Thp365

F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Gin Rickey
“Simultaneously the whole party moved toward the water, super-ready from the long, forced inaction, passing from the heat to the cool with the gourmandise of a tingling curry eaten with chilled white wine.”


photos by: Kenn Wilson, Bastian

F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Gin Rickey “Simultaneously the whole party moved toward the water, super-ready from the long, forced inaction, passing from the heat to the cool with the gourmandise of a tingling curry eaten with chilled white wine.” photos by: Kenn Wilson, Bastian

Ian Flemming and The Vesper Martini
"A dry martini... One. In a deep Champagne goblet...Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?" - James Bond


photos by: Julien Haler, ReeseCLloyd

Ian Flemming and The Vesper Martini "A dry martini... One. In a deep Champagne goblet...Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?" - James Bond photos by: Julien Haler, ReeseCLloyd

Jack Kerouac and The Margarita 
“Don't drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life." - Jack Kerouac


photos by:  shelisrael, vinylmeister

Jack Kerouac and The Margarita “Don't drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life." - Jack Kerouac photos by: shelisrael, vinylmeister

Truman Capote and The Screwdriver
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”


photos by: Muy Yum, monk

Truman Capote and The Screwdriver “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” photos by: Muy Yum, monk

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