You’d never serve a Budweiser alongside a shimmering lobe of foi gras any more than you’d pop the cork on a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal and sip it between bites of a power bar, right?
Having spent a little time re-organizing the family library this week, I was left musing over the agreeable task of deciding what beverage I’ll likely pair with some of the books I’ve placed on my “Must Read” list of 2013.
I’ll flip a coin, but I need to read either Dubliners or Ulysses by James Joyce.
Drink of choice—Guinness. Or perhaps I’ll give the James Joyce Cocktail a trial run:
James Joyce Cocktail
(Original recipe by Gary Regan.)
- 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- 3/4 ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
I long ago read the trilogy, but somehow missed The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Drink—Seeing as Ent-draught, Miruvor and the Orc’s ‘vitality’ liquid aren’t readily available in any pub, wine shop or liquor store in my neck of the woods, a good second choice might be a glass of hard cider. Two of my favorites would have to be Scrumpy and Crispin, but if you’re looking for a few more well-made suggestions, click here.
Much to my chagrin, I continued to cast aside Treasure Island.
by Robert Louis Stevenson in favor of Johnny Depp’s visual buffet on the silver screen. It’s time. And in my hand should be something tropical and rum based. As it’s currently blowing gale-force February breezes, I figure I’ll batten down the hatches with a Hot Toddy. If I can’t unravel the tale until summer, the perfect Caipirinha will be next on deck. Whatever ends up resting on the coaster, Nelson’s folly is sure to fit.
But before I read anything else, I plan to crack the spine on the hottest and naughtiest new novel to come out of Scotland. As you can see below, my friend Robin Gott has illustrated the soon-to-be-released cover, but I’ve yet to purchase a personal copy.
Obviously, there are a couple of drams that come to mind as a befitting companion. But let’s agree, nothing but scotch will satisfy.
– Pinch by Haig & Haig
– Slutty Cark—er … I mean Cutty Sark
– Black Velvet (Yep, I know it’s Canadian, but I felt compelled to let this one in.)
– Vat 69
– Glengroin—sorry, Glengoyne
– Eades Anticipation Double Malt Series (Speyside, Hightland or Islay)
– Amrut “Fusion”
If you’re like me, the thirst for knowledge is never quenched and within no time at all you’ll be looking for another perfect union between books and booze. For further companionable matches, I recommend you take a glance at this indispensable article for a wealth of options.