❃ Random Thursdays ❃ .: Books and Booze! :.

Random Thrusday

Hey loves!

It’s Thursday, time to get random with our bookishness. (Whatever that means. No, it’s not a real word.) Anyway, I have been fighting a kickass case of writers block when it comes to my reviews. If you’ll noticed, I haven’t had many of them up and I’m not exactly sure what is wrong but I go to try to write about what I read and I just blank out. I don’t even know what is up with that.

I’m trying all manner of things to spark this up again, which means I’m getting to find fun topics for Thursdays. Last week I did a post on music in books, it’s a common thing you see. Sometimes writers add playlists to the books, the chapters have songs dedicated to them, etc etc etc. I decided to carry that forward into this week and change it up a bit, hence our topic this week, Books and Booze.

Have you ever been making your way through a book and the character goes to order a drink? Usually alcoholic and you’re like, what is that even? For me, I do this often because I’m not a big drinker. I could tell you what goes in a Pina Colada, but beyond that?? Nope, I’m lost. You see and hear of all manner of mixed drinks in books, but what exactly are they? Do you ever question it? Wonder what is in it? Try to figure out what color it would be? Well, I do! I’m a curious cat like that. So, lets explore!

The first on our topic of booze? Beer! Every single author I know of uses this. It’s universal, everyone knows what beer is. It’s so old and universal that it dates back to the Code of Hammurabi which had laws regulating it and beer parlors, otherwise known as bars today. We are talking roughly 1754 BC y’all. If you don’t know what the Code is, it’s pretty much the first known set of laws ever established. (Seriously, look it up, they are entertaining.) If you’ve had college Humanities, you’ll have touched on it most likely. To make it even more mind boggling, there was even a Mesopotamian Goddess of Beer that they prayed to. Anyway! Beer is easy and our brains relate. Since I’m going to do this for the rest of the categories, I’ll go ahead and explain beer a bit, with the help of Wikipedia.

ml_main-beer-picBeer: Beer is an alcoholic beverage produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. The starch and saccharification enzymes are often derived from malted cereal grains, most commonly malted barley and malted wheat.

Don’t ask me what most of that means, because I only understand about half of it. It’s safe to say though, that beer has been around forever and that’s why we automatically recognize it in books.

The world over, we have all manners of types of beer these days. We even have people brewing it in galleon buckets on their own, making their own beer. It’s safe to say, we all know what beer is!

BD-Bourbon-w-fireBourbon: Bourbon whiskey is a type of American whiskey: a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn.

jack-daniel-s-tennessee-whiskey-law-1092042-TwoByOneWhiskey: Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Various grains are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat.

You may be wondering why Bourbon and Whiskey are together. These two can be confusing, but again, are universally known. You don’t sit and ask questions usually, but your mind does associate and you know what they are when you read about them. So let me confuse you a tad bit when I say this. A bourbon is always a whiskey, but a whiskey is not always a bourbon. Yes, there is a difference in them! It has confused the heck out of me, I can tell you that much. I came across this whole conundrum when I read Drunk on You by Teri Anne Stanley.

No one actually knows the origins of Bourbon, it’s been poorly documented, but it does trace back to around the 1820’s. Whiskey on the other hand, or Whisky, depending on where you are from, dates back to Mesopotamia also. The world over, you can make Whiskey anywhere, however, Bourbon, is restricted to the United States in an international law agreement. I went hunting for more information and I found this snazzy bit of information on Bourbon vs Whiskey.

Drinks you’ll hear about in books that have Bourbon or Whiskey?

Manhattan:

A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye, Canadian whiskey, bourbon, blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey.
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Main alcohol:
Whiskey
Ingredients:
Maraschino cherry (Garnish), Dash Angostura bitters, 2 oz Rye or Canadian whisky, 3/4 oz Sweet red vermouth
Preparation:
Stirred over ice, strained into a chilled glass, garnished, and served straight up.
Served:
Straight up; without ice
Standard garnish:
Cherry

Drinkware: Cocktail glass

Whiskey Sour:

The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and optionally, a dash of egg white. With the egg white, it is sometimes called a Boston Sour.
11376284_917399854977186_112822493_nMain alcohol: Bourbon whiskey, Whisky
Ingredients: 1 oz (2 parts) Fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 oz (3 parts) Bourbon whiskey, 1/2 oz (1 part) Gomme syrup, 1 dash egg white
Preparation: Shake with ice. Strain into ice-filled old-fashioned glass to serve “on the rocks.”
Served: Shaken; on the rocks
Standard garnish: Maraschino cherry, Lemon rind, Sugared glass, Orange slice
Drinkware: Old fashioned glass, Cobbler

Recipe credit to Wikipedia.


Moving on from those two in particular, because you’ll find that they are called many different things, just depending on how you make them, I’ve grabbed a few others from the commonly known booze pile that you find in books. Any of the drinks listed below, I’ve seen in countless books, and to take that a step further, you often hear them ordered in movies too. I’m not adding anymore “hard” alcohols because lets face it, we all know what Vodka, Gin, Rum and Tequila are.

Long Island Iced Tea:

A Long Island Iced Tea is a type of alcoholic mixed drink typically made with, among other ingredients, tequila, vodka, light rum, triple sec, and gin. It is so named because of the resemblance to the color and taste of iced tea.

longisicetea

Main alcohol: Tequila, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Triple sec
Ingredients: 1/2 oz Vodka, 1/2 oz White rum, 1 oz Lemon juice, 1/2 oz Gin, 1/2 oz Tequila, 1/2 oz Triple Sec, 1 oz Gomme syrup, splash of cola
Preparation: Add all ingredients into highball glass filled with ice. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon spiral. Serve with straw.
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: Lemon spiral
Drinkware: Highball glass

Cosmopolitan:

A cosmopolitan, or informally a cosmo, is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed or sweetened lime juice.

Cosmopolitan

Main alcohol: Vodka
Ingredients: 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice, 1 oz Cranberry juice, 1/2 oz Cointreau, 1 1/2 oz Vodka Citron
Preparation: Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and double strain into large cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.
Served: Straight up; without ice
Standard garnish: Lime wedge, Lemon slice
Drinkware: Cocktail glass

Sex on the Beach:

Sex on the Beach is a cocktail that has many variations. I’ve heard this one mentioned countless times, but I don’t actually remember a character ever drinking one. Typically I’ve seen it used as a flirting mechanism. I also never imagined the colors!

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Main alcohol: Vodka
Ingredients: 1 1/3 oz Vodka, 1 1/3 oz Cranberry juice, 2/3 oz Peach schnapps, 1 1/3 oz Orange juice
Preparation: Build all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange slice.
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: Orange slice
Drinkware: Highball glass

Martini:

The Martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Over the years, the Martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages.

This is another drink you hear about almost constantly in books. I’ve never had one myself, but the funny part is, I know it has three olives. Why? Because sometimes you’ll read about characters ordering it with only one olive or two. 😉 I also can’t read the word Martini and not hear in my head, “Out of all the gin joints, you walked into mine.”.

martini

Main alcohol: Gin
Ingredients: 1/2 oz (1 part) Dry vermouth, 3 oz (6 parts) Gin
Preparation: Straight: Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled martini cocktail glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink, or garnish with olive.
Served: Straight (or on the rocks)
Standard garnish: Olive, Lemon twist
Drinkware: Cocktail glass

Mojito:

Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint.

The Mojito is one I’ve heard ordered more than once in books but it never gets the buzz that most drinks do. It’s also one of the few alcoholic drinks that can make my mouth water. So when it comes to Mojitos, this is me.

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One word, Jack. Mojito. P.S. You could fight off scurvy with it!

mojito

Main alcohol: Rum
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz White rum, 6 leaves of Mint, Soda Water, 1 oz Fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons Sugar
Preparation: Mint sprigs muddled with sugar and lime juice. Rum added and topped with soda water. Garnished with sprig of mint leaves. Served with a straw.
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: Sprig of mint, Yerba buena
Drinkware: Collins glass

Margarita:

The margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice.

This is the one drink that actually has it’s own glass! That always amuses me.  Not only do you find margarita’s in books, but you find them in movies. This one pops out to me a lot because it’s the girls night go to drink. Also, if you’ve ever seen Practical Magic, you’ll have seen the crazy midnight scene of them all dancing around the blender making “Midnight Margaritas” while singing (Put the Lime in the) Coconut song by Harry Nilsson.

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Main alcohol: Tequila
Ingredients: 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz Lime juice, 1 oz Cointreau
Preparation: Rub the rim of the glass with the lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice, then carefully pour into the glass (taking care not to dislodge any salt). Garnish and serve over ice.
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish: Lime slice, Salt on the rim
Drinkware: Margarita glass

Credit for all the mixed drinks must go to Wikipedia. I found 95% of the information there, including drink descriptions.


That brings us to the WINES! Yes, the wines. These are the easiest ones to talk about, to be honest. In books, you usually get a character who orders a red or a white. Sometimes you’ll read chardonnay, and unless it’s a book about wine country or has something to do with a winery in it, you don’t get too much information. It’s vague. So, below are you red and whites. I’m not going to go to in-depth on it like I did the mixed drinks, but I will list the most popular ones that you might read.

red-wineRed Wine:

Red wine is a type of wine made from dark-colored grape varieties. The actual color of the wine can range from intense violet, typical of young wines, through to brick red for mature wines and brown for older red wines.

Red wines include but are not limited to:

Shirazh
Merlot
Cabernet sauvignon
Malbec
Pinot noir
Zinfandel
Sangiovese
Barbera

White Wine:

White wine is a wine whose color can be straw-yellow, yellow-green, or yellow-gold colored. It is produced by the alcoholic fermentation of the non-colored pulp of grapes which may have a white or black skin.

White wines include but are not limited to:

Chardonnay
Sauvignon blanc
Semilon
Moscato
Pinot grigio
Gewurztraminer
Riesling


Last but not least, and this is a total shout out to my fellow Nerds! They know who they are and they’ll know exactly what this is. If you have ever read Cambria Hebert’s Hashtag series, you will know what these are too. 😉

Smurf Balls:

More commonly known as Blue Balls Shot or a Blue Kamikaze Shot. We Nerds don’t know what is in them, we’ve never been told, it’s just something that our beloved characters drink in the books. It leaves you buzzed, laughing and with a blue tongue. Oh and the guys cringe when they drink something with the word balls included. 😉 So below, is what I’m going to suppose/assume is in them, and I’m going with the Blue Balls Shot Recipe. Why? Because it looks like how I see Smurf Balls in the books!

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1 ounce Blue Curacao
1 ounce Coconut Rum
1 ounce Peach Schnapps
1 ounce Lemon Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into multiple shot glass.

Rather sweet concoction with sweet tartness candy similarity. Barely there hint of coconut. Great hint of peach and coconut aroma.

Recipe credit goes to the Intoxicologist and their Blue Balls Shot.


That brings us to the end of our Random Thursday. If you made it this far, thanks for reading it all! Have a happy Thursday!

~A.

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