If you’ve ever perused the cocktail list at a bar or restaurant, you will have noticed the unusual and exotic names that many of the drinks have attached to them. While most people have a favourite tipple or two, sometimes it is simply the name of the drink that entices people to try it, rather than the ingredients that are mixed together. In these two books by Tim Federle, cocktail names have been given a revamp- a treat for book enthusiasts and new parents alike.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With A Literary Twist – Tim Federle
In Tequila Mockingbird, Federle uses a variety of literary-based monikers for his alcoholic creations- books of all genres (although mostly classics) are used as inspiration for this creative endeavour. If you are a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, perhaps you would like the drink ‘Love in the Time of Kahlua’ (Love In The Time Of Cholera), while Oscar Wilde fans may prefer ‘The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose’ (The Picture Of Dorian Gray). Even classic children’s tales get a mention (mocktails, anyone?), with drinks such as ‘Pear the Wild Things Are’ (Where The Wild Things Are) and Cherry Poppins (Mary Poppins). Towards the back of the book, there are recipes for various ‘bar bites’ (with a similar naming strategy used) and a few drinking game ideas if you’re going to have your book club over. This is a fun literature-based cocktail book, and would make the ultimate gift for the bookworm in your life (provided they drink alcohol, of course).
Rating: 4/5 Published: April 2013
Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails With A Nursery Rhyme Twist – Tim Federle
In a similar vein, Federle has also released a cocktail book that focuses on nursery rhymes for new parents. Published in board-book format (fittingly like many of the books that a young child may have), this book features such well-loved nursery rhymes as ‘Eeny, Martini, Miny, Mo (Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo), ‘Mary Had A Little Dram’ (Mary Had A Little Lamb), ‘Bloody Mary, Quite Contrary’ (Mary Mary, Quite Contrary), and a whole lot more. Not only do the nursery rhymes get a makeover, but new parents are likely to relate to the sleep deprivation and child-related matters that are mentioned in these new nursery rhyme variations. While the author doesn’t expect to see a new parent tossing back a cocktail while looking after their child, he has created these cocktail recipes as a way for parents to enjoy their downtime once the kids are in bed. This would make a great baby shower gift if you’re looking to give something a bit more original than clothing or toys.