10 Book and Cocktail Pairings

Unwind with an ideal combination of literary classics and refreshing drinks

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Unwind with an ideal combination of literary classics and refreshing drinks
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book and a cocktail
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A Literary Buzz

Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than sitting back with a great book. That is, until you discover a deliciously fitting cocktail to go with it. Featuring all the vibrant colors, textures and flavors of the author’s singular world, each of these mouthwatering mixed drinks has the power to transport you beyond the written word. And that’s not just the alcohol talking. Check out 10 lit-enhancing cocktails that will take these reads to new heights.

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Gabriella Clove and Cinnamon
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Brazilian Beauty

Sweet, citrusy and refreshing, the Caipirinha (pronounced kai-peh-REEN-ya)—a cachaça-based cocktail muddled with sugar and fresh lime—is best known as Brazil's beloved national drink. Perhaps that's why it pairs so well with the lus

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Telex from Cuba
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Viva la Vida

In her award-winning debut novel, Telex from Cuba, Rachel Kushner crafts a stunning portrait of American expatriate life in the last days of Cuba's golden age. Set amid the vibrant backdrop of 1950s Havana and its thriving sugarca

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Madame Bovary
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French Connections

Escape the banalities of everyday life with Flaubert's classic 19th-century novel, Madame Bovary, and a deliciously scintillating cocktail to match. Ms. Bovary surely would have swooned for this sparkling wine cocktail—and with

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Driving Miss Daisy
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Pushing Daisies

A moving tale of hope and friendship, Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, transports us to the race-torn Deep South, where an unlikely bond grows between a surly Jewish widow and her African-American cha

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Breakfast at Tiffany's
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Walking on Air

Brimming with bittersweet romance, adventure and charm, Truman Capote's iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's centers around Holly Golightly—a symbolic name for a woman who makes a holiday of life and treads oh-so-lightly through it. Pa

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Bonfire of the Vanities
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Living Large

The Big Apple has never oozed decadence and self-delusion quite like it did in The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe's acclaimed 1980s satire centered on a Wall Street millionaire's dark but comical misadventures. And with

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Love in the Time of Cholera
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Stormy Weather

From the legendary author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera traces a century-long story of unrequited love, war and sickness in a small, convention-bound town somewhere off the Caribbean c

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A Moveable Feast
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A Drinkable Feast

See Paris through the eyes of one of literature's greats in A Moveable Feast, a posthumous memoir of Hemingway's early years, when he was surrounded by an awe-inspiring roster of American writers including Gertrude Stein, F. Scott

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That Old Cape Magic
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Sail Away

Pull out the twin set and tennis shoes for this quintessential New England experience featuring a traditional fruity cocktail and page-turning beach read. The Cape Codder—a refreshing combination of cranberry juice, soda water and vodk

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Margaritaville

Sweet, sour and a little salty, the classic margarita conjures up not only the spirit of Mexico but also its colorful cross-cultural communities scattered across America. With your salt-rimmed glass in hand, journey to Los Angeles with B

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