6 Literary Cocktails

book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

cocktail: Flaming Sidecar


  • 30ml Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal, plus extra to serve
  • 15ml Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • Juice 1/2 lime
  • 1 brown sugar cube 
  • Ice cubes
  • Long matches


  1. Stir or shake together the Rémy Martin, Cointreau or orange liqueur and lime juice. Fill a wide shallow glass with ice cubes and pour in the cocktail.
  2. Ensure the lime half is well squeezed out then place a sugar cube in the lime ‘shell’ and carefully fill with extra Rémy Martin. Place the lime on top of the ice ensuring it sits above the cocktail. Carefully ignite the sugar cube to serve.
  3. Extinguish the flame and allow the cocktail to cool before enjoying.

Flaming Side Car

book: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

cocktail: Shire Flower


  • 3 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • 3/8 oz. Elderflower liqueur
  • 3/8 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1 bar spoon apricot preserves


  1. Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until ice cold.
  2. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with small, white flowers.

book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

cocktail: Sour Frankenstein

  • Tequila
  • Simple Syrup
  • 4 limes
  • 1 cucumber
  • Salt
  1. Freeze your glassware to help the fake blood stick to the rim.
  2. Mix boiling water and sugar together to create simple syrup. Put it in the freezer to let cool for 10 minutes or so.
  3. Meanwhile, make the fake blood (optional).
  4. Use a blender to blend the water, limes, cucumber and salt until mixture is well mixed.
  5. Strain pulp using a fine mesh sieve, then add simple syrup and stir.
  6. Rim each glass in fake blood.
  7. Add 1.5 oz tequila and a handful of ice to each glass, then top up with margarita mix. Serve and enjoy!

Sour Frankenstein

book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

cocktail: Scotch and Soda


  • 1½ oz Scotch Whiskey
  • ¾ oz Rye Whiskey
  • 2-3 dashes of Lavender bitters
  • 3 – 4 oz of Club Soda


  1. Build your cocktail in your chilled Highball glass filled to the top with Ice.
  2. Add Lavender bitters, Scotch and Rye Whiskey.
  3. Top off the simple cocktail with Club Soda.
  4. Garnish with a Lavender spring to accentuate the floral flavors.

Scotch and Soda

book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

cocktail: Tequila Mockingbird


  • 12 oz tequila
  • 12 oz triple sec
  • 12 oz blue curacao
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz cranberry juice


  1. Fill a large glass with ice.
  2. Layer tequila and triple sec first, followed by orange juice, then cranberry, then blue curacao.
  3. Do not stir.
  4. Serve.

Tequila Mockingbird

book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by

cocktail: Cheshire Cat Cocktail


  • 1 oz Cherry Vodka
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz Strawberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • 2 oz Sprite

For the glass

  • Purple sanding sugar
  • Lemon
  • 1 small plate or bowl to decorate your glassware. Pour out some of your sanding sugar into the plate or bowl.


Prepare the glass

  1. Now cut a lemon in half and rub the juice along the rim of the glassware
  2. Then take your glassware and dip it in the sugar – set to the side

For the cocktail

  1. In a large bartender shaker add both vodkas and grenadine along with only a few pieces of ice
  2. Shake well to combine
  3. Fill your glassware 3/4 of the way full with ice
  4. Now add your Vodka mix and fill ONLY 1/2 way
  5. Rinse your shaker with water
  6. Now add the Blue Curacao and sprite
  7. Shake well to combine
  8. Use a large serving spoon upside down hold it above the glass and slowly pour the Blue Curacao mix into the glass.
  9. You are pouring the mix directly onto the spoon and letting the liquid drain off the spoon into the cocktail glass
  10. If you do it slow it will not mix.