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Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Special: Literary and Media Figures and Their Favorite Drinks

Elizabeth Black writes in a wide variety of genres including erotica, erotic romance, horror, and dark fiction. She lives on the Massachusetts coast with her husband, son, and her three cats. Visit her web site, her Facebook page, and her Amazon Author Page. 

Her new m/m erotic medical thriller Roughing It is out! This book is a sexy cross between The X Files, The Andromeda Strain, and Outbreak. Read her short erotic story Babes in Begging For It, published by Cleis Press. You will also find her new novel No Restraint at Amazon. Enjoy a good, sexy read today.

For The Love Of God, Montresor!
Literary and Media Figures and Their Favorite Drinks

Since 'tis the season for festivities, I though it would be fun to not only write about famous literary and media characters and their favorite drinks, but to include recipes! During this holiday season, feel free to be like Phryne Fisher or Ebenezer Scrooge and toss back one of their favorite cocktails. I found some of these cocktails at The Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature at Pop Chart Lab.

These first three aren't meant to be taken seriously, but they're so amusing I had to include them. I'm not encouraging you to throw cigarette ash or downers into your drinks, but if you insist on doing that, at least be creative.

Moe Szyslak – The Simpsons

The Flaming Moe

Drops of various liquors
Cigarette ash
Krusty Brand non-narcotic cough syrup

Charlie Chaplin – The Adventurer

The Dregs

All leftover cocktails in the bar poured into one glass.

Alex – A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

Alex and his cronies downed this drink before engaging in some wholesome, clean ultraviolence where they'd beat up strangers, rob stores, and the like. It's nothing more than milk and downers.

Moloko Plus

Milk and barbiturates - Vellocet, Synthemese, and Drencrom

The following are classics. I enjoy drinking Amontillado since I am a huge Poe fan. I could drink this stuff and argue with writers as to who is better – Poe or Lovecraft? That always ends up being a very heated discussion. When I went to the Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat in October, 2015, I passed on drinking bourbon on the rocks despite that being Jack Torrance's favorite drink since I detest bourbon. That said, I can't let this article continue without mentioning those fine beverages.

Montresor and Fortunato - The Cask Of Amontillado – Edgar Allan Poe


Jack Torrance – The Shining – Stephen King

Bourbon on the rocks

Harry Potter – Butterbeer – J. K. Rowling

Butterbeer is generally thought of as non-alcoholic but there are boozy varieties of the drink. There is even a Starbuck's version. I'm here to give you both.

From Food52, the alcoholic version includes ½ stick of unsalted butter, light and dark brown sugar, freshly grated ginger, dark rum, ginger beer, and other ingredients. Go to the link for the full recipe including ingredients and instructions on how to make it.

Here's one of the many versions of a grande butterbeer for Starbuck's. Just save this blog post page on your iPhone and show it to the barista who will make the drink for you. Please don't do this when it's very busy because you may annoy the staff with a special order.

Ask for a Creme Frappuccino base. Don't skimp on the fat by asking for skim or 2% milk as whole milk is required for the right consistency.
Add 3 pumps of caramel syrup.
Add 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup.
Top with caramel drizzle.

Phryne Fisher – Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries – Kerry Greenwood

I have enjoyed Benedictine for many years, but I was sold when I discovered Phryne Fisher likes the liqueur. My husband's late father used to declare it on his taxes as medicine and he got away with it. Maybe it's because he lived in Europe. Ha! Kerry Greenwood, who created Miss Fisher, talked about Phryne introducing herself in the forward to her books.

Forward from Kerry Greenwood, about Phryne Fisher for the books Cocaine Blues, Flying Too High, and Murder On The Ballerat Train.

Thank you for buying this book. I have a wizard and three cats to feed. Picture the scene. There I am, in 1988, thirty years old and never been published, clutching a contract in a hot sweaty hand. I have been trying for four long and frustrating years to attract a publisher and now a divinity has offered me a two book conract about a detective in 1928. I am reading the ads as the tram clacks down Brunswick Street. They are not inspiring posters. I am beginning to panic. This is what I have striven for my whole life. Am I now going to develop writer’s block? When I never have before?

Then she got onto the tram and sat near me. A lady with a Lulu bob, feather earrings, a black cloth coat with an Astrakan collar and a black cloche jammed down over her exquisite eyebrows. She wore delicate shoes of sable glacé kid with a Louis heel. She moved with a fine louche grace, as though she knew that the whole tram was staring at her and she both did not mind and accepted their adulation as something she merited. She leaned towards me. I smelt rice powder and Jicky. ‘Why not write about me?’ she breathed. And, in a scent of Benedictine, she vanished. That was the Honourable Phryne Fisher. I am delighted to be able to introduce you to her.

Ebenezer Scrooge -  A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

I can't let a holiday article about cocktails go by without mentioning Mr. Scrooge. This drink is served warm and it's perfect for curling up in front of a roaring fire and listening to Victorian Christmas carols with someone you love.

Smoking Bishop

¼ cup sugar
1 bottle red wine
Juice from several oranges
1 bottle port

Strain oranges
Prick oranges with cloves
Let sit for 24 hours
Serve warm

Edgar Allan Poe - Eggnog

I must mention Poe one more time, since he liked a classic holiday drink. Poe loved eggnog. He even used in in his classic tale The Pit And The Pendulum. Poe's West Point roommate recalled he also couldn't be found far from a bottle of Benny Haven's best brandy. Benny Haven was Poe's favorite place to go to drink. The jury is still out as to whether or not he was an alcoholic. Stories regarding the cause of his death range from rabies to being beaten to death after refusing to be used in vote rigging. The eggnog was a family recipe.


7 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
5 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups brandy
1/4 cup rum

Combine the egg yolks and sugar in a medium boll and whisk until thick and pale. Set aside. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside. Warm 3 parts milk over low heat. Whisk 1 cup of warm milk into the yolk mixture. Add this back to the milk in the pan. Stir over low heat until combined and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the cream quickly. Place the saucepan in the ice water. Stir until chilled then add the brandy, rum, and remaining milk. Pour eggnog into glasses. Whip the egg whites into stiff peaks in a bowl and spoon over the eggnog. Top with nutmeg. Merry Christmas!

Topper – Pink Lady

When I first watched the movie Topper, I became very interested in Pink Ladies since Marion Kerby swore by them. I have yet to try one, but maybe this season I'll give one a try.

1½ -2 oz. Gin
1 Egg White
1 teaspoon Grenadine
1 teaspoon Double Cream
Fresh Strawberry for garnish

Combine the ingredients with ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a glass. Garnish with ½ strawberry on a cocktail stick.

White Lady:
2 oz. Gin
¾ oz. Each of Cointreau and Lemon juice
1 Egg White (if liked)
[Omit the grenadine and cream]
Combine the ingredients with ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a glass. Garnish with ½ strawberry on a cocktail stick.

Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City – Candace Bushnell

I am not a fan of Sex and the City for reasons I won't go into here, but I must give Carrie Bradshaw kudos for popularizing the Cosmo.


4 parts vodka
1 part Cointreau
2 parts lime juice
3 parts cranberry juice

Shake and serve on ice

John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel – The Avengers

The reason my favorite drink is champagne is due to it being the preferred beverage of Steed and Mrs. Peel. It's nearly all I drink aside of red wine, Benedictine, Campari, and Amontillado. Those two drank it all the time, even when they were painting Mrs. Peel's flat. I recall they preferred Chateau Mouton Rothchild, but that's a bit out of my price range. I also like brut champagne. The drier the better.

FYI – Oscar Wilde also preferred to drink iced champagne. At the time of his death, he was drinking a combination of opium, chloral and champagne. He did say, "And now I am dying beyond my means."


And now for the hard-boiled characters. You don't get much more hard-boiled than Raymond Chandler. Chandler was as much of a double-fisted drinker as were his creations. An alcoholic, he suffered blackouts and threatened suicide. He lost a job due to drink and began writing at 44. When his wife died, he dived further into the bottle. His alcoholism haunts his stories. He favored the gin gimlet just like his character Philip Marlowe. Still, if you want to drink like the heavies, go for it.

Vivian Sternwood Rutledge – The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

Scotch Mist

2 to 3 ounces scotch, bourbon, or brandy
½ cup crushed ice
lemon twist over edge of glass

Philip Marlow – The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler

Gin Gimlet

½ gin
½ Rose's lime juice

And now for the disasters amongst us. The Great Gatsby included drinking and excessive living. It was mainly about the downfall of the American Dream in the 1920s. Fitzgerald favored gin because he believed people couldn't smell it on his breath. He ad his wife Zelda were heavy gin drinkers. Another alcoholic writer, cocktails figured prominently in his fiction. He preferred the gin rickey, just like his character Jay Gatsby did.

Daisy Buchanan – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mint Julep

2.5 ounces bourbon
2 sugar cubes
4 or 5 mint leaves
Serve over ice


Jay Gatsby – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gin Rickey

1 shot gin
½ shot fresh squeezed lime juice
lime zest
2.5 ounces bourbon

Here's to the rise and fall of rugged masculinity from Hemingway and Williams. Although Hemingway was fond of drinking, he did not do so while writing. Also, his favorite drink was not the mojito. He was diabetic and couldn't tolerate the sugar so it's unlikely he drank mojitos. He did drink absinthe and double daiquiris without sugar. His favorite drink was the dry martini.

Jake Barnes – The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

Jack Rose

2 ounces applejack
1 ounce lemon or lime juice
dash of grenadine

Tennessee Williams suffered from severe anxiety and drank to ease the pain. He often spoke of his love for downers saying that they enhanced and unblocked his creativity, although his critics disagreed. Downers did him in in the end when he choked to death on a bottle cap to his prescription barbies. Alcohol played an important part in the lives of his characters as well, Brick Pollett being an excellent example.

Brick Pollett – Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  - Tennessee Williams

Hot Toddy

2 tbsp bourbon
1 tbsp mild honey
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup boiling hot water

Stir and serve warm

I can't talk about rugged masculinity without mentioning Bond. James Bond. While most people associate Bond with a martini, shaken, not stirred, it wasn't the only thing he drank. He enjoyed an Americano in Casino Royale. My husband and I are huge fans of Campari and vermouth. The Americano is similar to a Negroni, but it uses Perrier instead of gin. We could drink either one. To you, Mr. Bond!

James Bond  - Casino Royale – Ian Fleming


1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet red vermouth


You can't go wrong this holiday season with all these cocktails at your disposal to drink. Celebrate Christmas and honor Phryne Fisher, Marion Kerby, and Scrooge with warmth and nostalgia. Don't forget to share with your friends. Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


  1. Fun post, Elizabeth!

    Maybe some day we'll get to argue about Poe versus Lovecraft. (My opinion: I adore Lovecraft, but Poe was a much better writer, from a craft perspective.)

  2. This is a lot of information I didn't know - a very entertaining post! Now I can imagine these writers with their favourite drinks, and even try some of them. Thanks for the recipes!

  3. I prefer Poe, Lisabet! No argument there. Plus Poe influenced Lovecraft, not the other way around. :)

  4. I've tried a few of these before, Jean, but lately I've been drinking glôgg. Warm and it hits you like a ton of bricks very quickly. LOL


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