Drinking and reading…reading and drinking

by mollykl

Any idea worth its salt is worth stealing.

Well, now that that’s out of the way. Heroes and Heartbreakers did a post on pairing drinks with novels or with particular authors, much in the way wine is paired with food. Larissa Ione asked what would pair nicely with her books and that got me thinking, not just about her books, but about everything else on my shelves….and in my liquor cabinet. So here are a few ideas:

Tasha Alexander – Well, Port obviously.

Deanna Raybourn – Something with Absinthe, in honor of Brisbane. I’d actually go with a Sazerac, since we know Julia’s fond of Whiskey.

Jane Austen – I’m going to go with a nice French white wine, nothing sweet. Dry and sharp, much like Elizabeth’s wit.

Larissa Ione – Grey Goose Cherry Noir on the rocks. I loathe flavored vodkas, but I love this, and it seems a perfect match to her characters.

J.R. Ward – Sure you could be obvious and go with Grey Goose or Lagavulin, but I say be more obscure and go with Jack Daniels (John’s favorite) or Herradura (Qhuinn’s favorite).

Kerry Greenwood – A Sidecar would be perfect and make you feel almost as elegant as Phrynne. Even if you are slouched on the couch in jeans and Vans.

Suzanne Arruda – A Gin and Tonic of course. Get really good tonic water, though. I like the Fever Tree.

Arturo Perez-Reverte – Marques de Caceres Rioja, and possibly a cigarette. I don’t know what it is about his books that makes me think I should be drinking red wine and smoking.

Antony Beevor – Ketel One on the rocks. Many, many of them. Believe me, you’ll need the numbing effect.

Elizabeth Peters – Well Amelia usually drinks whiskey, if I remember correctly. I don’t remember what Ramses’ drink of choice was, but I’m going to have to go with a good American Bourbon. Maybe Baker’s.

Stephanie Tyler – I’m not entirely sure why, but I think of Manhattans (but not served in martini glasses – highballs instead). Probably because when I do make Manhattans I make them reeaaalllyy strong.

Gail Carriger – Laphroaig, hands down. Something peaty and smoky and burn-like-hell. Clearly I’m a Conall fan and not an Akeldama fan.

Ernest Hemingway – Cuba Libre.

Patrick O’Brian – Nothing French, that’s for sure. Perhaps a nice Irish Whiskey in honor of Stephen. (Husband J says, “Port. Something vintage. Good stuff.”)

Zoe Archer – French 75. Gin and champagne. Can’t you just see Bennet and Catallus in a bar in Paris getting shit-faced drunk on those?

Meljean Brook – An Old-Fashioned. The sugar cube would be a bit of bravado.

Lilith Saintcrow – The Ophelia – Gin, Rosemary simple syrup and lemon. Crisp and unusual but not precious. Perfect for reading steampunk.

Ian Fleming – No, not a vodka martini, shaken not stirred. A Vesper. Harder to make correctly and a hell of a bite.