8 Delicious Book-Inspired Cocktail Recipes Great for Thirsty Book Lovers

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If you have finished burning one or more of our large glass candles and have cleaned the wax out of the glass, you can now use it as a drinking glass. Our glasses are screen printed for extra durability and are actually double old-fashioned drinking glasses. We have put together 8 delicious book-inspired cocktail recipes perfect for book lovers looking for ideas on tasty beverages to put in them. We have many book nerd designs in our NerdArt Collection. Get extra fun by pairing a glass and cocktail of the same fandom together. 

Mad Hatter’s High Tea Cocktail

Tea time just got a little more intense with this spiked floral Earl Grey cocktail. If you ever wanted to hold high tea, but with a fun weekend brunch twist this is the recipe for you.

1 Tablespoon loose Earl Grey Tea
1oz Elderberry Liquor Vodka or Gin (Gin will provide a more floral/herbal punch)
6 oz water
Honey to Taste
2 Slices Lemon

  • Boil water and steep Earl Grey. Tea is made extra strong as it will be diluted with liquor.
  • Pour into your cup and add juice of one slice of lemon, 1 oz Elderberry liquor, honey to taste and fill as high as you desire with Vodka.
  • Garnish the rim with a slice of lemon.

If you’d prefer a cold cocktail simply brew the tea ahead of time and refrigerate. Shake up your liquid ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice before pouring into your cup.

Amazonian Honey Wine

Honey wine was a popular drink in the Ancient Greek world. Honey especially having a close association with ambrosia, the food of the Gods. Open a bottle and share a refreshing drink with your warrior sisters.

Bottle Semi-Sweet White Wine or Rose
Handful of Strawberries
Handful of Mint
4 Tablespoons Honey

  • Mix about 4 tablespoons of honey to chilled bottle of wine, though depending on the wine’s sweetness and personal taste amount may be adjusted.
  • Thinly slice strawberries.
  • Cut mint to appropriately sized sprigs. They should be long enough to stand an inch or so out of the cup.
  • Give the mint spring a good slap, this will release its fragrance without requiring muddling. And place in cup.
  • Add ice, sprinkle with strawberries and pour in wine.

For variety, try substituting the strawberries for a fruit locally in season. For a change in shape you can use a melon baller and try fruits such as watermelon or honeydew.

Celebratory Butter Beer

2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps or Liqueur
Butterscotch Syrup
Cream Soda
Whipped Cream

Optional: 1/3 Heavy Whipping Cream, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, 2 tablespoons Powdered Sugar (proportions are made for 2 servings)

You and Harry may have been kids when you first started your adventure at Hogwarts, but it’s high time everyone got to celebrate like adults. Try out this adult variation of Butter Beer the next time your houses have a reunion.

  • Pour 2 oz of butterscotch Snapp’s into your cup.
  • Pour in cream soda.
  • Top with some whipped cream, let it sit for 15 – 30 seconds to respond to carbonation, and finish with a drizzle of butterscotch syrup.

For some extra points you can make your own whipped cream with an extra flavorful punch by whipping up your heavy cream with the vanilla extract and powdered sugar

Elven Mint Libation

Simple Syrup
3 Tablespoon Loose Mint Tea
8 oz water
8 oz of Honey or 7 oz Sugar
I Bottle Ginger Beer
Small stalks of lemon grass
Optional: 1 oz Green Tea Liquor

This seemingly complex cocktail only requires a bit of preparation before company arrives. Once your simple syrup is complete it can be kept in the fridge for a month. Enchant your space and company with the effortless grace of an elven host.

  • Heat water and add 3 tablespoons of mint tea in strainer. Add honey or sugar until completely dissolved and pour in a jar in cool place for simple syrup. Do not let the water boil.
  • Pour your beer into your cup, an ounce of green tea liquor if you like, and add simple syrup to taste and garnish with a stalk of lemon grass for an exotic fragrance.

To sterilize a glass jar, fill the jar and cover the lid with boiling water and dump out right before filling with syrup.

Bakers Street Old Fashioned

Stick of Wood Used for Smoking (ex: Hickory, Oak, Apple)
1 Large Glass Bottle with Stopper
2 oz Whiskey
Dash of Bitters
Cube of Sugar
Splash of Orange Liqueur
A Few Medium or One Large Ice Cube

It’s the classic Old Fashioned with an extra bit of mystery and charm. Add some extra drama to your late-night violin playing with the addition of smoke to your cocktail. When your friends look at your drink with amazement you know what to say.

  • Make sure your stick of wood is able to stand upright. Light it, as you would a candle but let the flame go out as it stands.
  • Place large glass bottle over the smoking wood and let it fill with smoke until completely opaque.
  • Immediately stop the bottle by lifting it a few inches and closing it. Set bottle aside.
  • Place sugar in cocktail shaker, add a dash or two of bitters and muddle. If you do not have a muddler any utensil with a flat end will do.
  • Pour in the 2 oz of whiskey, splash of orange liqueur, add ice and give it a good shake to mildly dilute and chill your drink.
  • Carefully pour mixture into smoked glass, re-stop and give it a good shake.
  • Place one large or a few medium ice cubes in your cup and pour your cocktail in as the smoke gently rests above your drink inside the cup like fog over the Thames.

Don’t have a large ice mold? No problem. Fill water balloons to your desired size, freeze and peel before guests arrive. Now you have some fancy looking spherical ice cubes. 

Dorian’s Immortal Sin

1 oz Absinthe
2 oz Orange Liqueur
2 oz Gin
1 oz lemon Juice Twist of lemon for garnish

For a truly decadent cocktail, try this absinthe mixture. Absinthe is a strong liquor with powerful notes of wormwood, anise and other herbs. Contrary to popular belief, a good quality absinthe should not be so bitter as to require sugar. And we know your simple taste requires only the best.

  • Pour all liquid ingredients into a shaker and give it a good shake.
  • Fill your glass half way with ice and pour in your drink with a twist of lemon for garnish.

Should you find the absinthe a bit too powerful, remove the absinthe from the rest of the ingredients fill your glass with the herbal liquor and give it a swirl. Discard the rest before filling with ice and your drink.

Poseidon’s Potion

2 oz gin
1 oz Orange Liqueur
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
3 oz Pomegranate Juice
Club Soda

Refreshing and powerful like the Mediterranean Sea, this drink has a fruity tone with just an underlying dark current with the sweet vermouth and bitter Campari. Enjoy a cocktail fit for a son of the ancient Poseidon.

  • Fill shaker with juice, gin, orange liquor and sweet vermouth and give it a shake.
  • Fill glass with ice and pour in mixture.
  • Top with club soda.

If you can’t find pomegranate juice, try experimenting with other fruits such as blood-orange or grapefruit.

Dark Knight

4 oz Cold Brew Coffee
2 oz Godiva Liqueur
1 oz Absolute Vodka
Splash of Almond Liqueur

Optional: crush chocolate covered espresso beans to coat the rim 

How do you run a multimillion-dollar company, drink with society’s elite at night, and find energy to crime fight your night away? One assumes, copious amounts of coffee. And intense discipline, will power, and training, but mostly coffee. Try this elegant martini, with a caffeinated edge.

  • Add your liquid ingredients to a shaker. Give it a good shake.
  • Wet your rim with liquor or coffee and place rim down on a plate of crushed chocolate covered espresso beans to be extra fancy for the night.
  • Fill you glass part way with ice and pour in your mixture.

Not keen on cold brewing your java? That’s okay. Replace with 2 shots of espresso diluted with 2 oz of water, or 4 oz of cooled French Press coffee.


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