No matter what the ghost of Ernest Hemingway may try to tell you as he makes an impromptu cameo that takes your nightly dreams completely off-kilter, you don’t need to drink to be a writer.
You don’t need to but in actual fact, there is no better way to dispel the demons (in whatever form they take) then with a good stiff drink (or in our case, an overly elaborate cocktail, the making of which is the very definition of procrastination).
With the imbibing of alcohol, there goes the fear – the fear of a blank page, the fear of having nothing to say or the fear that the rambling I am doing now, will never, ever stop. But with a trusty scotch in my hand, let’s move along this article and try to find the plot.
At the end of last month, the book How to Drink Like a Writer was released. It is a work that pairs 100 famous authors, poets, and playwrights from the Victorian age to today with recipes for their iconic drinks of choice.
Feeling uninspired? Need inspiration? Well pick any well-known author from Shakespears day to the present and see what drinks inspired them. Need to write a report for work? That obviously calls for Dorothy Parker-esque pithy one-liners and rhyming couplets, so you’re writing with the Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup triad of a Whiskey Sour.
Want to write a love letter? Well, your girl Sylvia Plath won’t let you down. Nor will her Vodka martini which is as astringent as her verse. Need to write a grocery list? Obviously that’s going to need the realism of Steinbeck. So pull out the Applejack and Grenadine, you’ll need to make a Jack Rose.
Whether you are looking for a drink that is straight-up or the hangover cure that will need to follow, How to Drink Like a Writer has got you covered. So many of the books mentioned are one that has shaped our consciousness and our lives, so it’s interesting to think that a high ABV is what’s responsible.
Or as the book itself will tell you, “Sure, becoming a famous author takes dedication, innate talent, and sometimes nepotism. But it also takes vodka, gin, tequila, and whiskey.”
For more information and to grab a copy go to How to Drink Like a Writer