Review: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle

tequila-mockingbirdMy friend got me this for Christmas, not even knowing what a huge fan I am of Federle’s work! I would buy a phone book if Tim Federle wrote it. He is hilarious. I love his tweets; one time he even replied to one of my tweets and it was amazing. I would definitely hang out with him any day of the week.

Truth be told, I’m not a huge drinker. I like a good mixed drink, which is perfect, because that’s what this book is all about! It’s a novelty-style book that lists out drink recipes that each riff on a famous novel. This shows off many of Federle’s fortes, including his wit (each drink is a play on words from the title of a book. Example: The Last of the Mojitos (Mohicans)), his vast literary knowledge (I’d heard of most of these, being fairly well-read myself, but there were some even I had never heard of), and his ability to make a good cocktail! If you plan to make one of the drinks in the book, you might have to go to the liquor store and look for some specialty liquor, but you’ll recognize most of these ingredients. At the end, there’s a section for non-alcoholic drinks (some of the tea drinks sound wonderful on a cold day like today!) and even some munchies to serve at your next book club meeting (see: I Know This Munch is True). Last but not least, some literary-themed drinking games which are very tongue-in-cheek.

I read it cover to cover, because of course I did, but you can certainly thumb through it and look for a good recipe, or use the index to find your favorite title. The book also provides a helpful guide to glasses, garnishes, etc. that are essential for any good barkeep to have in stock.

Get this book as a gift for the alcoholic English major in your life. And then stay tuned for my review of Federle’s latest book, The Great American Whatever, which I’ll be reviewing in early 2017.


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