Gin Rickey and a review of Cocktails for Books Lovers

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The perfect pairing for anyone with a literary thirst!

From Jane Austen’s little-known fondness for wine to Hemingway’s beloved mojitos, literature and libations go hand in hand. Cocktails for Book Lovers blends these in a delectable book that will delight both readers and cocktail enthusiasts alike. This irresistible collection features 50 original and classic cocktail recipes based on works of famous authors and popular drinks of their eras, including Orange Champagne Punch, Salted Caramel and Bourbon Milkshakes, and even Zombie Cola. So dip in, pick your favorite author or book, and take a sip–or start at the beginning and work your way through. Cheers!  (-synopsis)

Cocktails for Book Lovers Cookbook

I was excited to get this book since my entire blog is about books and cooking, my two favorite things.   I couldn’t wait to see what beverages they paired with certain books.   The book opens with a short introduction and then gets to the cocktails.   On each page there is the author’s name, name of the book, and information on both the author and the book.   On the opposite page is a recipe for a cocktail with a photo and an explanation of how that cocktail fits with the book.

The cocktail photos and recipes are great.   I really enjoyed them.   I was a little disappointed in some of the book choices.   Some were classics that everyone knows, but others were more obscure and I wasn’t sure why the author chose them.   Also while some of the pairings were absolutely perfect for the book, I thought others were stretching it.   All in all it’s an interesting book with some good cocktail recipes.


I give this book 2 1/2 out of 5 stars.  Gin Rickey

I chose to make the recipe for a Gin Rickey from The Great Gatsby.  There are several reasons for this.   The first being that this is a great book that I loved.   The second is that I actually watched the movie last week…twice.   The third is that the Gin Rickey is something that Gatsby drinks in the movie and the book so it’s the perfect choice for a beverage that pairs with the book.

Gin Rickey with limes

The recipe for the Gin Rickey is super easy with only a handful of ingredients.   It’s simply gin, carbonated water, and lime.

Gin Rickey Cocktail

Gin Rickey

Yield: Serves 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • juice of half a lime
  • carbonated water
  • lime wheels, quartered


  1. Pour lime juice and gin into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes.
  2. Fill with carbonated water and stir. Add the lime.


Source: Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tessa Smith McGovern

Gin Rickey Cocktail

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