O Happy Day. Three of my all time favourite things all wrapped up in one! Blend together my beloved all time favourite book To Kill a Mockingbird, a range of cocktail recipes and puns (literary puns no less) and you get the wonderful little book Tequila a Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle described as “scholarly sips for word nerds”.
Tim Federle is actually an accomplished author. Well he is an accomplished author, actor, blogger and commentator. He moved to New York as a teenager to dance on Broadway. His debut young adult novel Better Nate Than Ever is about a small-town teenager who crashes an audition for E.T.: The Musical and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The sequel won the Lambda Literary Award. Hi new young adult novel, The Great American Whatever, was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
Federle also writes bestselling recipe books. Tequila Mockingbird has sold over 200,000 copies and picked up a range of awards such as the Goodreads Choice Award (Food & Cookbooks), Entertainment Weekly Great Gifts for Book Lovers and BookPage Best of. In the same genre is Gone With the Gin a cocktail recipe book for film buffs.
But I am a literary girl so it was the sassy little hard cover Mockingbird to which I was drawn. Sure, it has been around a while (first published 2013) but it was new to me when I stumbled upon it at the airport lounge last week. I needed a birthday gift so I bought it on the spot and, perhaps inappropriately for a gift, carefully read it on my flight taking care not to spill overly brewed airline coffee on it.
The book is divided into helpful sections -namely Drinks for Dames, Gulps for Guys, Bevvies for Book Clubs (my sister loves her Book Club and even created her own tea towel to honour it) Refreshments for Recreational Readers, Bar Bites for Book Hounds and importantly Games for Geeks.
But it’s the cocktails I’m keen on and the list doesn’t disappoint a book nerd like me. Can I tempt you with a …
- Gone with the Wine
- Rye and Prejudice
- The Cooler Purple
- A Midsummer Night’s Beam
- Crime and Punish – Mint
- Huckleberry Sin
- The Last of the Mojitos
- Vermouth the Bell Tolls
It’s enough to get me running for the drinks trolley ( v v on trend – who would be without one?), the silver cocktail shaker and the matching strainer.
Then came the challenge of how to wrap this little book given the cover, like so many others, is actually a design statement in its own right, making it somewhat of a shame to cover it up ..and this from a gift wrapper! So I decided to go with a cellophane wrap, which I rarely do because cellophane and I are not friends.
But I was glad I gave this a crack. I wrapped clear cellophane around the book leaving enough for a bit of a flourish at the top. I tied in a cocktail stirrer which said Birthday Wishes in gold and finished it off with a gold ribbon. I like this book look and will use it again – but only if the artwork of the cover warrants it and only if I can find cellophane on a roll that isn’t so thin it tears when you look at it sideways. I don’t have time for ripped cellophane. But I always have time for a cocktail – I think I will make A Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose.