Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

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by Tim Federle

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December 2013: Goodreads Choice Award (Food&Cookbooks)
December 2013: Entertainment Weekly Great Gifts for Book Lovers
December 2013: BookPage Best of 2013
October 2014: Clue on Jeopardy

Congrats. You fought through War and Peace, burned through Fahrenheit 451, and sailed through Moby-Dick. All right, you nearly


December 2013: Goodreads Choice Award (Food&Cookbooks)
December 2013: Entertainment Weekly Great Gifts for Book Lovers
December 2013: BookPage Best of 2013
October 2014: Clue on Jeopardy

Congrats. You fought through War and Peace, burned through Fahrenheit 451, and sailed through Moby-Dick. All right, you nearly drowned in Moby-Dick, but you made it to shore—and you deserve a drink!

A fun gift for barflies and a terrific treat for book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes—paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels—the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.

Even if you don’t have a B.A. in English, tonight you’re gonna drink like you do. Drinks include:
The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose
The Last of the Mojitos
Love in the Time of Kahlúa
Romeo and Julep
A Rum of One’s Own
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita
Vermouth the Bell Tolls

and more!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“It’s a little-known fact that the information in here will make anyone look and sound better than they actually do”
—David Baldacci

“…this is a wonderfully entertaining read, slight enough to be digested in one sitting, clever enough to be entertaining even if you never make a single one of the cocktails.”
—World of Beer blog

“Tequila Mockingbird is a refreshing reminder that drinking is supposed to be fun, and it brings together the kind of cocktails you’ll actually make into a book you’ll actually use.”

“You’ve never seen so many literary inside jokes in your whole life, which makes this little cookbook my new favorite thing… The commentary is hilarious, to boot.”

“Ingredient by ingredient I became a fan of the ersatz bartending guide for English majors, in which summaries of classic novels and their corresponding recipes are garnished with groan-worthy puns and sepia-toned illustrations. I toast to that!”
—Palm Beach Post

“Pun-tastic cocktail delights . . . peruse it to find your book club's next read (and cocktail).”

Praise for Tim Federle's Hickory Daiquiri Dock

"It’s not easy to riff off childhood favorites with such a clean balance of wit and punch, but Federle nails it.”
—Food Network Dish
“The exhaustion and the joy of parenthood are palatable. That is what makes this book exceptional. It perfectly captures both ends of the parenting spectrum.”

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Meet the Author

Tim Federle is a Broadway actor, word nerd, cocktail enthusiast, author of the YA comic novel, Better Nate Than Ever, and former lifestyle columnist for Apartment Therapy. He lives (and drinks) in New York City. Say hi at TimFederle.com and on Twitter at @TimFederle.

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Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CaveJulie More than 1 year ago
This book FEELS amazing to the touch, is gorgeous, w/nice, rough-cut pages and amusing-to-confusing illustrations. The recipes are moderately simple and doable. The detail (the darling devil for some of us book nerds) from front cover to Introduction and seemingly intentional overboard cheekiness are endearing. The little blurbs accompanying each recipe, making a usually-silly reference to the inspirational original text can be entertaining as well. It's certainly not intended to (I hope) be taken ultra-seriously by way of the creativity in the writing, although execution seems thus far spit-spot. My bit of disappointment truly exploded from the surface of a mild, existing sense of it when I came to the listing in the Table of Contents for the Margarita recipe which used "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" in lieu of one of my Top-5 books which just HANDS the damned thing to you: "The Master and Margarita." That was the point where I noticed that yes, there are a lot of classic, English-Lit-Major required-reads in there, but pretty much everything else started feeling fed by trite/tween/chick-lit reads (which feels even more bizarre, unless "Tim" is a nickname for "Timika" or some OTHER female name). Challenge me, damnit!! If I bought this book because I DO have a Lit degree too, then maybe I LIKE reading, and it'd be awesome to have a bit better representation of modern-classics that maybe I have or haven't read, but that are quality. Yes, I know it sells to have your reader be able to identify, but that could have been balanced in a more serious way WHILE maintaining a light-hearted play on each literary work -- and its accompanying cocktail recipe. On the up-side, this is a (small -- which I prefer) hardback that didn't cost an arm and a leg and didn't leave me with regret post-purchase at all. Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to go rub my finger around the edge of that martini glass, because that is one sexy-feeling cover.
TheBookBar More than 1 year ago
Provided by: The Book Bar.co Take note book clubs, fans of classic literature, people who like getting wasted on a Wednesday. Tim Federle has managed to mingle the two most important elements in my life (well, right up there with life, love, family & friends); drinks & a good read. I grabbed the book and really had no idea what to expect. Was it a book about books? Was it a book about drinks? Didn’t matter. It had an excellent title and awesome cover art. So grab a glass, already. Let’s get a little stupid and look a little smart. Even if you don’t have a BA in English, tonight you’re gonna drink like you do. Federle, Tim (2013-04-23). Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Kindle Locations 152-153). Running Press. Kindle Edition. So as I was standing in a 2 hour long line to get my kids into the latest mini build at our local Lego store when I started this magnificent journey through memories of reads from the past (required reads) and drinks yet to be enjoyed. I laughed out loud, much to the chagrin of my fellow line loiterers, and I think I dog-eared (technically speaking, that little blue life-saver on Kindle) pretty much every single dink mentioned. (LOVE IN THE TIME OF KAHLÚA; LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA (1985) BY GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ) Never settle . . . even for a doctor . . . with a hot accent. Otherwise, you could go a half-century till you find the real thing. In Márquez’s version of romance, the zipper-straining desire of a trio of lovebirds is practically an illness, eating his characters from the inside out. Federle, Tim (2013-04-23). Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Kindle Locations 338-340). Running Press. Kindle Edition. I don’t know if Federle approached every classical book he could summarize and paired it with a drink or got sloshed on a drink a night and paraphrased a book he grabbed off the shelf and conjoined the two. I wish I had this capability. No wait… I do, kinda, every Friday on this blog. Anywho, I would be one/eleventy-hundredth the brilliant mind as Tim if I could stop testing these drinks and reread/’buy now with 1-click’ the books he references. (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S BEAM; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (CIRCA 1600) BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE) Take two parts Ren Faire and one part Greek mythology, add a liberal dash of forest-dwelling nymphs, and you’ve got Shakespeare’s whimsical meditation on love and lunacy. An amateur might toast this oft-produced play with two melatonin and a gulp of cough syrup, but Lord, only a foolish mortal would try that— this is a dream, not a blackout. You’ll want to stay upright, if drowsily so, for a light, vegetation-heavy drink that will keep you skimming all five acts before a proper fairy-blessed slumber. You might just wake up in love.. Federle, Tim (2013-04-23). Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Kindle Locations 489-495). Running Press. Kindle Edition. Seriously, Tim, if you are reading this, you are missing some major monetizing opportunities. You need to hyperlink these referenced books to Amazon for instant satisfaction and one/eleventy-hundredth percent of the sale! If you not a fan of classical books, then the drinks are awesome. If you not a fan of drinks, what the hell are you doing on this blog? Federle will ease any fears you may have about concocting a concoction with the well thought-out index of materials and ingredients. Ingredients sound too expensive? What are you going to do with a bottle elderflower liqueur when you only need 1 ounce? Bartender Jen (Gin) suggest getting those little sample bottles they sell at her house of worship, Total Wine & More. JIGGER: For small liquid measurements. A metal hourglass shape, available in a variety of sizes. We prefer the 1-ounce-over-1 ½-ounce model— but you should up the dosage if you’re trying to get through Anna Karenina. And just drink straight from the bottle if you’re attempting Walden. Federle, Tim (2013-04-23). Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Kindle Locations 190-192). Running Press. Kindle Edition. Have this book on hand for great party starters. You can whip up the majority of these drinks with ease and have a fantastic conversation starter as you plagiarize the awesome quotes from this book. Disclaimer: Please drink responsibly. This book is intended for people 21 years and over who know the difference between Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. Federle, Tim (2013-04-23). Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Kindle Locations 12-13). Running Press. Kindle Edition.
Netty1001 More than 1 year ago
I can't stop buying this book for my book-loving friends!  Such a great gift for those who love libations and libraries!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as a gift for my daughter that is a High School English Literature teacher. I cannot remember when I saw how excited she got as she was skimming through the book reading all the pay on word titles. Includes recipes for drinks as well as snacks.