From classic literature to now, alcohol has served as literary inspiration to many an author. Lots of our beloved writers have been known to hit the bottle time and again and producing some of the most renowned pieces of literature. Here’s some of the iconic writers and their drinks of choice.
F Scott Fitzgerald, Gin Rickey
Much like his leading man in The Great Gatsby, the author also enjoyed a Gin Rickey or five. Gin Rickeys are a simple concoction of gin, lime and soda which even Gatsby and his love Daisy Buchanan were known to imbibe. Fitzgerald was notorious for being a heavy drinker and seemed proud of it.
Ernest Hemingway, Mojito
The celebrated American novelist who created epic pieces of literature like For Whom The Bell Tolls, A Farewell To Arms and others, was a great friend of Fitzgerald’s and a drinker himself. Surprisingly, he liked his drinks pretty humble. He was a fan of daiquiris and mojitos and was known to frequent Cuban joint Le Bodeguita del Medio.
Tennessee Williams, Ramos Gin Fizz
It’s hard to separate New Orleans, Tennessee Williams and his hit creation A Streetcar Named Desire from each other. But what’s even harder was to make Tennesse Williams part from his favourite drink. The Ramos Gin Fizz is made of gin, lemon juice, lime juice, egg whites, sugar, cream, soda and orange flower water and remains a staple in New Orleans’ nightlife.
Jack Kerouac, Margarita
On The Road has inspired many a traveller, dreamer and writer, and fans know how much alcohol was an integral part of the book. Jack Kerouac himself used to enjoy drinking (a lot). He became enamoured with the margarita on one of his many Mexican adventures and stuck to it. We don’t blame him, margaritas are worth it.
Oscar Wilde, Absinthe & Champagne
A tortured author, Oscar Wilde is best known for works like The Picture of Dorian Gray and plays like The Importance Of Being Earnest. His drink of choice was just as grand as his lifestyle. Apparently he loved his iced champagne so much so that he demanded the drink while in prison. He was also profoundly touched by absinthe, he even wrote this as a tribute – ‘A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?’ Touche, Mr Wilde.
Truman Capote, Screwdriver
The genius alcoholic author is best known for creating the classic Breakfast At Tiffany’s and also for his adoration of the screwdriver! He called the mixture of orange juice and vodka – ‘my orange drink’ and was known to slam quite a few of them back.
Edgar Allan Poe, Brandy Eggnog
You didn’t think I’d close this listicle out without mentioning Poe did you? He managed to creep us out with so many beautifully written books and poetry, but his favourite alcohol was rather sweet, if I may say so. He was known to highly enjoy brandy eggnog and cognac. In fact, there’s a Poe family recipe for eggnog out there and I’m hellbent on finding it!