Drink Like Ernest Hemingway, Anne Sexton and Other Literary Boozehounds
The best cure for writer’s block? A stiff drink.
Booze and literature have long had a close relationship; many of the world’s most famous authors were as good at drinking as they were at writing. And the drinks they liked to imbibe made such a strong impression that Raymond Chandler, F. Scott Fitzgerald and more immortalized a number of classic cocktails in their novels.
So if you like to enjoy a well-made cocktail while reading your favorite classic novel, be sure to check out which drinks inspired the most prolific American writers over the years. From Martinis to Vespers to Gin Rickeys, you may earn a new respect for the writers (and cocktails) behind your favorite books.
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This influential author may have countless other drinks associated with his name, including the Death in the Afternoon (which he invented) and the Mojito. But rest assured: Papa loved his Daiquiris—he even has one named after him! The drink was invented at the Floridita bar in Cuba, where Hemingway spent much of his time while America was suffering through Prohibition. The refreshing drink is perfect for summer soirees, but it’s good enough to drink year-round.
Raymond Chandler, Gimlet
Mystery writer Raymond Chandler was as much a fan of this simple sour drink as his booze-guzzling protaganist Philip Marlowe, who enjoyed the drink in many a dive bar with plenty of shifty dames.