Books and Booze: Top 5 Delicious Pairings for a True Bookworm

Books and Booze:

5 Delicious Pairings for a True Bookworm

Imagine yourself sitting by a fireplace with an astonishing book and listening to the wind howling outside and the fire crackling, as the world’s hustle and bustle seem so far away. This scenario will probably warm every bookworm’s soul. 

We know how to make this fantastic evening even better by pairing your favorite book with a perfect beverage. Whether you are a fan of Harry Potter’s magical adventures or want to read about Aldous Huxley’s dystopian predictions, the perfect booze, resonating with a story, will make your experience exclusive and pleasant. 

We know how to make this fantastic evening even better by pairing your favorite book with a perfect beverage. Whether you are a fan of Harry Potter’s magical adventures or want to read about Aldous Huxley’s dystopian predictions, the perfect booze, resonating with a story, will make your experience exclusive and pleasant.

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling 

Pairing: Butterbeer 

Open the Hogwarts door once again to immerse yourself in the mind-blowing magical adventures. Beat your opponents in a quidditch match, find the Chamber of Secrets, ride a hippogriff, win the Triwizard Tournament, and defeat the Dark Lord while drinking butterbeer, the most popular wizarding beverage. 

Sadly, we don’t have a magic wand to conjure some authentic butterbeer, but here is the closest recipe to make your own version: 

  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cans of cream soda
  • 4 tablespoons butterscotch syrup 

All you need to do is mix ice cream and cream soda in a blender, pour into your favorite mug and top your butterbeer with whipped cream. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Yeah, it’s that easy! Just ten minutes of your time will help you dive deep into this story of endless friendship, magic, and bravery. Remember, whether you are 17 or 71, Hogwarts is always there to welcome you home. 

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling paired with Butterbeer

2. The Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin

Pairing: Riesling, or any dry white wine 

While we are still waiting for The Winds of Winter to be released, what about revisiting Westeros to participate in the ruthless struggle for the Iron Throne? We recommend you complement these mind-blowing adventures with a glass of good Riesling.

The Arbor, an island in the south of Westeros, is renowned for its rich vineyards. Remember the moment Petyr Baelish speaking with Sansa Stark:

“You see the wonders that can be worked with lies and Arbor gold?”

We don’t have the Arbor around, but aromatic Riesling is one of the best wines to read this gripping story. A combination of bright fruity aroma and a high level of acidity creates a refreshing beverage able to delight the most demanding connoisseur. 

Song of Ice and Fire paired with Riesling, or any dry white wine

3. On The Road by Jack Kerouac 

Pairing: Tequila

Are you ready to embark on a captivating road trip across the post-war America of the 1950s? This dynamic story is saturated with a spirit of freedom, adventures, and friendship, making the novel an irresistible page-turner. 

You will travel with Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty while listening to iconic jazz songs and hitchhiking with people you’ll never see again. San Francisco, New York, Virginia, Denver, Chicago, Mexico, and New Jersey—the kaleidoscope of cities and faces runs before your eyes and you can’t stop it. All you can do is relax, pour a shot of tequila, and experience this maelstrom of emotions to the fullest. 

Tequila was all the rage in the 1950s as it was challenging to get European spirits in post-war America. Jack Kerouac was a huge fan of tequila, so it’s a perfect drink pairing for his powerful novels. 

On The Road by Jack Kerouac paired with Tequila

4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 

Pairing: Gin and Tonic

In Brave New World, each person’s life is predestined and manipulated by the government. All citizens of the World State are genetically modified, the word “parents” became obscene, people’s intelligence and duties are based on their place in the social hierarchy. 

Everyone is just a cog in the machine and can be replaced right away, making death something regular and insignificant. Every day, the citizens get their portion of soma, a legal drug to keep them peaceful and happy. 

Aldous Huxley wrote this novel 89 years ago, but it still feels so powerful and plausible that it’s impossible to tear yourself away from this thought-provoking story until you finish it. G&T is an ideal classic cocktail to drink while reading about Huxley’s creepy world and learning more about his disturbing predictions. 

Just mix 50 ml (2 oz) of London dry jin, 50 ml (2 oz) of tonic water, and a lime wedge in a highball glass and stir. It might not be an alternative to soma, but we don’t live in the World State yet. Probably.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley paired with Gin and Tonic

5. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King 

Pairing: Bloody Mary 

If you are a thrill-seeker and want to go for a classic vampire novel, ‘Salem’s Lot is just what you need for a spooky night with a book. Stephen King is great at both creating dreadful monsters and making his characters so realistic that you can’t help but believe in their stories.

‘Salem’s Lot is a sleepy town in Maine people tend to leave ASAP in search of a better life. You wouldn’t even notice if this town fell off the map. Ben Mears returns to ‘Salem’s Lot after his wife’s death to write a novel about the abandoned house where he had a terrible experience as a child. The sudden disappearance of the citizens turned out to be a real vampire attack. Thrown into this maelstrom, Ben is trying to confront the evil and survive. 

We recommend you complement this spine-chilling book with a glass of Bloody Mary. Combine 50 ml of vodka (1.5 oz), 100 ml (4 oz) of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice, garnish with a celery stalk, and enjoy your bloodthirsty adventures!

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King paired with Bloody Mary

It’s Time to Find Your Perfect Book and Booze Pairing 

Which book and booze pairing will be the first to try? Choose your favorite story, get the ideal beverage resonating with its atmosphere, and get ready for one of the most exciting reading experiences ever. Cheers! 

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