Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
Lit & Liquor comes together to wish you a boozy holiday season (how else will you survive the in-laws?) and as always, to fall on the sword and read the terrible books so you don't have to! First up is a one of a kind Nutcracker re-telling, "Hiddensee" by Gregory Maguire. You'll have to listen to find out our full opinion, but let's just say we're glad our Christmas Sangria went down smooth and fast to help block out the memory of this book.
Far more agreeable to our tastes was "Santa Jaws Saves Christmas" by Taylor Dugan and Amy McBryde. This animated children's story is about Santa Jaws and Sharkeypants, sure to delight young and old with puns, illustrations, and a truly fantastic bonus audiobook. Adults, pour yourself a Christmas Mimosa, get some plain OJ for the kids, and settle in for an amusing holiday story.
Hungry yet? Us too. Dish up a bowl of berry crumble from the cookbook Run Fast, Eat Slow—ice cream not optional, of course—and join us for a viewing of Lloyd Alexander’s The Black Cauldron. Have a second bowl—also not optional—while you read the book in order to join us for our first book-to-movie comparison. If delicious, warm, berry and granola aren’t your thing (you monster) how about a Munchings and Crunchings Apple shot or a Dead Budgie, featuring our liquor of the week, 99 Bananas. Not hungry or thirsty? We’ll take you anyway, because we just like people who listen to us talk.
Find all our drink recipes on our Lit & Liquor Pinterest page and join us next week for Danielle Vega's "Survive the Night" and "The Store" by Bentley Little.
We tried to be classy this week. It didn’t take. Our liquor of the week was Grey Goose vodka, used in a classic martini that was not to our taste—don’t let our profile picture fool you. However, our fun sugared rim matched the cover of “Survive the Night” by Danielle Vega perfectly, along with the vodka giving us the same gasping sensation experienced by the characters as they run, trapped, through the subway tunnels. Too claustrophobic? Jump into the roomier mega-box retailer of “The Store” as written by Bentley Little, and step right up to grab a drink. We’ve featured our own mix called The Night Manager, a spin on the classic White Russian. If none of these sound appealing, we have plenty of villainous creatures to take you somewhere a little more comfortable, like to drown in subway tunnels or get chopped to pieces in the basement temple.
Find all our drink recipes on our Lit & Liquor Pinterest page!
After several weeks of let-downs, the L&L crew finally finds a pair of books in which to sink their teeth and not cringe at the aftertaste. Come on a journey to Tortall with "Alanna: The First Adventure" by Tamora Pierce in one hand and an Abita Purple Haze in the other. But hold on tight because our visit is brief before we fly off to Kristen Britain's land of Sacoridia, a place teeming with magic both good and bad, and of course the elusive group known as the Green Riders. And what better to go with this story than a Green Demon?
Next week Ashley will be introducing Kassandra and Sam to fan fiction for the first time, join us for a Phantom of the Opera and Elsa/Jack Frost fan fiction night!
Enigmatic billionaire with a kinky red room or tortured vampire stuck in the midst of teenage woes? Grab a Red Room of Pain or Washington Apple and join us to debate. We all survived the hype around “Twilight” (Stephanie Meyer) and more recently, “50 Shades of Grey.” (E.L James) But lesser known are the claims that 50 Shades had its humble beginnings as a fanfiction of Twilight, causing Twi-Hards everywhere to cry in outrage at its success. Join us as we put Christian Grey against Edward Cullen, Isabella Swan versus Anastasia Steele, to explore any and all parallels between the two.
In our next episode we present a new challenge: you must choose any book involving the following: a Wild West story involving revenge and a gun. Join us for a discussion of what we’ve found!
Join us for our first “challenge” episode! The criteria was to find a book set in the Wild West about revenge and involving a gun. Turns out, it wasn’t so challenging—apparently, the criteria for writing a book about the Wild West demands both revenge and guns in plenty. Regardless, muddle yourself a Blackberry Bramble to drink while reading Erin Bowman’s “Vengeance Road” or perhaps “Death Rides a Chestnut Mare”—and a Honey Peach Fizz—is more up your alley. Too boozy? Class it up with a glass of Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc to pair with “Hombre” by Elmore Leonard.
Next week join us for a fantasy episode featuring Alanna: The First Adventure and Green Rider by Tamora Pierce and Kristen Britain. Find all our drink recipes on our Lit & Liquor Pinterest page!
Come along for a night of culinary delight and Old South superstition as we travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. This week we discuss a disappointing book with a great title, “A Sheetcake Named Desire” by Jacklyn Brady, while drinking a decidedly un-disappointing NOLA classic, the Brandy Milk Punch. Then we mix up a potent vodka-based Witch’s Brew and delve into Anne Rice’s “The Witching Hour,” fascinated by also deeply disturbed by the story of the Mayfair witches. Cheers to keeping it all in the family!
Next week get acquainted us a little more in a multiple-part Getting-To-Know-You episode. The following week we’ll explore the parallels of “50 Shades of Grey” and “Twilight.”
In an episode more liquor than lit, hear the story of how our threesome came to be and whole lot of other firsts, including but not limited to first book that got you into reading, first time drinking far too much, first friend, and a whole lot of other stories you may or may not have cared to know about us. If none of this sounds appealing, we have every confidence that our Almond Joy Martini, Meyer Lemon and Sage Sour, or Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin & Tonic will do the trick where our tales have failed.
Next week, we explore the kinks, crimes, and horrors within “50 Shades of Grey” by E.L. James and “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer.
Arendelle. Persia. France. Burgess. So many places to visit this week…and so many drinks to drink! Abandoning the world of “classic” literature, the L&L team jumps feet first into fanfiction. Don’t worry, they didn’t abandon the angst—and what’s more angsty than the Phantom of the Opera? Take your pick of our two cocktails, the Ruby Rose or a Shimmering Cherry Martini—made with our liquor of the week, Tito’s Handmade Vodka—and discover just how angsty in “The Angel of Persia” by FantomPhan33. If you prefer a lighter tale, we have that too with “Frostbitten” by Arialene, a crossover involving Jack Frost and Elsa from Frozen. Feel that chill in the air? It’s probably from our Jack Frost Cocktail or Royal Blue, both of which are guaranteed not to warm you up a bit.
A peek at next weeks agenda, you ask? We’ll be doing our first book-to-movie comparison with Lloyd Alexander’s The Black Cauldron. Read the book, watch the movie, and come thirsty! Find all our drink recipes on our Lit & Liquor Pinterest page and our liquor of the week, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, at titosvodka.com.
The circus arrives sometime after midnight—bringing with it a tempting combination of Godiva chocolate and red wine. This week we explore the ever-changing line between good and evil in two Circus-based books: Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Over chocolate martinis and an Apothic Dark Red Blend, our trio discuss the call of the calliope, what is good without evil, and the struggles of eating hardened Godiva chocolate off a martini glass.
Join us next week for a Mardi Gras/New Orleans episode, reading A Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady and The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.
Hold tight to those martini glasses as we take a time machine to 1890’s Chicago via the pages of “Devil in the White City” by Eric Larson. Lost your glass on the way? No problem. We’ll pour you a Prescription Julep as we read about the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893—as well as the sinister acts of H.H. Holmes, falsely hailed as America’s First Serial Killer. And because we can’t get enough of murder and gore, we’ll force you to stick around for a Red Wine Gin Sour and a reading of the short story, “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” by Robert Bloch.
Looking to get a jump on next week? Check out fanfiction.net and search for “Angel of Persia” and “Frostbitten” to join us as Sam and Kassandra explore fanfiction for the first time! Find all our drink recipes on our Lit & Liquor Pinterest page!
Our debut episode, in which we take Sam's romance novel virginity, discussing Cathy Maxwell's "Temptation of a Proper Governess" and Danielle Steele's "Summer's End"--the first romance novels Ashley and Kassandra read at far too young an age.
Drinks: Lover's Revenge shot and Pomegranate Sex on the Beach. Check out the Lit & Liquor Pinterest board for recipes!
Join us next week for Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern!
Swords clash and wizardry reigns supreme as we return to Sam's favorite genre of fantasy. "The Heroes" by Joe Abercrombie is our first foray into the world of "grimdark" fantasy, an intriguing combination of humor and cynicism. And what better to go with a book about a three day battle than a classic Bloody Mary? Two favorites make a return, Chima with "The Demon King" and limoncello in our Gin and Thyme cocktail. If these books don't delight, our tales of taking book pictures in an apartment parking lot with a sword, drinks, and dog is sure to do the trick.
Join us next week as we dive into Harry Potter, which Sam has never read. As always, find us and extras on LitandLiquor.com and our drink recipes on our Lit & Liquor Pinterest page.
Don your boxing gloves and jump into the ring--or just grab a Kernel of Truth cocktail--because it’s time for another romance novel face off. Our three time champion, a Native American hero, faces off this week with a brawny pirate. Or maybe not so brawny. You’ll have to listen to find out our thoughts on the matter as we pit Cynthia Wright’s “Silver Storm” against “Walk Into the Night” by Beverly Bird. No matter who you’re rooting for, our Pineapple Mint Mojito will fortify you against a win or a loss.
Find all our book pictures, drinks, and recipes on LitandLiquor.com! Next week tune in for our book-to-movie-comparison of "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie!
BEWARE THE DEMENTORS! But bring on the chocolate, we say. In fact, chocolate would have been entirely preferable to our cocktail this week. To match Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, we chose a Red Moon Over Manhattan cocktail (for obvious reasons)--but we don’t recommend it. Unlike our book, of course! With scary dementors, a shady rat, and a serial killing convict on the loose, why wouldn’t you want to hop on this train back to Hogwarts?
Check out litandliquor.com for drink pictures, recipes, and plenty more bookish content, and don't forget to join us next week for a Neil Gaiman spectacular!
Demagorgon versus Pennywise.
The Upside Down versus the weird existential turtle universe thing.
Stranger Things versus It.
But when one is so clearly paying tribute to the other, is it really a competition? Join the debate to find out our thoughts as we discuss all things Stranger Things, It, the completely underrated death of Mews the Cat, and drink some Riesling in his honor.
Caution: if you don't know the Farrah Fawcett hairspray password, you may not be let in.
Sparks fly and keyboards clash this week as we delve once again into the world of fan fiction and discover violently opposing points of view from our group. Choose pro, con, or Switzerland on the matter, but be sure to wet your whistle before you begin arguing. This weeks dose of liquid courage comes in the form of a Tart Green Apple Martini, Harry Potter Wallbanger, or a Rum Chata World Cup. Keep one hand free to hold onto your broom stick and fly on in!
Gryffindor. Hufflepuff. Slytherin. Ravenclaw.
The names are iconic and the series already hailed as a classic. These days, it’s hard to believe anyone hasn’t read about the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter. Except there is a traitor hiding among the ranks of Lit & Liquor. Our very own Sam has never read nor seen any Harry Potter.
Hold back your pitchforks and torches! Soothe your unsettled nerves with a Slytherin or The Dursley cocktail as Kassandra and Ashley swoop in on broomstick to save the day, gently leading Sam to the doors of Hogwarts and guiding him through the wonders within. Come along with us and re-live the magic as if for the very first time as we read and watch J.K Rowlings “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” (Or “Philosopher’s” if you’re hoity. As we frequently remind you, we are not.)
Visit us at LitAndLiquor.com for recipes and pictures, and join us next week for a Cowboys Vs. Indians romance novel face off!
This week we didn’t even bother with the lit and just focused on our liquor! Judge us if you must, but we each created a drink that we feel reflects our personality. The Samtastic is a layered, brightly colored cocktail, Kassandra made a Salted Caramel martini with a crushed pretzel rim (and featuring our Liquor of the Week, Smirnoff’s Kissed Caramel Vodka) and Ashley’s drink was a turquoise Key Lime Sunshine cocktail. You can draw your own conclusions of what they say about our true selves. Laugh hysterically along with us as we drink and discuss some strange “would you rather” questions and have some awkward moments—it’s Lit & Liquor, what else were you expecting?!
Join us next week as we discuss over- and underrated books, and their reasons behind their success or lack of it. Check out our Lit & Liquor Pinterest page for all drink recipes!