Tuesday Reviews-Day: Tequila Mockingbird, Cocktails with a Literary Twist



***This is a sponsored post. I received a copy of Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle for purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own. Now, with that out of the way…***

Unlike the last cocktail book that I expected to love and was somewhat disappointed by, I had a few misgivings about Tequila Mockingbird from some of the early information. That the first two parts were titled “Drinks for Dames” and “Gulps for Guys” had my inner feminist cringing but the ill-named sections actually did make sense as each featured works either by or featuring characters of that gender.

But it’s not all femme versus fella. The punny titles are non-stop, with such gems as

  • Love in the Time of Kahlua
  • The Turn of the Screwdriver
  • Lord of the Mai-Tais [that would have been a much more interesting read, I’m thinking]
  • The Phantom Tolljuice
  • Prawn Quixote [this one a snack]

And if you enjoy my occasionally witty turn of phrase in the directions, you’ll enjoy Federle’s all the more.

Of all the works subjected to cocktail creations, I admit I was surprised to see children’s books in the mix–but there was no cause to worry, those are the non-alcoholic drinks. And then there are the edibles found in Bar Bites for the Book Hound and even a smattering of drinking games for those with a masochistic streak.

And then there are the illustrations by Lauren Mortimer. Wonderfully detailed pencil drawings grace many of the cocktail recipes and do a wonderful job of enhancing the humor throughout the book.

I read the first half of the book while sitting in the Jury Selection room–I was almost sorry I had to put it down and go to work when they released us!

Tequila Mockingbird, Cocktail with a Literary Twist is a small book, perfectly gift-sized, and a fun read. Bonus? A lot of the cocktails are built in a Collins glass so are truly a pour away from drinkable. And if you skipped any of the classics mentioned in this book, Federle’s descriptions might just pique your curiosity enough to pick ’em up.


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