Literati Libations


There’s a great article on NPR’s website right now detailing Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartender’s Guide, which covers famous writers and their favorite drinks. Not only does the book by Mark Bailey feature charming caricatures by Edward Hemingway, but there’s also cocktail recipes, excerpts of writing material, and best of all, anecdotes from the literati on drinking, like:


“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”–F. Scott Fitzgerald, who fancied himself some gin.

Fitzgerald’s Gin Rickey:

Illustration by Edward Hemingway.

Illustration by Edward Hemingway.

2 oz. gin

3/4 oz. lime juice

club soda

lime wheel


Pour gin and lime juice into a chilled highball glass filled with cracked ice. Top with club soda and gently stir; garnish with lime wheel.