The-James-Literary-Program-Joel-Stein_7864-800x533It’s a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining and you have the whole day to yourself with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other—how luxurious. Entering an alternative world of a written plot blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality, and we’ve concocted a few cocktails to match the rabbit hole of your paperback experience.

If you’ve been wearing your detective hat while reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, then put on your best spectacles while enjoying this inquisitive drink:

The Gimlet (1 serving):
• 2.5 oz Gin
• 0.5 oz Lime juice
• 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
• 1 Lime Wheel (garnish)

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or an old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with lime wheel.

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If you’d rather wear a tiara on your day off, you may be reading The Heir by Kiera Cass. Don’t forget a princess cocktail to bejewel you with each sip:

Pink Lemonade Party (6 servings):
• 1 can (12 fl. Oz.) Frozen Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate
• 12 oz. Vodka
• 1 Lime

In a pitcher, prep the lemonade according to its package instructions, but replace the one can of water with one can of vodka. Squeeze the lime juice into the mixture. Pour over ice and enjoy.

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And finally if you are a seeker of the past, Anthony Doerr’s historical fiction novel, All the Light We Cannot See has been hot off the shelf. The story of a blind French girl and a German boy throughout World War II is sure to hold you captive while sipping on this classic cocktail:

The Tom Collins (1 serving):
• 2 oz. Gin
• 1 oz. Lemon Juice
• 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar
• 3 oz. Club Soda
• 1 Maraschino Cherry
• 1 Orange slice

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake well. Strain into a Collins glass almost filled with ice cubes. Add the club soda. Stir and garnish with the cherry and the orange slice.

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