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9 Literary Cocktails to Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge (and Alcohol)

These literary-themed cocktails are perfect to impress your guests (and clever book nerds!). Warning: drink at your own risk.

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1. The Socratic Method

1/2 oz poison hemlock1/2 oz Greek wine1/2 oz club sodaWalk around the room and engage in philosophical dialogue with your peers. Drink slowly and do not be hasty, as this drink has a belated kick. You may feel a numbing sensation throughout your limbs -- it is advised to lay down and prepare yourself for a very long nap.

1/2 oz poison hemlock

1/2 oz Greek wine

1/2 oz club soda

Walk around the room and engage in philosophical dialogue with your peers. Drink slowly and do not be hasty, as this drink has a belated kick. You may feel a numbing sensation throughout your limbs -- it is advised to lay down and prepare yourself for a very long nap.

2. Paradise Lost

3 oz ginPomegranate juice (apple juice may be used if pomegranate is unavailable)Garnish with sliced figsPersuade your friends to join you in tasting this forbidden fruity drink. Warning: may awaken with regrets and shame over the sins of the night before.

3 oz gin

Pomegranate juice (apple juice may be used if pomegranate is unavailable)

Garnish with sliced figs

Persuade your friends to join you in tasting this forbidden fruity drink. Warning: may awaken with regrets and shame over the sins of the night before.

3. Lady Macbeth

3 oz Scotch whisky (must be Scotch)Muddled eye of newt and toe of frog1 1/2 oz club sodaWash hands well after mixing. Serve to cherished guests.

3 oz Scotch whisky (must be Scotch)

Muddled eye of newt and toe of frog

1 1/2 oz club soda

Wash hands well after mixing. Serve to cherished guests.

4. The Shylock

1 lb of flesh, finely grated1 bottle Kosher white wine16 oz sparkling water (preferably sourced from the Venetian canals)Aperol to tasteCombine in pitcher -- serves 4. Perfect to share with colleagues after a long, hard day of making financial deals.

1 lb of flesh, finely grated

1 bottle Kosher white wine

16 oz sparkling water (preferably sourced from the Venetian canals)

Aperol to taste

Combine in pitcher -- serves 4. Perfect to share with colleagues after a long, hard day of making financial deals.

5. Dante's Fire & Ice

3 oz vodka 3 shakes tabascoIceShake in a circular motion, about 9 times. This drink has kick enough to fortify a hopeless soul!

3 oz vodka

3 shakes tabasco

Ice

Shake in a circular motion, about 9 times. This drink has kick enough to fortify a hopeless soul!

6. The Count of Monte Cristal

CristalFresh blood orange juiceSip while plotting revenge against all those who have wronged you.

Cristal

Fresh blood orange juice

Sip while plotting revenge against all those who have wronged you.

7. The Percy Bysshe Shelley

3 oz sea water1 1/2 oz vodkaAdd ice and shake violently. Consuming too much of this drink may result in a sinking feeling.

3 oz sea water

1 1/2 oz vodka

Add ice and shake violently. Consuming too much of this drink may result in a sinking feeling.

8. Jekyll and Highball

3 oz whiskySqueeze tart lemonMuddled lemon rind and saltDash bittersCombine in a highball glass and stir. Tartness may cause violent reaction upon first sip.

3 oz whisky

Squeeze tart lemon

Muddled lemon rind and salt

Dash bitters

Combine in a highball glass and stir. Tartness may cause violent reaction upon first sip.

9. Pitcher of Dorian Grey

1 bottle Grey Goose vodka16 oz sodaLimeMix in a glass pitcher. After a few too many of these, be sure to check your appearance in the bathroom mirror.

1 bottle Grey Goose vodka

16 oz soda

Lime

Mix in a glass pitcher. After a few too many of these, be sure to check your appearance in the bathroom mirror.

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