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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.

    1. The Socratic Method

    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 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 frog

    1 1/2 oz club soda

    Wash hands well after mixing. Serve to cherished guests.

    4. The Shylock

    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 tabasco


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

    6. The Count of Monte Cristal


    Fresh blood orange juice

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

    7. The Percy Bysshe Shelley

    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 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 vodka

    16 oz soda


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