The Best Drinks for World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day, The Bottle Club delve into the world of words to bring you five inspirational alcoholic drinks from some of the great works of literature. 


1. White Angel, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1958)

“Let me build you a drink. Something new. They call it a White Angel.” Sip this strong but stylish mixture in true elegant style of Holly Golightly. Simply add to a Martini glass and sip away. 

25ml Vodka

25ml Gin

Strictly no Vermouth


2. Mint Julep, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

A fresh and refreshing long drink. Muddle the sugar, water and mint. Fill a highball glass with ice, add the Bourbon and stir well. Garnish with more mint. 

50ml Bourbon 

75ml Soda Water

1 teaspoon caster sugar



3. Singapore Sling, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (1971)

Rumoured to have been author Thompson’s favoured tipple. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake, strain into a highball glass and serve with a garnish of fruit. 

25ml Gin

25ml Cherry Brandy

25ml Benedictine

5ml Angostura Bitters

50ml Pineapple juice

25ml Lime juice

Pineapple, cherry

Sparkling water (to top up)  


4. Scotch & Soda, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 

Caulfield didn’t get to enjoy this simple mix so enjoy it on his (and Salinger’s) behalf. Serve separately. 

50ml of Scotch Whiskey

50ml Soda Water


5. Daiquiri, Our Man in Havana (1958)

The novel is set in Cuba and features this classic cocktail. Bringing major holiday vibes, it is thoroughly sweet and citrus-y. Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain in chilled cocktail glass.

50ml White Rum

15ml Simple Syrup

30ml Lime Juice 


Not read the book? Not drank the drink? Why not combine!


Happy World Book Day!


Jessica Lester

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