Lunchtime Poll: Books and Cocktails

It’s Friday! Let’s talk about two of our favorite things for today’s lunchtime poll. 

Today, we’re pairing cocktails and novels, which will either result in the most interesting book club ever, or, in my case, what I like to call a bookish and clever Saturday night alone. I’ll go first!

Book: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Cocktail: Golden Cadillac

V. C. Andrews and her team of ghost writers created over-the-top, Southern novels featuring naughty ballerinas, terrible rich people and women with special gifts. The Golden Cadillac is the drinkable version of a V.C. Andrews novel. To wit:


1/2 oz. creme de banana liquor

1 oz. Galliano, or other vanilla flavored liquor

4 oz. of whole milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



Blend everything in a blender until smooth and fluffy. Pour into a fancy glass. Put on some Elvis, because this was his favorite drink. Wear something fabulous, like a caftan or a snuggie. Pretend to be Lucille Bluth while you drink it. There’s no wrong way to get drunk off of a banana milkshake with a kick.

*Sidebar: You may have heard of a slightly different twist on this drink, but I promise, mine’s better, and pays better homage to The King, baby.

Your turn!

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[E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

9 thoughts on “Lunchtime Poll: Books and Cocktails”

  1. Peggy Olson says, “You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Mountain Dew and vodka is an emergency.”

    Which is a shame because I love vodka ginger ale. (Oh, wait! If you add cherry juice for a dirty Shirley Temple, it’s a proper cocktail. Sweet!)

    1. This is something of a tragedy for me, as all my favorite cocktails are two ingredient cocktails. Whiskey sour, vodka and cran, screwdriver, Kracken and Vernors…

      Which, in the spirit of the game I would pair with Hondo by Lois L’Amore, The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, Diary by Chuck Palahniuk, and Sharp’s Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwall respectively.

  2. I don’t know if this counts as a cocktail, but I’m addicted to Chambord and Sprite. It’s delicious. (My husband claims it tastes like Dr Pepper, which I don’t see as a problem at all!) It’s sweet and bubbly, so it would pair well with a romance novel, maybe something by Georgette Heyer.

  3. The best cocktail ever invented is the French 75: basically a glass of champagne with a shot of gin in it. Goes great with all those 20s Modernists, especially Hemingway; he probably fired off the gun it was named after in the First World War.

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