Alcohol has provided many plot twists and themes in fiction — film, literature, poetry. It has also been the bane and boon of creativity for storytellers — driving some to great, uncharted heights of success, and some to the darkest depths of dissolution.
Particularly, there are many studies and books on the drinking habits of writers and poets. But, on a lighter note, let’s consider: The Cocktail Chart of Film & Literature.
Click the chart and then zoom in. Some are worth trying, if you haven’t already, but some are just, well, meh.
Here’s what I recommend if you’re into this sort of thing:
1) Organize a Book & Film club with friends around these cocktails and see how much better the discussions get as you imbibe generously.
2) Find out where the authors / actors / characters indulged in their favorite tipples and plan your next holiday travel there – e.g. one of the many highlights of my trip to Italy was being able to go to Harry’s Bar in Venice and drink Bellinis all day with friends – like Hemingway.
3) And, this is really only for the die-hard geeks among you – create a board game like Taboo or Catch Phrase where the players have to guess the drink and associated book or film. Bonus drinks for naming the character, author and key drinking scenes.
Now, doesn’t that all sound like fun?