It’s been a LONG two weeks of playwriting, and we all deserve to treat ourselves with a little liquid inspiration! Why not mix yourself up a batch (or two?) of these fabulous playwright inspired cocktails.
Tennessee Williams’ A Sidecar Named Desire
Just like Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire the Sidecar cocktail is a timeless classic with three stars. Stanley is the dark taste of cognac, Stella, the sweet addition of triple sec, and the bright flare of the lemon is Blanche. Throw them over ice and shake and you’ll have a devastatingly equal cocktail, tough enough for writing those emotionally crushing climaxes. “I’ve always relied on the kindness of… strong drinks.”
- 1 ½ oz. cognac
- ¾ oz. triple sec (Or cointreau)
- ¾ oz. lemon juice
Shake well with ice. Then, strain into a chilled martini glass that has had its outside rim rubbed with lemon juice and dipped in sugar. Serve with a twist of lemon.
Langston Hugh-lah Tallulah
If you are looking for delicious and satisfying, you will find it in the rich flavors of the Tallulah. It brings to life Hughes’ jazz-poet essence. Most notable for his prose, Hughes was also praised for his vastly popular plays. Just like the Tallulah, you may have heard of it but never tried it. It’s not the time to play is safe. Not in your writing and not in your cocktails. This drink may bring out the revolutionary in you.
- 2 oz. Jack Daniels Whiskey
- 1 oz. Peanut orgeat
- Roasted peanuts
Add the whiskey and orgeat to a rocks glass and stir until well combined. Fill with ice and top with the Coca-Cola. Garnish with a small handful of salted peanuts.
Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Island’s Journey into Night
A Long Island Iced Tea is just the beginning of what is sure to be an exceptionally long night. It is famous for having four different types of liquor, one for each act in O’Neill’s award-winning A Long Day’s Journey into Night. Let’s face it, at some point in this long summer month, we all are going to need a cocktail strong enough to pull us through the other side. Never sacrificing in its refreshment, the Long Island Iced Tea will be exactly what you want.
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. white (or light) rum
- 1 oz. tequila
- ½ oz. triple sec
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, with lemon wedges
- Cola to taste
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Pour in vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously to combine and chill. Pour the mixture, ice and all, into glasses and top off with the cola. Top with lemon wedges.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sungria
It’s August, right? Can we get real for a moment? Ain’t nobody gonna write anything in this kind of humidity. The solution? A full pitcher of ice cold sangria. But this new blackberry recipe is breaking barriers much like Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. If you are looking for something to change your life, look no further. The change is here. You know what they say, “the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.”
- 1 bottle red wine, chilled
- 1 cup peach brandy
- 1/3 cup triple sec
- ½ cup cranberry juice
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- ¼ cup mint leaves muddled with 1 cup of blackberries
- Additional fresh mint leaves and blackberries
Combine the wine, brandy, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a pitcher. Add lemon, lime, and muddled mint and blackberries. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. Serve the sangria over ice and garnish with fresh mint and blackberries.
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