Many people love literature and many people love cocktails. When these groups converge, it only makes sense to have an entertaining cocktail recipe book.

Author Tim Federle released “Tequila Mockingbird” in 2013 to rave reviews. This book contains whimsical elements that could even make teetotalers laugh. More than half a million copies of this book have sold since its release, and more and more people are becoming aware of it. Mixing cocktails has never been so much fun.

Layout

As “Tequila Mockingbird” lays out different cocktail recipes, the names are clever spoofs of literary classics. “Gone with the Wine”, “Fahrenheit 151”, and “the Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose” are a few examples of the cocktails in this book. On top of the entertaining aspects, the drinks are relatively easy to make and turn out delicious. Most of the ingredients can be found in a local grocery store.

“Drinking Games”

“Tequila Mockingbird” goes beyond cocktail recipes at times. There's a section devoted to drinking games that play off of different things famous novels are known for. For example, there's a game that challenges you to chug every time a new character is introduced in Charles Dickens's “Great Expectations”. Of course, these games aren't meant to be taken literally, but they add another fun element to the book.

Illustrations

Wry commentary and savory cocktail recipes aren't all “Tequila Mockingbird” represents. There are many illustrations throughout the book to keep readers even more engaged. The visuals are simple and catchy, and they fit the book's theme perfectly.

Purpose

One of the best things about “Tequila Mockingbird” is its multipurpose nature. Cocktail lovers can use it on a practical level to make new drinks, while others can get something out of it with no intention of making a cocktail. The book is straightforward and easy to read; most people could enjoy it in one sitting. The puns are bound to keep people laughing no matter how invested they are in drinking.

Many people have forgotten that having a cocktail with friends is supposed to be fun. “Tequila Mockingbird” does an excellent job at reminding people of this fact. This is a great book for people to read together at a gathering, as it can be a great conversation starter. Readers can also challenge themselves to come up with literary puns that the book hasn't explored! It's no wonder this gem is one of the top-selling cocktail recipe books in the world.

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