The Book Bar


Part of the “pulp” appeal is spectacle through two main mediums: sex and violence. A lubricant for both (NOT LITERALLY, DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE AS LUBRICANTS) is, of course, alcohol. Drinks are often featured in one way or another in these books; it might be a signature drink ordered by the femme fatale, a sip from a flask by a detective, or something I spilled on a vintage book while reading it.

What follows is a list featuring items qualifying as a) a drink featured in a book, b) drinks with names similar to something in a book, or c) something I drank while reading a book.  Consider this list a meta-hobby.


  • Early Christmas Scotch

A Corpse For Christmas. Al Wheeler definitely liked his scotch. But I’m gonna go ahead and mix it with something, just ’cause. I don’t know why it’s “early,” but…maybe you can drink this first thing Christmas morning?

60 ml dark crème de cacao
60 ml Black Dog Centenary Scotch Whisky

via Live In Style

  • The Pansy (named for its color)

The Man From Pansy. Buzz was an avid drinker of a watered-down vodka-on-the-rocks, but I had to try this appropriately named drink.

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
6 Dashes Grenadine
1 Liqueur Glass Absinthe

via SavoyStomp


  • The Pat

Night of the Crabs. Welsh Whisky remains hard to find. The “Pat” seemed do-able both in the book and ingredient-wise.

1 Part(s) Lemonade
1 Part(s) Ginger Ale
1 Part(s) Soda Water
1 Part(s) Sours
1 part(s) Tonic Water
1 Dash(s) Grenadine Syrup

via drinklab