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