8 Summer Reads and Their Corresponding Summer Drinks

Forget those dreaded days of assigned high school reading; it’s time to revamp your summer bookshelf and we have just the drinks on tap to do the job.

Please drink responsibly, and don’t dog-ear your pages.

Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Drink of Choice: Mint Julep

– 1 scant ounce minted simple syrup
– 2 cups crushed ice
– 2 ounces bourbon
– Fresh mint sprig

Combine syrup, 1 cup of ice, bourbon, and water in an 1800s-era appropriate glass. Once mixed, add remaining ice and top with mint. Enjoy in the shade of an oak tree and always remember: tomorrow is another day.

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The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan
Drink of Choice: Rosé

Recommended: 2016 JUSTIN Rosé

Marina Keegan’s collection of essays were published posthumously in 2012 and garnered attention both for their heart and humanity. To enjoy this tender and insightful read, try a glass of something equally as sweet and unique.

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Everything All At Once, Bill Nye
Drink of Choice: Merlot

Recommended: Chatter Creek Merlot 2010

Billy Nye started his professional career with the Boeing Corporation in Seattle, so what better to drink than a red wine from Washington? With a terroir that highlights the impact of the region’s earth and climate, sip at your leisure as you read about the scientific forces at work across all of planet earth (including climate change) at this very moment.

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Where’d You Go Bernadette, Maria Semple
Drink of Choice: Moscato
Recommended: Cupcake Moscato d’Asti

For the quintessential summer read about a family in limbo, you will require something equally as delightful and multidimensional. This wine is as fruit-forward as the story is comedy-forward, with hints of florals and zest that make this book-wine pairing a perfect complement.

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The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
Drink of Choice: Pinot Noir

Recommended: Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2014

For a story that alludes to many of the current social and political issues at odds today, you may prefer a drink that is grounded. Medium-bodied and rich with berry flavors, this Sonoma wine can take the edge off Atwood’s bleak future, while simultaneously offering comfort and liquid courage to help readers process this emotionally impactful novel.

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Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
Drink of Choice: Bee’s Knees Cocktail

1 ½ oz. White Rum
¼ oz. Lemon Juice
½ oz. Honey

Shake mix with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. If to your taste, garnish the rim with sugar and a lemon wedge or two. Milk and Honey has welcomed in a resurgence of poetry to mainstream audiences, and the contrast of flavors in this cocktail mirrors the contrasting emotions in Kaur’s uniquely familiar work.

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Drink of Choice: Champagne


Although it might be unusual for some of us to dust off this book from our assigned summer reading lists, it will come as no surprise that champagne is the perfect companion. Find yourself a large party and consider making your drink even more intimate by adding sliced strawberries to your glass.

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Drink of Choice: Vodka

Well, you’re in a hurry, aren’t you?

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