Get high-brow with your boozing with sumptuous book-inspired cocktails
From Ernest Hemingway and his penchant for Mojitos to Oscar Wilde and his taste for absinthe, great literature and stiff drinks have gone hand in hand since time immemorial. Continuing this grand tradition this month is The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie, which has launched a special range of book-inspired cocktails in honour of the arrival of the Cambridge Literary Festival (23-25 November).
Go down the rabbit hole with the Alice in Wonderland: a concoction of quintessentially English flavours including an aromatic Bombay Sapphire gin with a serve of Fever-Tree elderflower tonic and a splash of the Ivy 1917 breakfast tea (the Mad Hatter would approve).
You can also sample a Don Quixote, which takes its inspiration from Miguel de Cervantes’ eponymous hero and features a heady blend of Grey Goose, Patron XO Café, Jalapeno Syrup, an espresso shot with double cream – it’s a sweet, spicy, creamy, caffeine-kick of a winner.
There’s also a tipple inspired by The Golden Goose by The Brothers Grimm, plus Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, and all are presented at the table in an Ivy Collection cocktail book casing for a little added theatre. Available until 25 November, the drinks start at £9.95. Find out more about Cambridge Literary Festival here.