Books & Cocktails Closing Event

For our Books and Cocktails closing event, we offer you four recipes to choose from— two alcoholic options and two non-alcoholic! Choose the recipe below that you prefer or make something completely different. Bring a book recommendation and let’s raise our glasses to a wonderful literary festival! And don't forget to RSVP below!


Virgin Cucumber Gimlet

1.5 oz club soda
4-5 slices of muddled cucumber 1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup

Optional: 2 oz gin

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Serve in a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a rolled cucumber slice. You can also add gin, if you like.

Virgin Rasperry Kir

I think this non-alcoholic kir is better like this than with white wine!

1 1/2 oz. raspberry syrup
sparkling cider or white grape juice lemon twist

Pour syrup into a chilled wine glass. Add a half glass of juice or sparkling cider and stir gently. Twist lemon peel over the glass and drop it in.

The kir comes from Canon Félix Kir (1876 - 1968), a French Catholic priest, resistance fighter and mayor of Dijon, who wanted to promote Burgundy products, in this case black currants (cassis).


Plum-Basil Gin Fizz

1 ripe plum, pitted, half diced and half sliced 5 large basil leaves
2 oz. gin
1 oz. simple syrup
Seltzer, to top drink
Lime wedge, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the diced plum and basil leaves. Fill the shaker with ice; add the gin & simple syrup. Place on the shaker lid and shake for 1 minute. Pour into a glass filled the sliced plum. Fill glass to the top with seltzer and garnish with lime wedge.


1 jigger of bourbon or rye 1 hint of sweet vermouth
1 hint of dry vermouth
1 drop of Angostura bitters 1 twist lemon peel

Shake the contents with shaved ice and pour into the glass through a strainer.

October 24, 2021 at 1:00pm - 3pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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