Welcome to Friday Book Drinks, where I pair up a book with a perfect drink (you know, if you're over 21. If not, there's an alcohol-free version below).
This week's drink/book pair is inspired by Andrew Smith's Winger, which I loved so much I can't stop thinking about it, and I promptly yelled at my friend until she went out and bought it.
In the book, Ryan Dean lives in what's called Opportunity Hall, which is where the terrible students go that pull pranks and don't pay attention and are generally mean. Now, Ryan Dean is a nerd, so he doesn't really fit in. But his roommate hosts weekly poker gatherings on Sunday nights, and the visitors sneak in whiskey and beer hidden in their rugby socks. Which I thought was hilarious.
Ciderhouse Whiskey is a drink perfect for Ryan Dean because he couldn't really handle the whiskey all on its lonesome (which is really the only good way to drink whiskey, but I'm helping him out here).
All you need is:
2 oz. whiskey (preferably Jim Beam if it's going to be true-schoolboy drink)
1 oz. boiled cider
You can put lemon zest in there to be fancier, but I know at a boarding school where the kids are sneaking in drinks, lemon zest is going to be out of the question. If you're not 21 yet and still want something to go along with the book, hot apple cider is always delicious, but buy mulling spices (usually near the cider or in the baking aisle) to mix in. It makes it extra sweet and sugary tasting, and really makes it a ton better. That's how orchards make it and it's why you can never get yours to taste right. Mulling spices.
All-in-all, I just wanted another excuse to recommend this book to everyone because it was so fantastic.
As always, if you make a drink, use the #FridayBookDrinks tag and let me know! I'm @happybooklovers on Twitter and Instagram, so send me pics! I would love to see them!