If you’re planning to throw a party and want to make it truly one of a kind, a book-themed gathering is a great choice. Not only can you celebrate the classics, like Pride & Prejudice or To Kill a Mockingbird, but you can incorporate some of your more modern favorites, too. 

One great way to work some fun into your book-themed party is to add a few literary-themed cocktails to your drink menu. If you’re looking for inspiration, Tequila Mockingbird, a book of literary-inspired cocktails written by Tim Federle, offers some great options.

To get the ideas flowing, here are a few fun cocktails to add to your next party.

The Gryffindor

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, this Chambord-based drink will fit right in at your bookish party. Cranberry and orange juice plus a cherry and orange peel garnish give this drink the classic red-and-gold Gryffindor look. 

Atone-Mint Julep

Atonement by Ian McEwan is a classic, so it’s only natural to have a drink inspired by it. This tasty concoction combines blueberry vodka with lemon juice, sparkling water, simple syrup, and mint leaves to create a refreshing beverage for your guests. 

Catcher in the Rye

Inspired by the eponymous book, Catcher in the Rye combines rye whiskey, sherry, Grand Marnier, amber liqueur, and bitters. If you want to give a nod to Salinger at your Christmas party, this is a great option. 

Peeta’s Pear Punch

Young Adult books of the dystopian variety are a popular genre with adults and the younger generation. Peeta’s Pear Punch is inspired by The Hunger Games, the best-selling series by Suzanne Collins. This drink uses a bourbon base that is mixed with pear juice and a Numi honeybush tea bag to create a drink worthy of a dystopian-themed event. 

Red Rum

A Halloween party wouldn’t be complete without a drink inspired by the King of Horror. Red Rum, inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining, uses rum, grenadine, and orange juice that, combined, make the perfect drink for your Halloween bash. 

Puck’s Fizz

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an excellent inspiration for a summer gathering with friends. Puck’s Fizz, a drink that combines cognac, champagne, and bitters, will round out your party’s menu perfectly. 

Nothing adds that extra dash of fun to a party like a signature drink, so if you want to try your hand at a book-themed cocktail, the possibilities for inspiration are endless. So whether you’re throwing a party or just want to cozy up with a fun drink that complements your latest book, a bookish cocktail is the way to go.