Five Drink Recipes Based on French Poetry Classics

by a contributor

from Chris Fox, author of Missed Connections:

1. A Season in Hell

2 oz habanero tequila
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes pepper
3 dashes celery salt
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 tsp horseradish
1 tsp Dijon mustard (optional)
Tomato juice

Build the ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes. Top with tomato juice. Mix well by rolling back and forth from one glass to another. Garnish with pitchfork.

2. The Dice Cup

1 oz vodka
1 oz coffee liqueur
Cream or milk

Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur in an old-fashioned glass with 6 ice cubes, fill with equal amounts of cream and cola. Shake and roll.

3. Capital of Pain

1 bottle tequila

Serve straight.

4. Earthlight

3 oz Tonic water
3 oz Gin
Garnish with a wedge of lime

In a highball glass filled with ice cubes, add gin and tonic. Drink will glow in black light. Goes well with companion drink Claire de Lune (chilled vodka served over dry ice).

5. Jaundiced Loves

1 oz Limoncello (chilled)
4 oz sparkling wine (chilled)
5-6 fresh blackberries or raspberries
Crushed ice

Place a spoonful of crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass and top with fruit. Combine the sparkling wine and Limoncello in a mixing glass and stir lightly to mix, being careful not to destroy the bubbles. Pour over the berries and ice. Drink anywhere you think toads might gather.