Bookish Brews, A Coffee Challenge

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***Winner Update***

Christina from You Book Me All Night Long wins for deliciousness, originality, wittiness, and making me spew coffee from laughing:

“OK, this was too much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a blast coming up with my bookish brew, which Iโ€™ve called The Pitcher of Dorian Earl Gray. Itโ€™s very easy to make โ€” simply brew the tea, let it cool to room temperature, then pour it over ice and serve. Mix the room-temperature beverage with a syrup composed of sugar and water, if youโ€™re craving something a little more sinfully decadent. But above all, make sure you take a photo of the pitcher before serving the tea. The picture will look less and less appealing with time, but youโ€™ll ensure that your beverage will taste fresh and delicious forever!”

Send me your mailing address to amanda.l.addisonATgmailDOTcom or Direct Message me on Twitter (nerdybookgirl). Congrats!

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I don’t know about you, but nothing pairs with a book like a mug of coffee or a cup of tea. I’m also sure that some level of caffeinating is underway for nearly all of us readathoners. What better way to celebrate the joys of my most favorite bookish beverage than with a java-junkie mini-challenge. Here we go:

The goal is to dream-up a coffee or tea related beverage with a literary bent. There are many ways to go about this:

1) You could spin me a pun: example — The Metamorphopress of Kafkas (French press of coffee)

2) You could have something inspire by a book or author: — example The Robert Frost (a mint mocha)

3) Or you could find some other creative bent. Maybe a coffee or tea drink a certain character would have loved.

What I need from you is the marriage of coffee/tea and books. Make sure to put the “recipe” out to the side so I know exactly what the drink contains. You will be judged based on cleverness, originality, and perceived deliciousness.

The winner will be announced at the end of hour 12. The winner will receive one pound of Inman Perk Coffee and perhaps a few other surprises.

If you really hate coffee and tea (what are you a robot?) then feel free to submit a different literary beverage, just be aware that if you win you get coffee.

May the Froth be with you!

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42 comments

  1. I guess we comment ours? Ok here we go:

    The zip liner! (based off Beatrice Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth)

    The zip liner is a strong coffee with punch in your face flavors.

    Needed:
    Coffee
    2 shots of espresso + energy
    cinnamon flavoring (or alcohol if you are over 21)
    chocolate coffee creamer

    Mix together and serve hot. It is as bold and brave as Beatrice is when she goes down the zip line

  2. I love this idea! Ok, here’s mine:

    It’s called the Henry James and it’s a mix of Italian roast coffee (because of all the books James set in Italy: Daisy Miller, The Italians, The Aspern Papers, etc.) and Earl Grey tea because he spent most of his life as an ex pat in England and probably drank loads of tea.

    So a bit of Earl Grey tea, Italian roast coffee and a touch of cream and you have a Henry James!

  3. Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun is about people no longer being able to sleep so I think I’ll make a drink these people might not need but act as if they had consumed… It’s shall be known as:

    The Dark Night of Espresso
    4 shots of espresso
    2 teaspoons of energizing sugar
    and a small silver spoon for stirring

  4. I’m actually drinking a coffee called “The Prince of Darkness” … and I’m reading a book about Zombies where the evil guy is very much the devil incarnate!

  5. OK, this was too much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a blast coming up with my bookish brew, which I’ve called The Pitcher of Dorian Earl Gray. It’s very easy to make — simply brew the tea, let it cool to room temperature, then pour it over ice and serve. Mix the room-temperature beverage with a syrup composed of sugar and water, if you’re craving something a little more sinfully decadent. But above all, make sure you take a photo of the pitcher before serving the tea. The picture will look less and less appealing with time, but you’ll ensure that your beverage will taste fresh and delicious forever!

      1. Thanks so much! I’ve emailed you with my infoโ€ฆhope that’s OK. (I just got a Twitter account and basically still don’t know how to use it, haha.)

  6. The Virginia Woolf
    This strong southern blend of coffee is key for work days where you just can’t get out of bed. It is a rich and husky mixture, with an all-natural, Americana feel to it, but with kicks of cold mint and to top off the already howlingly cold mixture.
    Recipe:
    Coffee
    1 shot of espresso
    Mint flavoring
    Vanilla Almond creamer

  7. The James Joyce: It’s a gallon of what might be coffee but the only way to tell is to have a barista carefully explain everything to you as a you slowly sip it. On the plus side, once you are done, you can now tell all your friend you had a Joyce.

  8. Hedwigs Brew ( Inspired from The Harry Potter series)

    French pressed Dark roast Coffee

    Hazelnut coffee cream

    1 pinch of nutmeg

    root beer based whip cream (to represent butter beer)

    shavings of orange infused chocolate

  9. Mocha Brew of Anti-Dementor*:

    A triple shot of chocolate and espresso in a regular coffee with lightly foamed milk and just a touch of sugar. Not only will it cure you after being faced with a Dementor, but it’s guaranteed to wake you up and eliminate the blues!
    *Note: not to be used when perfectly happy and calm as side effects include jitteriness, nervousness,queasiness, and paranoia followed by intense exhaustion. Use sparingly, as may cause addiction. Ceasing after long-term use may cause headaches and other withdrawal symptoms.

  10. Expecto PatronYUM- A Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino: A chocolaty drink to ward of dementors!
    Dauntless Cake Cocktail- Chocolate Cake Cocktail (An over 21 drink) For the Dauntless who love their cake and alcohol.
    The Capitol’s Raspberry Soup Smoothie- The Raspberry soup Katniss tries during the victory tour at Snow’s Mansion but in smoothie form. (Cause having it in soup form didn’t sound very appetizing in the first place!)
    Coffee on Fire (Girl on Fire’s Coffee)- Pumpkin Spice Latte

  11. My drink would be the Perky Southern Belle: This is the generic sweet and happy southern girl that appears in many books; few exist in real life! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Perky Southern Belle: don’t forget to stir and can be iced on a hot summer day
    12 oz of coffee (a cup just will not do)
    a drop or two of peppermint extract
    a pour of heavy cream (calories don’t count in the South)
    a splash of bourbon (define splash by type of day you are having)
    a spoonful of sugar (again define spoonful by type of day you are having)

    Fun challenge!

  12. I give to you: The Forgettable: A cup of coffee and 5 shots of whisky. Inspired by The Unremembered #1! I’m sure it’ll live up to it’s name… (Don’t try this!)

  13. Okay, since I just finished Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton, which is about Pharaoh Hatshepsut, my proposed drink is…

    Pharaoh Hatshepsip

    Black tea
    Honey
    Almond syrup
    Cinnamon
    Blessing from the gods

    While the Pharaoh didn’t drink tea, Thornton’s book mentioned honey, almonds, and cinnamon fairly frequently, and more than one curse from the gods. But I figure a blessing would be a nice topper! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Kvothe’s (Inspired somehow by the Name of the Wind because it’s sweet like Kvothe but it also has a bitter taste, which would be his past)

    2 shots of espresso
    1/4 of cold milk
    A ball of cream ice-cream
    Cacao powder

    Prepare the coffe and add the milk (and sugar). Let it cool.
    Add the ice-cream and sprinkle the cacao powder on top.

  15. President Snow Tea (Based on the Hunger Games)

    President Snow Tea is made on a really cold and snowy day. First, you must go out and collect a bucket of fresh snow. Then, you will bring the snow in and begin heating it up on the stove. Next, you will need to collect some fresh Red Rose petals. You will bake the rose petals in the oven until they are crispy and then you must grind them up into a powder form. Then, you will take that powder and place it into a tea steeper. You will add your snow water into a cup and place the rose steeper in for five minutes until the rose powder takes to the tea. Also, add a few fresh rose petals for decoration. Wah-La! President Snow Tea! Enjoy!

  16. Nice blog!
    I agree that nothing pairs with a book like a mug of coffee or a cup of tea! I start my day with a cup of favorite Kona coffee I always smell the lovely aroma while having coffee.

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