Summer Cocktails and Book Pairings for Every Taste

A photo of a woman sitting at a wood table and reading a large book with a orange cocktail and a iPhone in front of her. She is wearing a white t-shirt. The drink is in a tropical cocktail glass with a straw, swirled garnish and citrus fruit slice garnish.The photo shows her neck and torso.

There is something about long summer nights – taking their time to stretch across the sky – that makes me want to lie back, open a good book and enjoy a well-concocted drink.

We can all enjoy a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) during this time of the year.  

Like wine and cheese, cocktails and books go together in the best way! Whatever your reading taste, Anythink has you covered. Stop by the cookbook section at your Anythink library to check out a variety of books with cocktail recipes. 

Here are some of our favorite pairings for the summer’s most popular books with cocktails recipes to match. Sip and read through the end of summer.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Cocktail Pairing: A Malibu Bay Breeze

You'll  need: Malibu rum, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, ice, lime slices

How to make it: Fill pitcher with ice to the top. Add equal parts rum, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. The juice with the highest sugar content goes on the bottom, the rum goes in the middle and the juice with the lowest sugar content goes on top. Use a spoon to slowly pour the top juice on top. Pour over ice in a cocktail glass. Add a slice of lime on the rim. 

Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Cocktail Pairing: The Golden Cadillac

You'll need: ¾ ounce cream, ¾ ounce white crème de cacao liqueur, ¾ ounce Galliano L'Autentico liqueur, ice

How to make it: Pour the cream, white crème de cacao and Galliano in a cocktail shaker filled with ince. Shake well, strain and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Cocktail Pairing: An Astronaut

You'll need: 1 ½ ounces vodka, 1 ½ ounces light rum, 1 ½ ounces dark rum, 5 ounces lemon-lime soda, splash of pineapple juice, ice, twist of lime or lemon

How to make it: Pour the vodka, light rum and dark rum into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Add soda and a splash of pineapple juice. Serve with a twist of lime (or lemon), and serve.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Cocktail Pairing: An Apple Pie on the Rocks

You'll need: 1 ounce vanilla vodka, 1 ounce Fireball whiskey, 4 ounces apple juice, pinch of ground cinnamon, brown sugar, ice

How to make it: Wet the rim of your rocks glass just a little. Gently sugar the rim with the brown sugar. In a martini shaker, pour the vodka, Fireball, apple juice and ground cinnamon together with a handful of ice cubes. Shake 10 times and pour the contents into the glass without wiping off the sugar rim. Serve chilled with a cinnamon stick.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Cocktail Pairing: A Taste of the Caribbean

You'll need: 2 ounces rum, 1 ounces orange juice, 2 ounces pineapple juice, 1 ounce cream of coconut, 1 ounce coconut milk, ice, fruit garnish (optional)

How to make it: Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Garnish with fruit.

The Cellist by Daniel Silva

Cocktail Pairing: A Mocktail Mule

You'll need: 1 lime, 4 ounces ginger beer, 2 ounces club soda, ice, mint leaves or extra mix-ins (optional)

How to make it: Juice one lime. Mix freshly-squeezed lime juice and club soda in a glass. Add ice. Pour in ginger beer and mix. You can flavor with mint, watermelon or blueberries.