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Literary Agent: The Cocktail


Just in time for the scorching heat that’s blasting much of the east coast, food blog Umamimart offers a recipe for the “Literary Agent,” a cocktail that’s “a cross between a Whisky Sour and a Hemingway Daiquiri.” But it’s not the kind of agent you think. Says the blog:

Writer, adventurer, ravenous drinker, hunter, early supporter-turned-critic of Fidel Castro, exuder of much machismo, and all around man’s man and true bon vivant–these are all the various adjectives and aspects of Ernest Hemingway’s life that most recall when describing the man. But there’s one more aspect that’s lesser known, and has only come to light in the last few years, that during the early years of World War II Hemingway served as a U.S. spy in Asia, working for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, pre-cursor of the CIA) at the request of President Roosevelt. Under the guise of a honeymoon with his third wife, journalist Martha Gellhorn–a respected literary figure in her own right–the two were charged with the task of reporting back on the developing war between China and Japan.

Visit Umamimart for the full recipe—and here are some other literary drinks to wet your whistle:

  • The aforementioned Hemingway Daiquiri (aka the “Papa Doble”)
  • Recipes for cocktails inspired by F. Scott Fizgerald’s The Beautiful and the Damned and Tales of the Jazz Age and Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • A slew of drinks mentioned in Inherent Vice, The Long Goodbye, The Great Gatsby, and more. Don’t miss the “Red Rum” from (what else?) The Shining.

Got more literary drinks? Post your recipes below and help your fellow FWR readers cool down.


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