Love in the Time of Kahlua: A Literary-Inspired Cocktail

What’s better than a good book? I’m inclined to say not much, but a delicious, Friday-after-work-cocktail sure does try to top it. Sound blasphemous? Well, today, we’re giving you both!

For this recipe, we opened up Tequila Mockingbird for inspiration, and “Love in Time of Kahlúa” hit us like Florentino seeing Fermina for the first time. If you’ve never read Love in the Time of Cholera, its pages are rife with rich, poetic language, the author’s signature magical realism, and the protagonist’s passionate — often times obsessive — pining over his love, Fermina. For Florentino, lovesickness becomes a real illness, suffering in the wake of her absence, until they are reunited after “fifty-one years, nine months and four days.” (But who’s counting?) And, of anyone deserves such love, it’s Fermina. She is independent, capable, and proud, all the while being caring and nurturing, with a fanatical love for plants and animals. Sound like anyone you know? 

At its heart, it’s about a love stronger than the stiffest drink, and the strange events that can unfold when one is wildly overcome with passion. A book this beautifully-written, spellbinding, and alive with interesting characters deserves a nod that’s at once sweet and spicy, with a flavor you’ll remember long after it’s gone. 

Love in the Time of Kahlúa

201610_138668_5382_800-x-600Pictured: Tequila Mockingbird, Gold Crush Mug Set

What You’ll Need: 
(Makes 1 drink)
1 oz. Light rum
1/2 oz. Coffee liqueur (like Kahlúa)
2 oz. Light cream
Ground cinnamon
Ice (optional)
A good book

How To: 
Combine an ounce of light rum with half an ounce of Kahlúa and pour over ice. Top with two ounces of light cream and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Mix with a cinnamon stick for an extra kick. In the world of Florentino, the spicier the better!

While this drink is best served cold, its vivacious ingredients warm the soul like a hot cup of Columbian coffee. For this, we’re sipping its sweetness out of mugs that can only hope to partially emulate the allure and beauty of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism.

201610_138668_5400_800-x-800 Like Florentino falling madly in love with Fermina at first sight, this drink will likely conjure passionate adoration after just one sip. Salúd!

Thirsty for more unique cocktails? Dive into the other delectable recipes of Tequila Mockingbird for drinks perfect for an afternoon of reading, your next book club meeting, and everything in between! Remember: don’t drink and drive. But do drink and read! 

+What inspires you in the kitchen? Tell us about a book you’d love to recreate into a cocktail recipe! “One Drink, Two Drinks, Red Drink, Blue Drink” sounds promising.

About Jordyn

When she's not yell-singing how she feels à la Linda Belcher, you can catch Jordyn obsessing over birds, bolo ties, and anything Sailor Moon. At her chillest, she’s watching David Attenborough documentaries or reorganizing her plants and tchotchkes for the 57th time.

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  1. Dorothy Ann Kovar 10/18/2016 at 12:44 am #

    How do I order the golden mugs?

  2. Amanda 12/09/2016 at 11:18 pm #

    I’d love to see more literary themed cocktails!

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