Flavorwire offers a series of authors and their favorite drinks, such as Carson McCullers and her “Sonnie Boy”: hot tea and sherry in a thermos. In the case of many of these writers — Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald — you could just as easily say that their favorite drink was the one in front of them.
The blog Denver Handmade also provides a whiskey-based variation on the Sonnie Boy. It calls for:
- 2oz. Whiskey
- 1 or 2 Tea bags
- Tea Cup
- Knowledge of who Carson McCullers is
Heat up some water. Pour it in a cup over your tea bags. Pour in your whiskey. Add honey and lemon to taste. Let the tea bags seep for about two minutes and then take those hot bags out. Pour that Hot Sonnie Boy into your thermos and bring it to work with you so you can drink it all day Carson McCullers style.
More options for literary drinking can be found in the books The Muse In The Bottle: Great Writers on the Joy of Drinking and Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers.