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Cocktail Recipes for Enjoying a Good Book

April 27, 2018

Amy Haimerl, founder of the Shady Ladies Literary Society, commissions women bartenders in Detroit to create signature drinks to pair with books at Shady Ladies events. Check out some recent cocktail recipes, and enjoy while reading!

Photos and recipes courtesy of Amy Haimerl


Caught Between

cocktail recipe

Created by Dorothy Elizabeth


1.5 oz. London dry gin

3/4 oz. fresh lemon

3/4 oz. cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice syrup

3 oz. Rooibos tea

Shake, serve.

Drink with Zinzi Clemmon’s novel “What We Lose.”


Maya’s Apple

cocktail recipes

Created by Mallery Heise for The Apparatus Room


2 oz. Journeyman Distillery Silver Cross Whiskey

1/4 oz. ginger infused honey

1/2 oz. roasted apple demerara syrup

3/4 oz. lemon juice

2 dashes Bittercube Jamaican #1 bitters

Shake, serve over ice.

Drink with Bethany Ball’s novel “What To Do About The Solomons.”


Mama Agba’s Tea

cocktail recipes

Created by Casey Brooks for Cafe 78 at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit


1 oz. chamomile infused vodka

1 oz. white rum

1/2 oz. blood orange liqueur

3/4 oz. honey syrup

2 dashes lavender bitters

1/4 oz.  liquid butterfly pea flower

Serve over ice and top with soda. Use a lemon wedge for garnish (and to set off color change).

Drink with Tomi Adeyemi’s novel “Children of Blood and Bone.”

Read more about the Shady Ladies Literary Society in SEEN’s May Issue.

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