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Forget Tequila Mockingbird—whip up a batch of these classic cocktails, inspired by five top authors’ favorite drinks, to give Book Club night an elegant twist.

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Gin Rickey

Fitzgerald appreciated the gin rickey for its featured spirit—which he thought to be less detectable on his breath—and it was the chosen cocktail of his bon vivant characters (The Great Gatsby), as well.

How to Make a Gin Rickey Cocktail:
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add ¼ cup (2 oz.) gin and 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice; top with desired amount of club soda (between 2 and 4 Tbsp.), and stir. Garnish with lime slices, if desired. Makes 1 cocktail.

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John Steinbeck: Jack Rose

Even while unwinding at his favorite watering hole, Steinbeck didn't stray from his salt-of-the-earth ethos, favoring the jack rose, a workingman's cocktail fueled by applejack brandy (aka "Jersey lightning").

How to Make a Jack Rose Cocktail:
Combine 3 Tbsp. (1½ oz.) applejack, 1½ Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, and 1 Tbsp. (½ oz.) grenadine in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a lemon twist. Makes 1 cocktail.

Ernest Hemingway: Hemingway Daiquiri

"Papa" preferred his drinks on the boozier side, so the El Floridita in Havana nixed the sugar and doubled the amount of rum in its daiquiri, eventually christening the drink (pictured at top) in his honor.

How to Make a Hemingway Daiquiri (or the Papa Doble):
Combine ½ cup ice cubes, 6 Tbsp. (3 oz.) rum, 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1 tsp. fresh grapefruit juice, and 1 Tbsp. (½ oz.) maraschino liqueur in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately. Makes 1 cocktail.

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Syvia Plath: Dry Martini

While attending a writing seminar early in her career, Plath bonded with fellow poet Anne Sexton over cold martinis and matters of the macabre at the Boston Ritz-Carlton.

How to Make a Dry Martini:
Freeze a martini glass 5 minutes. Combine 6 Tbsp. (3 oz.) gin or vodka and 2 Tbsp. (1 oz.) extra-dry vermouth in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain mixture into prepared glass. Add olives, and serve immediately. Makes 1 cocktail.

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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: Ramos Gin Fizz

Williams's formative years in the Big Easy not only influenced some of his most well-known works (Vieux Carré, A Streetcar Named Desire), but also his preference for New Orleans's frothy original.

How to Make a Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail:
Combine 3 Tbsp. (1½ oz.) gin, 2 Tbsp. simple syrup, 2 Tbsp. heavy cream, 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1 egg white, and 3 drops orange-flower water in a cocktail shaker; cover with lid, and shake 10 seconds to blend. Add ice, cover with lid, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is icy, about 30 seconds. Strain mixture into a tall glass; top with desired amount of club soda (between 2 and 4 Tbsp.), and stir. Garnish with an orange peel twist, if desired. Makes 1 cocktail.