Book and Cocktail Pairings

In life, there are perfect pairings: milk and cookies, peanut butter and jelly, Bert and Ernie, my legs in leggings. But the best pairing of all is a good book, a drink in your hand, and a quiet night to enjoy them all.

4 Book and Cocktail Pairings

While I cannot provide you with a quiet night, I’m going to do my best to pair these fabulous drinks with even more amazing books. Here are four book and cocktail pairings I’d recommend:

  1. The Wedding Date and Champagne.
  2. Mystery Man and a Cosmopolitan.
  3. A Duke by Default and a Glasgow Mule.
  4. Lick and a Dirty Martini.

Grab a drink, and let’s get started.

1. The Wedding Date and Champagne

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century—or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory is fizzy happiness that leaves you floating on air. The main character, Alexa, is a kickass heroine whose own work and identity are never overshadowed by Drew, the swoon-worthy pediatrician who woos her with tacos, donuts, and respect. It’s the kind of romance that makes you have faith in the world again… and pray that you too, will get your own meet cute.

Drink Recommendation: Pour yourself a glass of champagne while reading this and, for bonus points, whip up a cheese board while you’re at it and live your best life.

2. Mystery Man and a Cosmopolitan

Night time is the right time…

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year-and-a-half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore.

Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley is—admittedly—insane. There are kidnappings and firebombs and standoffs between motorcycle clubs, policemen, and commandos. It’s over-the-top madness that I cannot get enough of. At the root of the story, Gwen, a cookie-dough-eating girl’s girl, is just out to be happy, but after coming out of a horrible relationship, she’s afraid to trust again. Hawk, my book boyfriend for life, is moody, a smidge too bossy, but has a heart larger than life, even after it’s been struck by tragedy.

Drink Recommendation: Cosmopolitan, and, if you have it, throw on a little black dress and imagine being part of Gwen’s girl squad.

Book And Cocktail Pairings Cosmo

3. A Duke by Default and a Glasgow Mule

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling sword maker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

Not only is Alyssa Cole one of my favorite authors out there, but A Duke By Default was one of my top reads of the year. The setting: Scotland. The hero: A moody sword maker who just happens to be a Duke. The story: Freaking delightful.

Portia Hobbs is one of my favorite heroines of all time. She is smart, she speaks her mind, she takes no crap, and yet, she still struggles with thoughts of self-doubt that we can all relate to. Tavish, with his Scottish brogue and dedication to underprivileged children in his community, takes responsibility for his actions and moods and makes sure Portia knows how appreciated she is. This is the love story of my dreams.

Drink Recommendation: Glasgow Mule. This delicious spin on the Moscow Mule swaps vodka for whiskey and is delightful counterpart to a delightful book!

Book And Cocktail Pairings Mule

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4. Lick and a Dirty Martini

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

Lick by Kylie Scott is, without a doubt, one of my favorite rockstar romances of all time. Evelyn wakes up in Vegas, only to discover a diamond on her finger and a rock god by her side. Something that sounds like a dream come true… just not Evelyn’s dream. Fighting with her undeniable connection with David and common sense that says you don’t marry a stranger you just met, she weaves her way through a tangled mess of ups and downs.

Drink Recommendation: Even though shots play a huge part in this book, I’d advise you to go a different direction. I think a dirty martini is the perfect pairing for this story.

Book and Cocktail Pairings for a Fantastic Evening

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Alexa Martin
Alexa Martin is a writer and stay-at-home mom. She lives in Colorado with her husband, four children, and German shepherd. When she’s not telling her kids to put their shoes on (again), you can find her catching up with her latest book boyfriend or on Pinterest pinning meals she’ll probably never make. Her first book, INTERCEPTED, is out now with Berkley.
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