Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas

Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas

Caroline Bicks, Michelle Ephraim

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0399173005

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In Shakespeare, Not Stirred, two professors mix equal parts booze and Bard to help you through your everyday dramas. It's like having Shakespeare right there in your living room, downing a great drink and putting your crappy day in perspective. So get out your cocktail shaker and lend him your ears.
Each original cocktail and hors d'oeuvre recipe connects Shakespeare's characters to life's daily predicaments:

   * Drown your sorrows after a workplace betrayal with Othello's Green-Eyed Monster
   * Distract yourself from domestic drama with Kate's Shrew-driver or Cleopatra's Flings in a Blanket
   * Recapture your youth with Puck's Magic 'Shrooms
   * Mark a romantic occasion with Beatrice and Benedick's Much Ado About Frothing 
Featuring classic images from the Folger Shakespeare Library (hilariously doctored to feature some hard-partying Shakespearean protagonists) and Mini-Bards you can raid for extra context and commentary, Shakespeare, Not Stirred is a completely intoxicating experience.

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white wine Fresh blueberries, for garnish In a blender, puree the vodka, lemon sorbet, frozen raspberries, frozen blueberries, simple syrup, and white wine until pink and blue become a purple blur. Pour into a heavy wineglass or goblet and top with fresh blueberries. Serve immediately. Rosalind isn’t the only girl to go boy and find love. Twelfth Night’s Viola puts on pants to work for Orsino, and then falls hard for him; Jessica dresses like a boy so she can elope with Lorenzo in The Merchant

fun at his expense spirals into some hard-core bullying worthy of an ABC Afterschool Special. The partying Sir Toby Belch and his sidekick Maria devise a plan to make Malvolio think that his boss, Countess Olivia, loves him. Maria forges a letter from Olivia instructing him to wear yellow stockings with crossed garters and to smile all the time if he wants to please her. The love-struck Malvolio obliges, and makes a total fool of himself in front of Olivia, who actually hates yellow stockings

III Society publicly acknowledged that “there is a germ of truth behind the Tudor descriptions.” Still, as one long-time Society member maintains, “There is no evidence for the hunchback, the withered arm and the limp—they are merely inventions of those trying to blacken Richard’s image.” To be continued . . . ISABELLA’S VESPERS In Measure for Measure, Isabella is a type A nun-in-training, dedicated to “strict restraint” and fasting, when—Bam!—she’s forced into a sadistic game of Would You

tavern. Jesus! Does the responsible, “together” sibling always have to clean up after the screw-up? Ultimately Claudio gets to keep his life, and Isabella gets to keep her virginity—for the moment—thanks to an undercover duke, a bed-trick, and a pirate head. (There’s a reason this is considered a “problem play.”) But that doesn’t mean she’s clear of the whole sordid affair: at the end of the play, everyone expects her to marry the duke, like she’s some kind of Edible Arrangements “Thank You”

Catherine of Aragon, so he could wed Queen Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn. Back in 1503, the pope had granted a special dispensation to Henry so that he could marry Catherine, his brother Arthur’s widow, and get around the incest prohibition in Leviticus 20:21, which considered this kind of union “unclean.” Then, in 1532, Henry used that very same biblical passage to lobby for the marriage’s annulment. His logic? God was punishing their incestuous marriage by not giving them any boy babies!

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