15 Cocktails inspired by literary greats

Karen Blixen

You might know this Danish author better as Isak Dinesen, the pen name
 under which she wrote her most famous book, Out of Africa, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

Published in 1937, the lyrical memoir chronicles the seventeen years Blixen spent on her coffee plantation in Kenya, and provides an insightful record of colonial influence in the area. She also wrote fiction such as Seven Gothic Tales and Babette’s Feast.

She usually wrote first in English, before translating her own work into Danish, was admired by Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote. She was considered for the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature but became ineligible when she died that year.

The Karen Blixen cocktail

Shake 1 ounce of vodka with 1 ounce of cold espresso , 1 ounce of amaretto and 1 ½ tablespoons of cream. Pour into a chilled Martini glass and run a twist of orange peel around the rim then toss into the glass as a garnish.

Tipping its hat to Blixen’s beloved coffee plantation, this cocktail skips the coffee liqueur and goes straight for the real thing. A cool blend of espresso, vodka, amaretto and cream, this caffeine kick is a fitting tribute to this Danish author.

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