15 Cocktails inspired by literary greats

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s awards are too numerous to list, and she has received over fifty honorary degrees. She is best known for her 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which deals with the racism and rape she experienced as a child. It was the first of seven works that she would complete during her lifetime, writing in an episodic and unique literary style that has changed the face of American memoir.

Though she is better known for her prose, Angelou considered herself a poet and playwright before she started writing her autobiographies, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 collection Just Give me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie. Her civil rights activism saw her working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Maya Angelou cocktail

Shake 1 ½ ounces of white rum, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon of grenadine and the same amount of amontillado Sherry together then strain into a lowball glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Angelou’s writing process involved locking herself in a hotel room with a bottle of Sherry, so it features in her eponymous sip – a sweet and uplifting blend of white rum and pineapple juice.

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