15 Cocktails inspired by literary greats

Zadie Smith

One of England’s most popular living novelists, Zadie Smith was born in London to a Jamaican mother and English father. The 21-year-old Smith’s incomplete first novel was picked up after a bidding war between several publishers while she was still studying at Cambridge.

The comedic and expansive White Teeth was an instant commercial and critical success, cementing Smith’s reputation as a rising literary star. The novel follows three London families from diverse ethnic backgrounds and examines the impact of immigration on cultural identity.

Smith’s second novel, The Autograph Man, and her third, On Beauty, have also enjoyed success, with the latter being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and winning the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Smith’s latest work, Swing Time, is a story of how friendship, music and identity shape who we are as individuals.

The Zadie Smith cocktail

Shake up 1 ½ ounces of Tequila, 1 ounce of fresh grapefruit juice and ½ an ounce of honey syrup then strain into a chilled Martini glass.

Capturing the zing of postmodern irony characteristic of Smith’s work, this tart cocktail is a take on the Brown Derby, switching Tequila for Bourbon.

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