15 Cocktails inspired by literary greats

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley was the daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, as well as a founder of the science fiction genre. Her most famous work, Frankenstein, examines the themes of science versus nature and ethics in science.

Shelley cited a nightmare as the origin of Frankenstein, which she told as a ghost story at the request of some friends, including Lord Byron, during a party. She was encouraged to draw the narrative out into a novel.

At the time Shelley’s husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, was thought to have exercised a great deal of conceptual and editorial power over the work, though she denied any major influence.

The Mary Shelley cocktail

Mix 1 ½ fluid ounces of Port and the same measure of Scotch in a shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

The wine-based cocktail features Port and Scotch to give it extra warmth and kick. We can imagine Shelley drinking this while curled up next to a roaring fire putting pen to paper during a storm as she fleshed out the tale that was to become one of science fiction’s most formative narratives.

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