15 Cocktails inspired by literary greats

Simone de Beauvoir

French writer and intellectual Simone de Beauvoir is best known for her classic work of feminist philosophy The Second Sex, published in 1949, which addresses the history of women’s oppression and contains her famous statement on gender performativity, that “one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”.

Born in 1908 into a bourgeois family, de Beauvoir rebelled against the gender and class expectations of her time to pursue a life of intellectualism, an experience recounted in her 1958 autobiography Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter.

It also recalls her early days with existential philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, with whom she would have a lifelong relationship. Although she is known for her critical theory, de Beauvoir also wrote novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins.

The Simone de Beauvoir cocktail

Combine 1 ounce of brandy and an equal measure of Port into a cocktail shaker with ½ a fluid ounce of honey cinnamon syrup and ¼ of an ounce of lemon juice Strain into a chilled brandy snifter and garnish with a twist of lemon.

The next time you’re sitting down for some serious feminist philosophising, grab a brandy snifter and arm yourself with this elegant cocktail. The cocktail is a rich blend of brandy and Port, with cinnamon syrup for a touch of spice and lemon juice for bite.

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