15 Cocktails inspired by literary greats

4th April, 2017 by Lucy Shaw

Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald, the original flapper, was married to American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, best know for The Great Gatsby. In addition to basing many of his female characters on Zelda, and using their conversations for dialogue in his novels, Fitzgerald lifted entire passages from Zelda’s journals to furnish his creative work and based Tender is the Night on their volatile relationship.

When she tried to become creative in her own right, through ballet and writing, Scott grew jealous. She was eventually committed to 
an asylum, and diagnosed with schizophrenia. While in the asylum, Zelda wrote her only novel, Save Me the Waltz based loosely on her life.

The Zelda Fitzgerald cocktail

Mix 1 ½ ounces of gin, 1 ounce of honey, 1 ounce of ginger beer and ½ ounce of lemon juice in a shaker. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.

In Zelda’s honour, this gin-based cocktail twists on a Prohibition classic.

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