Welcome to our new regular Friday evening feature, the #CanterburyCocktails, drinks with a literary twist! Join us on a pilgrimage of novels and negronis, manuscripts and martinis, poetry and Pimm's. Recipe suggestions (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) welcome!

'A Cocktail of Two Cities'

Inspired by the #DickensWorldCup being held on Twitter, this cocktail celebrates London and Paris. One shot of gin, shaken with ice and a dash of lemon juice, poured over a sugar cube, and topped up with fizz.

Recipe taken from Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, by Tim Federle.

'Bridget Jones's Daiquiri'

125g frozen strawberries blended with juice from 1/2 a lime, then mixed with a double shot of white rum. Giant pants must be worn while this drink is consumed. 

Recipe adapted from Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, by Tim Federle.

'The Life of Pi(mm's)'

One part Pimm's, three parts lemonade, plus mint, oranage, cucumber and strawberries. No tigers were harmed in the making of this cocktail.

'Gin Eyre'

Two classics combined in this drink: a double shot of gin poured over ice, topped with tonic, and served with a lime and a reminder to check your fiancé's attic the next time you hear a strange noise...

'For Whom the Bellini Tolls'

Peach puree toppped up with prosecco. Unexpected explosions can occur when adding fizz to fruit and dynamite to Spanish bridges...

'Pride and Prejuspritz'

Equal parts Aperol and prosecco, poured over ice and served with an orange slice and a splash of soda water. Bitter notes with a sweet ending. It is a drink universally acknowledged as perfect for an age of endless sitting around indoors, where taking a walk is an event and there is sandalous talk of strangers mingling...

'The Old Manhatten and the Sea'

Two shots of bourbon, one shot of sweet vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters stirred over ice, strained into a glass and garnished with a cherry and a lemon twist. Short and complex, bitter and mellow. Ideal for sipping on whilst gazing out to sea, and the perfect accompaniment to fish (particularly marlin)


Not technically a cocktail, but simply take your favourite brew, add several bloodthirsty monsters and a fragmented manuscript, sit back, and relax...

'The Turn of the Screwdriver'

A double shot of vodka, topped up with ice and fresh orange juice. Finished with a twist...

'Romeo and (Mint) Julep'

A generous double shot of bourbon shaken with mint, ice, and sugar syrup. Strained into a glass, topped with crushed ice, and garnished with mint. Do check all ingredients for poison/sleeping draughts to avoid confusion.

'Martini Chuzzlewit'

A classic, with simple themes but complex dynamics. Half a shot of dry vermouth and a double shot of gin or vodka stirred with ice. Strained and served with a a citrus twist .

'Goodnight Mister Tom Collins'

Bittersweet and nostalgic. A double shot of gin stirred with a shot of sugar syrup, a shot of lemon juice, and lots of ice. Topped with soda water and garnished with lemon and a cherry.

'The Old Fashioned Curiosity Shop'

Dissolve one sugar cube in a teaspoon of water and three dashes of Angostura bitters, add ice and a double shot of bourbon. Garnish with orange peel.