Covers and Cocktails

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”
— Casablanca

I told you books were coming! And today is a bit of a unique twist. Referencing the name sake, Mirrors and Mimosas, it’s clear I love a good cocktail. What 20 something doesn’t? And nothing goes better with a good book than a cocktail (or a hot cup of tea, but shhhh that’s not what this post is about).

So, what’s the deal with the changeling? It’s enchanting to say the least, but that wouldn’t do this novel justice. It’s refreshing and challenging and beautiful. It’s one of those books that absolutely transfixes you, from the first word. Everything about the novel is elegant and curious and foreboding and peculiar in a strange and beautiful way. From the main character who loves her gin (me too, girl. me too), to the strange children who overrun her island home, to the baby who is and is not hers.

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Beyond the astounding literary talent, the encapsulating plot, the enthralling characters, and the enchantingly bizarre world of the story, something I love about this book is it’s reminiscence of fairytale and filled with magical realism. It feels otherworldly in that sense, the fairytale sense, but the dark kind of fairytales– no Disney here.

I don’t want to give the plot away, so I won’t spoil it. But it’s a beautiful novel, perfect for these spring days, for reading slowly with a drink in hand. For enjoying in the park under a shaded tree. Follow the Gatsby-esque Pearl (the main character) through her gin-tinted journey. And do it, with my signature cocktail.

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My drink is gin. And not just gin, but this particular drink. It’s refreshing and light and perfect for the warmer months, and what better way to introduce this drink to you than with a book all about a character who’s life is irreparably tied to this drink.

So, how do you craft the Mirrors&Mimosas signature drink? You’ll need: Hendricks Gin, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, Tonic Water, Basil, and Cucumber. Start with a glass, and some ice. Separately, muddle a bit of basil, and add it to the drink. Slice two rounds of a cucumber, and add it to the glass. Finally, add one shot of St. Germaine, two (or three, your drink) shots of Hendricks, and top with Tonic Water. Stir together, and enjoy!

And, if The Changeling doesn’t sound like your drink of choice (although I really think it’s anyone’s new favorite book) here are a few of my other favorite modern fairytale/magical realist books that will add a little enchantment to your spring. And yes, I can personally vouch for all of them.

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  1. Try “The Miraculous Plot of LEITER and LOTT.” Based on The Power of Now. Greenville author.

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