Best Drinks to Enjoy While Reading a Great Book

Reading is beneficial for both mental and physical health. It does not matter if you read a newspaper, magazine, poetry, or novel. While reading, you can create an easy rhythm between turning the pages and drinking coffee, tea, or any other beverage. Reading a book is the time for loneliness whether you are alone or not. Your mind buzzes from page to page and sip after sip.

Reading should not be taken lightly because you can sit down and read for hours. But you don’t embrace the big picture. In case, you are not aware of the big picture, then it is drinks, snacks, and sometimes blankets. Reading a book can snuggle you up for hours, so you need to stay hydrated. Drinking a coffee, chai latte, tea, green tea, juices, lemonades, etc. can help you to enjoy the book reading for late hours.

Best Drinks to Enjoy While Reading a Great Book

Bobby Flay’s Cucumber Cocktail Recipe

Bobby Flay’s Cucumber Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • Cucumber Vodka – 1 Cup
  • Tonic Water – 1 Cup
  • Cucumber Juice – 1/2 Cup
  • Fresh Lime Juice – 1/4 Cup
  • Simple Syrup – 1/4 Cup
  • Mint Leaves – Fresh
  • Ice Cubes

Method

Make an equal amount of water and sugar heated until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool to room temperature. Divide the ingredients in half. Now add each half to a cocktail shake and shake until combined. Now pour the mixture into the rocks glasses with ice and drink it with a perfect book to read.

Rose Sangria 

Rose Sangria

Ingredients

  • Dry Rose – 1 750ml Bottle
  • Brandy – 1/2 Cup
  • Grand Marnier – 1/2 Cup
  • Club Soda – 2 Cups (Any Flavor)
  • Oranges – 2, Sliced
  • Limes – 2, Sliced
  • Melon Balls – 1 Cup
  • Strawberries – 1 Pint, Sliced
  • Orange Sugar – 2 Tbsp

Method

Add all the fruits to the bottom of the pitcher. Pour brandy, wine, and grand Marnier in the pitcher. Pour club soda over the top and stir the mixture. For great taste, you can put it in the fridge for marination for a few minutes.

Before serving or using it while reading a book, add ice cubes to the drink and rim the glass with orange sugar. Also, add some of the boozy fruit and sangria to the top. For making orange sugar, you can use 2 tablespoons of sugar and toss it with a zest of 1/2 Cara orange.

Daiquiri 

Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • Light Rum – 2 Ounces
  • Lime Juice – 1 Ounce, Freshly Squeezed and Strained of Pulp
  • Simple Syrup – 1/2 ounce
  • Ice – 2 Cup, Crushed

Method

Chill the glass with ice and put it aside while preparing the cocktail. Put 2 cups of crushed ice into a cocktail shaker and pour the lime juice, rum, and simple syrup. Now cover and shake it well. Then remove the ice from the serving glass and pour the cocktail into the glass. With the mentioned ingredients, you can make 3 cups and find the best beach books to spice up your vacation

Hot Chocolate with Cream 

Hot Chocolate with Cream

Ingredients

  • Milk – 3 Cups
  • Heavy Cream – 1 Cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 Cup
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 1/4 Cup
  • Kosher Salt
  • Milk Chocolate – 6 Ounces, Chopped
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – 1 Tsp
  • Marshmallows or Whipped Cream

Method

Combine the heavy cream, milk, cocoa powder, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Also, add a pinch of salt according to your taste. Cover the saucepan and cook it over medium heat. Make sure the mixture does not boil. Remove it from the heat once the cocoa powder and sugar are mixed in the milk.

Now half of the chopped chocolate needs to be melted and the other half should be whisked until smooth. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the pure vanilla extract. Pour it in the cups when hot and serve it with whipped cream or marshmallows toppings. You can enjoy this drink while reading a longest-running book series at night.

Coffee 

Coffee

The caffeine in the coffee creates a perfect pairing for reading the books. It sharpens your mind and keeps your concentration on the book reading. This is why most bookstores serve coffee. Pairing coffee and books brings a place of easy contemplation and near silence to you. While reading a book, you can make a flat white, cappuccino, latte, iced latte, mocha, espresso, etc. 

All you need is coffee to make your book reading interesting such as The Interesting History of Stepford Wives.

Flat White

Flat White

Ingredients

  • Espresso – 18g, Ground
  • Milk – 100ml

Method

If you have a coffee machine, then make perfect use out of it. Make a 35ml espresso using the coffee machine and pour it into the cup. With the steamer, steam the milk until it makes 1 to 2 cm of foam on the top. Hold the jug 3 to 4 cm above the cup and pour the milk steadily. As the volume increases in the cup, bring the jug of milk to the center of the cup where you can make a design.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Ingredients

  • Espresso – 18g, Ground
  • Milk – 150ml
  • Cocoa Powder – Optional

Method

With a coffee machine, make around 35ml espresso and pour it into the cup. Now steam the milk and pour it into the cup when it makes 4 to 6cm of foam. Fill up the cup with steamed milk according to your requirement and serve it with cocoa powder topping. While reading a book, the fresh aroma of coffee can keep you concentrated on the book.

Pairing of Summer Drinks and Books

Drink

Book

Writer(s)

Rose Sangria

You Think It, I’ll Say It

Curtis Sittenfeld

Daiquiri

Social Creature

Tara Burton

Rosemary Gin Fizz

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare

Gin + Tonic

Brideshead Revisited

Evelyn Waugh

Cucumber Mint Gimlet

Circe

Madeline Miller

Ginger Beer or Cocktail

Everything Here Is Beautiful

Mira Lee

 Pairing of Winter Drinks and Books

Drink

Book

Writer(s)

Hot Chocolate

In The Midst of Winter

Isabel Allende

Hot Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

Laura Esquivel

Eggnog

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

Chai Latte

A Good Cry

Nikki Giovanni

Chai Tea

State of Wonder

Ann Patchett

Tea

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Lisa See

Chamomile Tea

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Helen Oyeyemi

English Breakfast Tea

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

Espresso

Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine

Diane Williams

Black Coffee

City of Glass

Paul Auster

Black Coffee

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Mocha

How Hard Can It Be

Allison Pearson

Cappuccino

You Be Mother

Meg Mason

Cappuccino

Call Me By Your Name

Andre Aciman

Cappuccino

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

Flat White

The Tiger’s Prey

Wilbur Smith

Flat White

The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion

Flat White

The Shoes of the Fisherman

Morris West

Cold Brew

Hit Refresh

Satya Nadella

Iced Coffee

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Latte

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Mulled Wine

Seven Days of Us

Francesca Hornak

Champagne

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

Champagne

The Queen of the Night

Alexander Chee

Apple Cider

Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari

Hot Apple Cider

Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie
 

Reading A Book – Best Drink and Book Pairing

Drinks such as cocktails, beers, champagne, etc., or coffee, latte, cappuccino, flat white, chai tea, etc. make a perfect pairing for different books. While reading a book, you can choose any of the summer or winter drinks to pair with your book. It depends on the book you are reading, which might be an intense story like one of the longest fantasy series indulging you into a different realm.

Some books snuggle you up for hours, so you need to keep yourself hydrated. Coffee or tea, on the other hand, can help you to stay up for late-night reading. Caffeine in coffee or tea sharpens your mind and helps you to concentrate on reading. For longer hours, you can pair your book with any of the drinks you like. Also, you can use a drink depending on the plot of the book that makes you crave it.