Friday, February 3, 2012

Read a Book, Sip a Cocktail No. 14

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I must admit that this is the only Jane Austen book that I have actually read from start to finish and I really enjoyed it despite it not being the most readable of texts.  The language is very different from what we read these days, but truly that is part of what makes it so enchanting.  The story of course is the other enchanting part, which is why it is the perfect story to capture on film and I absolutely love all of the cinematic renditions, from the BBC television series starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, to Gurinder Chadha's Bride and Prejudice, to Keira Knightley and Mathew Macfadyen's version of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.  Of course, my favorite line is when Darcy says "you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."  Wowza. Bottle that up and give me a life time supply.  Which leads me to my cocktail pairing called "Love and Abandon".  In this case we are embracing our youth with a frothy milk shake and abandoning the straight laced version for an amped up and grown up concoction.  I used a classic combo of strawberries and bananas, but the booze gives it a nice kick. I wouldn't go heavy on the liquor lest you lose the taste of the fresh strawberries and creamy ice cream.  I used vanilla ice cream, but strawberry ice cream would work just as well or maybe even better.  I would hope that Lizzie and Darcy wouldn't be too proud to slurp this baby down.

Love and Abandon
1 oz. Strawberry vodka
1 oz. Banana liqueur
2 Scoops of vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup of Milk
A few fresh strawberries

How to: Add vodka, banana liqueur, ice cream, milk and strawberries to a blender. Blend away and serve in a tall glass of your choice. Garnish with a strawberry and add a straw to top off this adult milk shake nicely.

The vanilla creamy-goodness

Banana liqueur (90 proof!), ice cream and fresh strawberries

The yummy final product and I just had to include the quote from the 2005 film version.


  1. This is a fab post. I've bookmarked. Come to think of it p&p's. The only Jane Austen I,ve finished. But the i've read it more than once too I love it so much.

  2. I've only read Jane Austen in the last year or so. I used to say that everything I know about her books I learned from PBS because I'd watch all of the movies they made based on her books.

    Have you ever watched Lost in Austen? If you're a strict Austen fan, you may not like it, but if you can handle with the story being changed, you might love it, it's a very funny retelling of the classic with a very contemporary twist.

  3. I lobster love "Pride and Prejudice". I read it every few years, and never get tired of it. I've read so many of the "sequels", too (some were terrible, but some have been very good). And though I love me some Colin Firth, and I saw him first, Matthew Macfadyen is MY Darcy. I love, love, love him. (And if you ever do find a way to bottle that, send it my way!).