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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762448652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762448654
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It’s a little-known fact that the information in here will make anyone look and sound better than they actually do”
—David Baldacci

“…this is a wonderfully entertaining read, slight enough to be digested in one sitting, clever enough to be entertaining even if you never make a single one of the cocktails.”
—World of Beer blog

“Tequila Mockingbird is a refreshing reminder that drinking is supposed to be fun, and it brings together the kind of cocktails you’ll actually make into a book you’ll actually use.”
—DrinkSpirits.com

“You’ve never seen so many literary inside jokes in your whole life, which makes this little cookbook my new favorite thing… The commentary is hilarious, to boot.”
—FoodRiot

“Ingredient by ingredient I became a fan of the ersatz bartending guide for English majors, in which summaries of classic novels and their corresponding recipes are garnished with groan-worthy puns and sepia-toned illustrations. I toast to that!”
—Palm Beach Post

“Pun-tastic cocktail delights . . . peruse it to find your book club's next read (and cocktail).”
—Epicurious.com


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"It’s not easy to riff off childhood favorites with such a clean balance of wit and punch, but Federle nails it.”
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About the Author

Tim Federle is a Broadway actor, word nerd, cocktail enthusiast, author of the YA comic novel, Better Nate Than Ever, and former lifestyle columnist for Apartment Therapy. He lives (and drinks) in New York City. Say hi at TimFederle.com and on Twitter at @TimFederle.

Customer Reviews

It will make a great table book and be very functional.
Jordan N McHugh
This is a well-written, informative and extremely funny piece of writing.
Billie Wegler
A fun read with lots of great cocktail recipes and book titles.
Pam Williams

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79 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Pronsias on November 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The literary quips are great, funny and informative; but the cocktail recipes are absolutely useless and clearly an afterthought. There are so many fantastic books on cocktails out right now. This author should have consulted someone who is actually a great bartender or mixologist. I've been bartending for many years and I've worked with some of the best. Coming up with a quippy name for a great new cocktail certainly adds to it's staying power and even to it's enjoyment so I do respect that. It's what drew me to waste $8 on the kindle edition of the book.

The problem is, when you come up with the name first and then try to make a cocktail that fits the name (rather than the other way around), it takes some skill and knowledge and facility with making drinks. That is not evident anywhere in this book. The author doesn't know the first thing about actually making drinks. In addition to so-what drinks or re-naming what is basically a Khalua and Cream, one of the drinks calls for Champagne to be included in a Daiquiri that is then put in a blender. Champagne is an expensive ingredient to use just for the literary value. You'll never taste it and it won't have any textural impact because once through a blender, Champagne no longer fizzes. It fizzles, just like the book.

The author just thought if a great title (which got me to buy the book), then thought of a lot of great cocktail names based on literature (well done) but then cobbled together a haphazard list of random ingredients and re-hashed existing old cocktail recipes with zero skill. This was a great concept. If only it contained great drinks that were worth drinking.

See books by David Wondrich, Dale DeGoff, Jim Meehan or historical cocktail books by Jerry Thomas or Tom Bullock or Harry Craddock.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Honestly, skip the bottle of wine and bring this book to your next dinner party! My wife and I have already purchased 4 copies and will placing a second order soon. Supposedly, I have a B.A. in English, but I learned more about the classics from reading this book and laughed out loud the entire way. Plus, the illustrations are top-notch and it's just a beautiful edition all around.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Book Bar on June 21, 2013
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Take note book clubs, fans of classic literature, people who like getting wasted on a Wednesday. Tim Federle has managed to mingle the two most important elements in my life (well, right up there with life, love, family & friends); drinks & a good read.

I grabbed the book and really had no idea what to expect. Was it a book about books? Was it a book about drinks? Didn't matter. It had an excellent title and awesome cover art.

So grab a glass, already. Let's get a little stupid and look a little smart. Even if you don't have a BA in English, tonight you're gonna drink like you do.
Federle, Tim (2013-04-23). Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Kindle Locations 152-153). Running Press. Kindle Edition.

So as I was standing in a 2 hour long line to get my kids into the latest mini build at our local Lego store when I started this magnificent journey through memories of reads from the past (required reads) and drinks yet to be enjoyed. I laughed out loud, much to the chagrin of my fellow line loiterers, and I think I dog-eared (technically speaking, that little blue life-saver on Kindle) pretty much every single dink mentioned.

(LOVE IN THE TIME OF KAHLÚA; LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA (1985) BY GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ)

Never settle . . . even for a doctor . . . with a hot accent. Otherwise, you could go a half-century till you find the real thing. In Márquez's version of romance, the zipper-straining desire of a trio of lovebirds is practically an illness, eating his characters from the inside out.
Federle, Tim (2013-04-23). Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (Kindle Locations 338-340). Running Press. Kindle Edition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy on September 19, 2014
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This book is fantastic. I've only made a few of the drinks so far, but they all have been good. All of them have wonderful names that directly relate to great works or characters. As a reader, aspiring writer, and English degree holder, this is a must. If you fall into those categories and enjoy good cocktails and witty references to your favorite literary works, snag this up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By randy smith on February 17, 2014
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Funny book. Nice they add some eats. Warning, should not do more than 2 books a night. Rye in the catcher was tasty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Dickson on June 26, 2013
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This is an enjoyable little book in so many ways. The recipes are interesting and the writing doesn't insult one's intelligence. I am debating on having it out at my next party. While it would be fun to mix everyone's favorite drink, I worry that it would disappear before the night is over. This is going to be in several people's Christmas stocking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. & M. on December 26, 2014
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The cocktails aren't really new, they're just given a literary twist but hey, people who love to read classic literature usually love a good play on words as much as anything so this makes a fun gift for your bookworm friends who also enjoy a good cocktail. I think the title and cover are quite clever, a fun gift in my opinion
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More About the Author

Tim Federle grew up in San Francisco and Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway. Tim's debut novel for kids, BETTER NATE THAN EVER -- described as "Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens" by Huffington Post -- was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year and a Best Book of 2013 by Amazon, Slate.com, and Publishers Weekly. The BETTER NATE THAN EVER sequel, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!, was recently named an Amazon Best Book of 2014.

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD: COCKTAILS WITH A LITERARY TWIST, Tim's novelty recipe guide, was voted the #1 Cookbook of the Year on Goodreads. His new cocktail book, HICKORY DAIQUIRI DOCK -- featuring nursery rhyme-inspired drink recipes, for new parents -- has been called "more fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie" by the Tampa Bay Times.

Say hi at timfederle.com and on Twitter and Instagram @TimFederle.

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