The literature: Jess Walter’s BEAUTIFUL RUINS
The libation: It’s hard to go wrong with a pairing for this novel, which spans half a century and half the globe. But for true elegance, class, color, and straight-up audacity, your perfect cocktail for Walter’s astonishing book is the Elizabeth Taylor.
Stir together 4oz chilled champagne and 3/4oz Crème De Viollete and pour into a champagne glass. Garnish with an Amarena cherry. Find yourself transported to Cinque Terre, to LA, to Edinburgh, to Seattle, to Idaho. Fall in love.
Bonus drinking game: finish your drink when Richard Burton shows up. God knows he would have.
Photo © YCW
Me, earlier today: “I haven’t done Beautiful Ruins yet?! HOW HAVE I NOT DONE BEAUTIFUL RUINS YET?!”