13 Famous Writers And Their Favourite Drinks

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Many famous writers are as well known for their drinking habits as they are for their writing. Some loved coffee, while others were Writers of Substance (Abuse). We hope you enjoy this list of authors and the alcoholic drinks they enjoyed.

13 Famous Writers And Their Favourite Drinks

1. Jack Kerouac


American writerOn the Road
Favourite Drink: Margarita
Recipe: Ice cubes, crushed ice, margarita salt, lime juice, lime wedge, 1.0 tbsp. powdered sugar, 1.5 oz. tequila, .5 oz. triple sec
Quote: ‘I’m Catholic and I can’t commit suicide, but I plan to drink myself to death.’

2. Ernest Hemingway


American writer and Nobel Prize-winner: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Old Man and the Sea, Death in the Afternoon.

Favourite Drink: Mojito
Recipe: 1.25 oz. light rum, carbonated water, 1 oz. lime juice, 12 mint pieces, 1.5 oz. sugar syrup
Quote: ‘A man does not exist until he is drunk.’

3. Charles Bukowksi 


Poet laureate of the downtrodden and outcast

Favourite Drink: Boilermaker
Recipe: 12 oz. Beer, 1.5 0z Bourbon.
Quote: ‘I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.’

4. Eugene O’Neill


Nobel Laureate playwright

Favourite Drink: Gibson
Recipe: .5 oz. dry vermouth, 2.0 oz. vodka
Quote: ‘Be always drunken. Nothing else matters: that is the only question.’

5. Anne Sexton


Pulitzer Prize winner: American poet

Favourite Drink: Martini
Recipe: 2 oz. Gin, 1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth, 1/8 oz. olive brine, 3 green olives (add or remove olives to your taste), small wedge of lemon (optional)
Quote: ‘God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.’

6. Dylan Thomas


Welsh poet: Do not go gentle into that good night

Favourite Drink: Whiskey
Recipe: Distilled whiskey
Quote: ‘An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.’

7. Tennessee Williams


Pulitzer winning American playwrightA Streetcar Named Desire

Favourite Drink: Ramos Fizz
Recipe: 1 oz. fresh lemon juice, .5 oz. fresh lime juice, 1 egg white, 1 tbsp. sugar, 2 oz. gin, .5 oz. cream
Quote: ‘Mendacity is a system that we live in,’ declares Brick. ‘Liquor is one way out an’ death’s the other.’

8. Oscar Wilde 


Irish writerThe Picture of Dorian Gray

Favourite Drink: Absinthe
Recipe: Absinthe
Quote: ‘Work is the curse of the drinking class.’

9. William S Burroughs


American writer: Famous for Beat Generation; Naked Lunch

Favourite Drink: Vodka Coke
Recipe: 1 oz. vodka, 4 oz. coke
Quote: ‘Our national drug is alcohol. We tend to regard the use any other drug with special horror.’

10. F. Scott Fitzgerald


American writer: The Great Gatsby

Favourite Drink: Gin Rickey
Recipe: 2 oz. gin, .75 oz. lime juice, top with club soda
Quote: ‘First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.’

11. William Faulkner


Nobel Prize-winning American writerAs I Lay Dying

Favourite Drink: Mint Julep
Recipe: 7 sprigs of mint, .5 oz. simple syrup, 3 oz. bourbon
Quote: ‘Civilization begins with distillation.’

12. Jack London


American writerCall of the WildWhite Fang

Favourite Drink: Martini
Recipe: 2 oz. Gin, 1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth, 1/8 oz. olive brine, 3 green olives (add or remove olives to your taste), small wedge of lemon (optional)
Quote: ‘It was not long until I prefaced the beginning of the thousand words with a drink.’

13. Dorothy Parker


American 20th century poet

Favourite Drink: Martini
Recipe: 2 oz. Gin, 1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth, 1/8 oz. olive brine, 3 green olives (add or remove olives to your taste), small wedge of lemon (optional)
Quote: ‘I love to drink Martinis, two at the very most, three I’m under the table, four I’m under the host.’

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  1. ilonka

    Amanda, what is yours?

  2. Amanda Patterson

    Water, then coffee. I don’t drink alcohol.

  3. Michelle Wallace

    Loved this!! Some really hilarious quotes.

  4. Anonymous

    damn, I just started writing but also just stopped drinking. Am I doomed for failure?

  5. Mack

    It’s interesting, I thought I could only write/ create when bombed out of my gourd. The truth is I can be creative any time but I’m unable to stay at a project when sober. I get board or distracted. I’m trying to learn to get engrossed in my own work while sober.

  6. David

    Fun post. @ A post haven user: you are only doomed for failure if you start drinking again knowing you cannot do so in safety. For some, alcohol opens paths into their minds where true things are. For others it undoes the chain that keeps a monster in. Keep writing and reading about writing and safe paths will appear.

    Remember your Kipling: Drift. Wait. Obey.

    That mantra works both for the immediate moment of writing and for living the writers life. Peace.

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