Mixology Friday, episode 2: The Divine Greentini

Kerry Crisley writes and (responsibly) drinks her way through Cocktails for Book Lovers.

Author’s note: all alcohol was consumed at a time when it was five o’clock somewhere. Because standards.

Isn’t it pretty?

The Divine Greentini was inspired by Diana Athill, author of Somewhere Towards the End and editor to literary legends Margaret Atwood and Simone du Beauvoir and others. It’s a concoction of gin, Midori (a Japanese melon liqueur), and maraschino cherries.

Why I picked it: I confess I’m a woman of limited means. That is, until Reese Witherspoon discovers my novel, adds to her book club list, then decides that she simply must produce a limited series and play the lead. So since I had gin in the house already (see episode 1), I looked for another gin-based cocktail. Plus, it’s so pretty!

Is it good? My husband liked it; his glass was empty before mine, which is a bit of a shocker, actually. As for me, the gin-and-Midori blend didn’t wow me. As nice as it looked, I was much happier when I fixed myself a Midori sour: liqueur, lemon juice, lime juice, and seltzer over ice. Ahhhh.

Read as you sip: In honor of Ms. Athill’s famous author client, pick up A Handmaid’s Tale, or its recent sequel, The Testaments. Or if the Midori has you yearning for some more Japanese culture, try Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata.

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