The Sound and the Slurry

sound and the slurry

If you like cocktails (hell yes) and word play (it’s a pundamental part of life), Tequila Mockingbird is a novel idea that’s worth seeking out. Clever-pants author Tim Federle  has taken a bunch of cocktail recipes and given them a literary twist, so that you end up with such drinks as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Beam’ and ‘The Rye in the Catcher’. As a bonus, there’s a synopsis of the literary work in question, so that if you’re drinking, say, a ‘Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose’ but you haven’t read Oscar Wilde’s classic Picture of Dorian Gray, at least you can pretend you have. Which is pretty handy if you decide to make a drink named after William Faulkner’s novel The Sound and the Fury, smug in the knowledge that you read it as a teenager, and then realise it’s been a long time between then and now and you can’t remember anything about it. Not that such a thing would happen around here, of course. Ahem.

I’m pretty sure this tart, bracing cocktail is supposed to be pronounced ‘The Sound and the Slur-ry’ (not ‘slurry’), because (a) it’s quite pretty, and not slurry-like at all, and (b) you’ll definitely be slurring after you’ve had a few. There’s a good chance, for example, that you’ll be slur-ily analysing the deliberate lack of punctuation and the, er, the…thing… in the Faulkner novel about…about…

sound and the slurry 2


60ml gin

15ml creme de cassis

15ml lemon juice


Coupe or cocktail


Shake everything together with ice and strain into the glass. Alternatively, you can serve this in a tumbler on the rocks.


So much easier to make than it is to make head or tail of The Sound and the Fury.


Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle (Running Press, 2013) contains this and many other fun recipes.

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