Top 10 favourite spirits of literary greats

29th March, 2017 by Michael J Ritchie

Zaphod Beeblebrox

No list of literary drinks would be complete without the supposed “Best Drink in Existence”, the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Drunk by Zaphod Beeblebrox and friends in Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, ingredients include:┬áthe juice from one bottle of Ol’ Janx Spirit, a measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V, three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin, the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger and an olive.

Although here on Earth we’re never going to find out exactly what it tastes like, we do know the drink’s effects. They are said to be similar to “having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.” Cheers!

2 Responses to “Top 10 favourite spirits of literary greats”

  1. Delighted to see that you have mentioned Dickens and Samuel Pickwick! You might be interested in taking a look at my novel Death and Mr Pickwick, which was published in 2015 by Random House, and which tells the story behind the creation of The Pickwick Papers. My novel ‘echoes’ certain aspects of The Pickwick Papers – and the free flowing of alcohol is most definitely one of those aspects! And you do not need any previous knowledge of Dickens, or The Pickwick Papers, before reading Death and Mr Pickwick.

    In my view, The Pickwick Papers has the most fascinating backstory of any work of fiction – with colossal triumph set against the depths of despair. The backstory cried out to be turned into a novel in its own right…so that’s what I did! The novel has received a lot of critical acclaim – for instance, it made The Sunday Times Book of the Year list, and in the USA it was one of the ten books on the Oprah Winfrey Best of Summer Fiction list.

    And do take a look at my novel’s facebook page – alcohol frequently puts in an appearance there!

    Best wishes

    Stephen Jarvis

  2. Chris says:

    One of my favorite writers of science fiction was Harry Harrison. His best known character was an intergalactic crook named “Slippery” Jim DiGriz, whose poison was Aquavit, AquaVitae, or Akvavit, however you want to say it. I don’t know what the author’s drink was. But it inspired me to try aquavit and now I keep a bottle of Linie around the house.

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