This past weekend, I found myself wandering the streets of New York City and poped into a little bar on the Upper West Side. Once inside, I found myself looking around because the place was covered with shelves of books and quotes from famous authors. I got the feeling that this was a place where a person could easily be intellectually stimulated into the right mood. So, I did what I have learned over the many years of schooling and trying to expand my mind – ordered some drinks.

Edgar Allen PoeWhen I found Edgar Allen Poe’s name on the menu as a drink, I immediately thought of the poem “The Cask of Amontillado,” in which Poe’s character, Montresor, takes revenge on his sworn enemy by luring him into a cavern by promising a taste of the Amontillado. At the end of the poem, there is no cask and Montressor locks his enemy up to die. This drink is not as complicated as the story, but I can tell you that it tastes really good.

1 part vodka1 part chambord1 part Triple Secsqueeze of lime

Shake the ingredients over ice and pour into sugar-rimmed martini glass.

John KeatsJohn Keats is known for his sensuous descriptions of nature and his poetry is full of questions. This drink is very tasty because of the many liquors that go into it. Think freely as you sip on this delicious drink.

1 part vodka1 part Southern Comfort 1 part amaretto1 part Sloe Gin 1 part triple secsplash of lime juicesplash of orange juice

Shake all of the ingredients together and pour onto ice.

Three PhilosophersThis beer makes the drinker want to think a bit after having it because of its mix of bitter, dark and full tastes. The beer comes in a 22-ounce bottle and has a alcohol content of 10 percent, which gives the brew a kick. The only thing better than having one of these is having two, if you can stomach it.

W. B. Yeats Known as a dramatist and writer, W. B. Yeats, an Irish poet and Nobel Prize recipient, was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. His poetry focuses on living in Ireland. This drink is a terrific mix of flavors that take you back to Ireland.

1 part vodka1 part gin1 part rum1 part Triple Sec1 part melon liquour1 part sour mixsplash of Sprite

Shake the liqueurs and sour mix on ice, pour the Sprite in last into a rocks glass. Gros-Werter can be reached at

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