Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and F. Scott Fitzgerald have two things in common. All three men were brilliant authors…and raging alcoholics. In fact, literature and alcohol have gone together like gin and tonic for quite some time. Now, I’m not condoning substance abuse of any sort, but as an English major myself I can see the need to sit back and relax with a cocktail every so often. The life of a creative writer is rough: you have to be inspired, find words to make said inspiration come to life on paper, bear the soul of your inspiration to others, and then get shafted time and time and time again.
In order to ease this career of writer’s block and rejection letters, a few of my creative colleagues and I made a drink specifically targeted at English majors but created for all of-age enthusiasts. It’s called The Fountain Pen. The drink is simple enough to make, cheap enough to afford, and strong enough to delude. The blackberry brandy provides a color that is a cross between ink and blood and the orange liquor adds a bitter edge, mirroring the cynical bite of the starving artist. And the chocolate sauce? Everyone who’s been dumped knows how well it eases a broken heart (or ego). Sit back, sip away, and let your next best-seller unfold.
The Fountain Pen
Serves as many starving writers as needed
Orange liquor (ex. Grand Mariner)
To make one Fountain Pen, dip the rim of a glass into a shallow bowl of chocolate sauce and fill it with the preferred amount of ice. Mix 1 ounce of blackberry brandy, 1/2 ounce orange liquor, and 4 ounces club soda in the glass. Stir and serve immediately.
Johanna Caruthers is a senior English major at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She likes unicorns, baking, poetry, and roller skating.