Books and beverages: a match made in heaven! I’m almost never without something to drink when I’m reading, whether it’s coffee with my morning news, a steaming mug of tea with a novel, or a soothing glass of wine with a magazine. Whatever your poison, there’s a literary-themed drink to go with your next reading session. Drink up!

Balzac's Atwood Blend CoffeeBalzac’s Coffee
Inspired by French novelist Honoré de Balzac, Diana Olsen spent a year and a half in France studying the art of coffee before bringing her expertise home to Canada and starting a roastery. In addition to their house Balzac’s Blend, there’s also an Atwood Blend, plus some charming vintage-style posters and T-shirts.





Novel TeasNovel Teas contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.
For a highly civilized literary drink, try this set of 25 individual teabags with different literary quotes (the tea itself is English Breakfast). A cute gift for your book club, or a nice addition to a literary gift basket for your favorite reader.





Literary Tea Co.Literary Tea Co. loose-leaf tea
Those who prefer loose-leaf tea can choose from an assortment of blends that evoke iconic authors. The Emily Bronte is a calming blend of organic our chamomile, lavender and rose petals, while the Oscar Wilde blend is an elegant combination of green sencha, pineapple, and hibiscus with fruity and floral notes. Each tin makes about 18 cups.





Passion Has Red LipsSome Young Punks wine
If you like your wine like you like your novels — trashy — have we got a label for you! Australia-based Some Young Punks has created a line of cleverly named and illustrated wines that take their inspiration from overwrought genre-fiction titles. Wines like “Passion Has Red Lips” (a Shiraz blend), “Taken Brave” (Chardonnay), and “The Squid’s Fist” (red blend) are fun to look at and drink. Check out the downloadable wine-label art.






If all that didn’t quench your thirst, there’s always this list of 25 cocktail recipes named after famous authors. While I love the idea of a Margarita Atwood, the most apropos one is probably the fittingly named Dorothy Parker Sour — not only for her famously tart wit, but because it was her signature drink (and sometimes breakfast).

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