Guest Post: Bourbon ‘n’ Books by Sandy

Hello everyone! Today, I’m excited to bring you a fun guest post from Sandy, canine companion of a fellow author, in response to my Classic Literature and Wine Pairings post. You can check out her blog HERE. Without further ado, take it away, Sandy!


I loved your post connecting wine and your favorite reads. When I asked the Geezer, my human, for his selections, he said, “Sandy, I’m not a wine connoisseur. I’m more just a sewer. I’ll give connecting bourbon to books a try. I know more about them.” Here’s his list giving the book, author, booze, and bottler. Yep, they’re all real.

bourbon glassBattle Cry by Leon Uris and Semper Fi Corn Whiskey (Ascendant Spirits)

How could you not select this bourbon to sip while reading this tale about Marines in WWII. Hell, I can see High-Pockets holding an aluminum cupful in a fox hole.

Deliverance by James Dickey and Midnight Moon Moonshine (Piedmont Distillers)

Crank up Earl Scruggs’ recording of “Dueling Banjos,” pour the booze from the bottle into a clay jug, tip it up, and turn the pages of a book that ended more than one person’s desire to canoe and camp in the mountains.

The Help by Kathyrn Stockett and Jack Daniels (Jack Daniel’s Distillery)

Quality bourbon for a quality book. Besides, this is the brand of bourbon I can see Skeeter drinking, sitting in a New York City apartment, wishing she was back in Mississippi.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Mattingly & Moore (Heaven Hill Distillery)

Mattingly and Moore sounds like a London accounting house where this psychological thriller is set. With all the twists, turns, complications, and betrayals a few doubles will keep you relaxed.

City of Thieves by Daniel Benioff and Old Grand-Dad (Jim Beam Distillery)

This bourbon has been around a long time just like the protagonist chronicled in this tale of the misery that was the siege of Leningrad. It’s the fictionalized story of the author’s knife-fighting grand-dad. Three shots recommended, it has some tough emotional reading in it.

To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and Rebel Yell (Heaven Hill Distillery)

One of my favorite books and bourbons. How more appropriate than drinking a glass of Rebel Yell when listening for the fading echo of a sound that provided the framework for this great novel’s time and place.

A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean and Wild Turkey (Wild Turkey Distillery)

Smooth to the point of perfection. The book or the bourbon? Both! If you’ve not read Norman Maclean’s writing, do it. He defines the art!

barrelGone With The Wind by Margret Mitchell and Southern Comfort (Southern Comfort Company)

Well shut my mouth and call me Rhett. Visualize Scarlet sitting on Tara’s front porch pourin’ and a pourin’ and a pourin’ till, well, this smooth tastin’ bourbon is a good medicine for a guilty conscience and a sleeping pill.

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and Old Rip Van Winkle (Buffalo Trace Distillery)

Like Twain’s prose this whiskey flows smoothly but has a kick you can’t ignore. Besides, I love the brand Name … it sounds so literary.

Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods and Fighting Cock (Heaven Hill Distillery)

Ahhhhhh … the hero wants a peaceful rest in the English hinterlands. However, relations with the neighbors create a situation closer to converting him into this bourbon’s brand name. With neighbors like he has, a pint of the product in the morning and evening is recommended.

Message in a Bottle, The Choice, etc. by Nicholas Sparks and Four Roses (Four Roses Distillery)

Nickolas Sparks! You read his books and they all have two things in common. Their similarities produce déjà vu. And you fall in love with each one of them. Drinking Four Roses is the same, you never quite get enough.

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd and Cougar, MGP Indiana /or/ Firefly Moonshine (Firefly Distillery)

This family tale wound around a woman’s mid-life crisis and fling takes place on the Carolinas coast. That’s where Firefly Moonshine is made and I couldn’t resist mentioning Cougar Bourbon even though it’s only sold in Australia and New Zealand. Cougar is so appropriate to describe the books heroine.


Once again, thank you to Sandy and her author for providing these great bourbon and book pairing recommendations! And remember, if you’d ever like to provide a guest post, all you have to do is send a request via my Contact page.

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4 thoughts on “Guest Post: Bourbon ‘n’ Books by Sandy

  1. Léa says:

    Creative inebriation! Alas, being here on the Mediterranean deep in France, I shall stick to getting my daily requirements of red wine, the occasional rosé and the rare glass of Pastis!
    I’ve yet to find a book that didn’t go down well with our grapes…

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