Autumn Pairings: Fall Drinks & Novels

Now that the weather is (finally) cooling down, there’s no better time to curl up with a good book while taking slow, measured sips of autumn-in-a-mug. Not sure what to read while enjoying your favorite fall refreshment? Here are a few pairing suggestions to get you started.

(1) If your go-to harvest beverage is a Pumpkin Spice Latte, try sipping it alongside The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. This short story is a fitting read for October, and the pumpkin in your cup is sure to taste better than the one encountered by the unfortunate schoolmaster Ichabod Crane.

(2) Enjoy the cozy flavors of Earl Grey Tea? Brew a mug while rereading Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The Mad Hatter’s tea party will prepare you for get-togethers with the eccentric relatives that you’re about to see during the holiday season, and the soothing bergamot oil in Earl Grey will help you keep your head around the Queen of Hearts.

(3) Nothing evokes the chilly evenings and colorful leaves of fall quite like the aroma of apple cider. Inhale a mug of it with John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, and imagine yourself picking apples in Maine’s orchards alongside the novel’s earnest protagonist, Homer Wells.

(4) If you’re sipping a candy corn cordial while waiting for trick-or-treaters this October 31st, why not complement the experience with Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree? This fantasy novel follows a group of costumed children who travel through time to save a friend and learn about the origins of Halloween in the process. While written for younger readers, this is a great pick for adults who want to learn more about the holiday’s history and related traditions in other cultures.

(5) Add some sci-fi spice to your fall with the unexpected pairing of chai tea and Dune by Frank Herbert. The extremely valuable melange spice of the planet Arrakis blends well with the peppery combination of cardamom, ginger, and star anise in masala chai, and you’ll appreciate not having to brave giant sandworms and inhospitable deserts for your fix.

(6) Yo-ho-ho and hot buttered rum – take a nip of this cool-weather classic while adventuring with Jim Hawkins and the pirates from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Just don’t drink too much, or you may have trouble following the map to the buried gold.

Do you have a favorite fall beverage to warm you up while settling down with a good book? Let us know in the comments! — Kate 


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