If the Book Were a Drink - Apocalypticon

Welcome to a brand new series on the State of Clayton blog, "If the Book Were a Drink"! Ever wonder what your favorite book would be if it were a cocktail? Of course you do! Everyone does! It's the most continually unanswered question in the universe! 

Until now.

For this first installment, we'll look at my own novel, Apocalypticon. After much careful consideration, I've decided that if Apocalypticon were a drink, it would definitely be a Sazerac.

A cocktail with absinthe is a definite must for this post-apocalyptic adventure. The green tint of the liquor is a match for the greenish Flying Monkey fog that pervades the world within the book, and, like the fog itself, if the absinthe comes from somewhere other than America, you're likely to end up a little discombobulated when you ingest it. 

In a classic Sazerac, the absinthe isn't a major component. You just rinse the glass with it. The coating of the glass walls is a perfect representation of how the Monkey dust enshrouds the post-apocalyptic world without really having much of a direct impact on (the majority of) the characters.

When making a Sazerac, you start by dissolving sugar in bitters and water. (***SPOILER, sort of***) In Apocalypticon, there's a theory that you just might survive the apocalypse by drinking human ashes dissolved in water, a concoction that sounds pretty bitter to me.

The main component of the Sazerac is rye whiskey. Of course, for Apocalypticon, I'd suggest using Buffalo Trace.

When making the drink, you use two glasses. You might call them two best friend glasses. The Patrick and Ben of glasses. Oh, and you'll need a lemon peel twist to top things off. Because, like the story, a Sazerac has just a touch of sourness.

How to Make a Sazerac:


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1.5 oz rye
  • 2 dashes of Peychaud's Bitters
  • 1 dash of absinthe
  • Twist of lemon peel 


  • Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Put the sugar cube in a second Old Fashiond glass with the bitters and just enough water to moisten it; then crush the cube.
  • Add the rye and a few ice cubes, then stir. Discard the ice from the first glass and pour in the absinthe.
  • Turn the glass to coat the sides with the absinthe, then pour out the excess. Strain the rye mixture into the absinthe-coated glass. Twist and squeeze a lemon peel over the glass. Rub the rim of the glass with the peel, discarding it when finished.
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