Perfect Pairings: Books and Holiday Drinks

Hi Savvy Readers,

The holidays are the perfect time to get cozy with a book. Curl up around your fireplace, around your Christmas tree, in your bed, etc! It’s all about the comfort and relaxation. And what’s the perfect accessory to your holiday book binging? A festive drink of course. We’ve rounded up our favourite reads this season and we’ve paired each one with a delicious drink.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld + Eggnog

Eggnog is a classic holiday drink, it can be sweet, but it can also have quite the kick (depending on what you’re putting in there). It’s the perfect drink to accompany Rene Denfeld’s The Child Finder. A magical and haunting novel that will keep you on your toes as much as it is beautiful. Not to mention that cover puts me right in the mood for the holidays.

 Miss You by Kate Eberlen + Hot Chocolate

Everyone needs a cute and light book to accompany a good hot chocolate. Just like the drink, Miss You by Kate Eberlen is sweet and warm. The perfect love story to read over the holidays. The hot chocolate and the novel really do nurse your warm and fuzzy feelings.

We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union + Mulled Wine

How could we not pair these two together? Witty, smart, and moving, Gabrielle Union’s memoir is a subtly powerful telling of the female spirit. And, as she loves wine (as do we all), you must drink a glass while reading her. To give it that holiday spin, try mulled wine! It fills your home with the best holiday aroma.

 The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig + Spiced Cider

No matter your age, you’ll love this new holiday classic by Matt Haig. Equal parts Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket, The Girl Who Saved Christmas is a quick and festive read. We paired it with a  nice spiced cider, because, just like it’s book counterpart, it’s not too heavy and oodles of fun.

 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Holiday Punch

If you have not read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas yet, then it’s a MUST. The holidays are the perfect time to catch up on your reading, and The Hate U Give is one of the most timely and relevant novels of the year. We paired it with the classic Holiday Punch, because it’s for everyone, with a little bit of everything in it. Not to mention a fierce kick to it (depending on what you may have poured into it). Don’t have a secret family Holiday punch recipe? Try this one!

 My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach + Christmas Cocktails

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas cocktail during all that family time? If you’re reading My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach you’ll realize that maybe, despite all it’s ups and downs, family is kind of the best thing, and a cocktail or two while reading this poignant love story about hardship and hope just might make you appreciate your family all over again! Here are some fun Christmas cocktails we dug up… You’re welcome: Kringle Cranberry Cocktail | Peppermint Martini Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa Asian Pear and Ginger Sparkler

 The Alice Network by Kate Quinn + Champagne

You’ll definitely need a glass of bubbly while reading this gem! A toast to women everywhere for being fabulous and fierce. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is an enthralling historical fiction about two courageous women and a group of female spies. What’s not to love?

 The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill + White Russian

Bitter, sweet, and a delight to behold can describe either Heather O’Neill’s The Lonely Hearts Hotel or my personal favourite holiday drink: The White Russian. A White Russian is a cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream served with ice in an Old Fashioned glass. It reminds me completely of winter and it’s the perfect dessert drink. It pairs excellently with Heather O’Neill’s masterpiece about two young orphans, soulmates, who are separated by adversity but reconnect to perform their life-long dream. Heather O’Neill’s world is exquisitely imagined and so beautiful. We hope you enjoy!

And that’s our list, enjoy the books and the drinks!

Let us know what drink you’ll be trying or which book is your favourite on Twitter @SavvyReader.

Happy Reading!


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