Literary Liquors: Tragic Characters Edition

Imagine your favorite characters. Now imagine them as liquors or mixed drinks, created by yours truly. Got it? Good–I knew you would you handsome, vivacious readers! So let’s take this moment to walk down the aisle to view tragic characters. 100% proof.

Miss Havisham

“This,” said she, pointing to the long table with her stick, “is where I shall be laid when I am dead. They shall come at me here.” – Great Expectations


Wedding Cake Martini


As you can see, this wonderful cocktail shines in a “soon to be bride” glimmer–fresh, young, a touch of sweetness. The base is Vodka, a distilled beverage that would have been introduced in England in 18th century, within the same century of Great Expectations. However, a bride to be  would not simply have just vodka, but vanilla vodka mixed with coconut rum, grenadine syrup and pineapple juice (for more information, follow the link below).

Recipe here

This is a completely pre-being dumped at the altar, martini. You know, before she gets all bitter and creates a little monster (Estella) to destroy the hearts of men. I can only imagine what was on her registry!

Ingredients: 1/2 oz coconut rum, 1.5 oz vanilla vodka, 1 splash grenadine syrup and 1.5 oz pineapple juice.


Recipe here

The Black Vodka Ghost Martini

This martini really invokes the inner Miss Havisham with the addition of dry ice pellets hovering on the surface, the same shade as her pale paper skin, ghostly looking. Underneath lies her cold dead soul, the blackberry garnish a shriveled heart.

Ingredients: Vanilla vodka, chocolate Liqueur, half & half, simple syrup and white chocolate (click the picture for more information!).

Though she does change at the end of Great Expectations, she still deserves the Black Ghost Vodka Martini as her signature drink.

Severus Snape

“Look…at…me…” he whispered. The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.” – The Deathly Hallows

snape gif

First off, R.I.P Alan Rickman. He was an amazing actor and played Severus so well in the Harry Potter films. Snape was, by definition, a tragic hero with deep flaws, yet nonetheless one of my favorite fallen characters. So much of what Snape is, throughout his character lifetime until his death, was that of being pulled into different directions–first he was only a half witch and half muggle, then he was pulled away from Lily from opposing houses at Hogwarts–he was joined with Lord Voldemort then with Dumbledore.

snape drink
Recipe here

This drink is pretty perfect because even in the darkness, Snape was a good guy underneath but overshadowed throughout his life, which caused his own death. I could have chosen a darker looking drink but the The Frame Table most resembles Snape’s spirit.

Ingredients from The Frame Table: 2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, 4 oz ginger beer and a lime wedge.


“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.” – Game Of Thrones


ned stark

From the pages of George RR Martin’s books to the hit HBO series, it was difficult to choose a character, though none as tragic as Lord of Winterfell Eddard Stark. Seriously, so many people have died in Game Of Thrones. Just sayin, it wouldn’t be difficult. I chose Ned because he is the most honorable in the series yet is still cropped at the neck.

So for his drink…

ned stark drink
Recipe here

Cranberry-Ginger Sparkling Rum Cider
A drink to be enjoyed…with your head.

The strong drink is suitable because Ned Stark is a complete badass and the added garnish makes it appear the cranberries are frozen is a nice tough for the Lord of Winterfell. The fruit itself also does well in low temperatures and symbolizes peace in folklore. In combination of the sweetness of the cider and dark colors of the rum, this is certainly needed for our tragic Stark family.

Ingredients: Dark rum, Cranberry-ginger syrup and sparkling cider.


So sit back and have yourself a glass of your favorite tragic character.

Then cry.

Because this was depressing to write.

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