Friday, August 8, 2014

#Friday Happy Author Hour! Share a drink with your favorite #Authors! #HappyHour #writing Today with Antonia van Zandt ‏@AntoniavanZandt

"Write drunk. Edit sober" -- Hemingway

"The excitement of alcohol and the excitement of fantasy are very similar." -- John Cheever

"Once drunk, a cup of wine can bring 100 stanzas." -- Xiuxi Yin 

What do Jack Kerouac, Dylan Thomas, John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald have in common? 

Whether you're an author or not, you've heard it before: All authors drink. 

But what do they drink? 

This is the mystery we're going to try to unravel here at the blog and is why starting today I'm officially opening In A Dream's Beyond Happy AUTHOR Hour open bar! 

Every Friday an author will stop by with their favorite drink, a recipe (if available) and of course, a little something for you to add to your TBR list.

Inaugurating this new section is none other than the fabulous Antonia Van Zandt. Prepare to be dazzled with this yummy concoction!

Brandy Alexander – Lust in a Glass

I love a drink with a history. And this one certainly ticks all the boxes. Its precise origins are disputed. Some sources say it got its name from the Russian Tsar Alexander II, others that it was created for the wedding of British King George V’s daughter, Mary who married Viscount Henry Lascelles in 1922. Drama critic of The New Yorker – Alexander Woolcott – insisted it was named after him.

Whatever the origin, this drink enjoyed its heyday in the 1920s and 30s, but has been revived many times since. It appears in Mad Men, Cheers, Brideshead Revisited – even The Mary Tyler Moore Show!

To me, its charm lies in its divine decadence. It is a rich, lustful cocktail, with a wandering eye. I’m not alone in thinking this. Canadian singer, musician and songwriter Feist wrote a song about it, featured on her album, The Reminder. If you listen, you’ll see what I mean. So go on, indulge yourself. Here’s the recipe:

1 1/2 ounce brandy
1 ounce dark creme de cacao
1 ounce half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the brandy, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the nutmeg.
Ready? Now grab your drink, curl up in your comfiest chair and listen to Feist:

(Recipe courtesy of

About Antonia:

Antonia van Zandt grew up in the ancient city of Salisbury and is related to deposed European royalty. She now lives in Vienna, Austria with a collection of family paintings and a menagerie of cats

You can connect with Antonia here:

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  1. Way to go Tonia!! So got to try this one you classy lady you! Great idea Mz Valey. Can't wait to join yah next week xxxxx

    1. Thank you, madam! Looking forward to your visit :D

  2. Thanks for inviting me along today, Elyzabeth. Shey - you're going to love Brandy Alexander!

    1. Thank you, for accepting to participate in this crazy idea, Antonia! *hugs*

    2. Too right I am gonna love it!!


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