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Pop Quiz! Find Your New Signature Cocktail!

A pop quiz to find your signature cocktail, i.e. the BEST kind of pop quiz!

Pop Quiz! Find Your New Signature Cocktail!

Woo! It's Thursday, the start of the weekend! Sure, you have to go to work tomorrow, and you can't cower in your office sporting a baseball cap pulled low over your eyes and clutching a gallon jug of water like you did in college, but that's no excuse not to live it up tonight!

And now you can't use the old "My signature drink is getting boring and too popular and there are so many different drinks out there, I don't know where to begin!" excuse*, because here we present a handy pop quiz to help you pick your next drink, based on what kind of YA you like to read. It's like our YA character signature cocktails, but customized for YOU.

*Actually, you shouldn't ever have been using that excuse, because all you have to do is make like Erin and drink ALL the things until you find something you like or you're so toasted it all tastes like water anyway.

Without further ado, pick up your Number 2 pencils and let's get started!

1.  A typical character name in the books I love is:
A.  Zorg.
B.  Leisl.
C.  Vladimir.
D.  Erevan Brightflower.
E.  Cameron.
F.  Lizmet Terpetra.
2.  A mixtape for my book would include:
A.  David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust.
B.  Stravinsky.
C.  My Bloody Valentine or Muse.
D.  Enya E. Pat Benetar - "Love Is a Battlefield".
F.  R.E.M. - "It's the End of the World As We Know It".
3.  The cover of my books usually feature:
A.  Stars and planets.
B.  Barbed wire, old maps or period costumes.
C.  Emo faces and blood.
D.  Emo faces and flowers.
E.  Emo kissing faces and often hot pink.
F.  Explosions
4.  If there's a map in my book, it's usually of:
A.  A galaxy far, far away.
B.  Central Europe, circa 1939.
C.  Romania.
D.  Green, green Éire.
E.  There's not. If there was, I'd slam the book closed.
F.  An escape route.
5.  Characters in my books often wear:
A.  Spacesuits.
B.  Bodices and petticoats.
C.  Capes.
D.  Armor.
E.  Jeans, tank tops and sneakers.
F.  Some crazy manmade fabric with sun/rain/wind/sharp thorn-protecting properties, or tattered rags.


Woo! You finished already! Quickly now, time to mix up your drinks.


You like sci-fi! This drink is perfect for your spaceship fueled by lies -- in fact, after two or three, YOU'LL probably be fueled by wild and crazy lies, too.

Alien Urine Sample

3/4 oz creme de banane

3/4 oz Malibu rum

3/4 oz Midori

3/4 oz peach schnapps

1/2 oz blue curacao

1 splash club soda

1 splash sour mix

Shake with ice and strain into a lowball glass. Float the curacao.


You usually need this many drinks when you finish your book.

You read realism or historical fiction. There isn't always swoon in your books, and when there is you can count on someone dying. If it's recent history, there's usually a concentration camp. If it's distant history, you like your heroines to be maybe-slightly-uncharacteristically feisty and unconventional. Either way, your favorites from this genre usually have a big ol' DNRIP slapped on them, and you need to numb your pain afterwards.


3 oz gin for those British colonial historicals

1 oz cognac to burn away the pain

1 oz French vermouth, especially for World War fiction

1 oz Italian vermouth

Dash orange bitters

Sugar to chase away your sorrows

Shake with ice and pour into collins glass.

Add sugar to taste and garnish with a lemon peel.


Girl, you just can't let those vampire-ghost-werewolves go, can you? Here are a couple different drinks to suit your dark and moody reading. Add some dry ice to any of these for an I'm-so-mysterious vibe.

Black Stripe

3 oz dark rum (don't even think about using Malibu, unless your vamps sparkle)

4 oz water

2 tsp molasses

1 cinnamon stick

Dissolve the molasses in a mug with some boiling water.

Add the cinnamon, a lemon twist and the remaining water.

Float rum on top and ignite.

Let the flame burn for a few seconds, then stir to extinguish it and sprinkle some nutmeg on top to garnish.

Black Widow

3 oz dark rum

1 oz white creme de menthe

Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled old fashioned glass.

Captain's Blood

1 1/2 oz dark rum

1/4 oz lime juice

2 dashes angostura bitters

1/4 oz superfine sugar 

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a spiral of lemon peel.


It's fantastic! It's fantasy! Sure, the names are unpronounceable, and there are lots of swords, but the drinks are usually recognizable. and you can't deny you always have a hankering for some nice mead or mulled wine when you read these books, even if you don't really know what they taste like.

Mulled Wine (This one goes quite nicely with medieval historical fiction, too)

3 cups red wine

1/4 cup brandy

3 cups water

12 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1 lemon peel

1 cup sugar

... and a partridge in a pear tree

Simmer 3 cups of water with sugar, cloves, cinnamon and lemon peel in a stainless steel pot for 10 minutes (did they have stainless steel in Middle Earth?).

Add hot wine, then add the brandy.

Heavenly Dram (It has honey, in case you can't find real mead)

2 oz single malt scotch whisky

1/2 oz sherry

3/4 oz lemon juice

1/4 oz honey syrup

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.


Oh, you love your swoon. from heaving bosoms to first date jitters, romance is your poison of choice, from the Sara(h)s Zarr and Dessen to Meg Cabot. Ignore the mafioso name of this drink (let's rename it The Sweetheart, shall we?) and serve it up with a big box of fancy chocolates.

La Cola Nostra

2 oz champagne for that girly fizz

1 1/2 oz rum

1 oz amaro bitters for the inevitable heartache

1/4 oz pimento dram

3/4 oz lime juice

1/2 oz simple syrup for a sweet finish

Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with champagne.


You've seen the future, and the future is bleak. You can't get enough of dystopia, and luckily for you, neither can publishers. Here are a couple of totalitarian-themed drinks to get you through the heart palpitations and HOLY SHIZZ! moments that make a good dystopia. Maybe you could even set these on fire -- it's worth a try!

St. Petersburg

2 oz vodka

1/4 tsp orange bitters, bitter like your heart

Pour vodka and bitters into a mixing glass with several ice cubes.

Stir until very cold and pour into a chilled old-fashioned glass (hey, dystopias are COLD. Climate change or nuclear winter, y'all).

Score the peel of an orange wedge with the tines of a fork and drop into the drink (like a BOMB).

Cossack Charge

1 1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz cherry brandy, for courage

1/2 oz cognac

Shake or blend over cracked ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass



Meghan Miller's photo About the Author: Meghan is an erstwhile librarian in exile from Texas and writer for Forever Young Adult. She loves books, cooking and homey things like knitting and vintage cocktails. Although she’s around books all the time, she doesn’t get to read as much as she’d like.