Chappy Hour: The Communist + How You Were Born

January 22, 2015 by Tan Light

Chappy Hour is a monthly column, authored by Literary Press Group Sales Manager Tan Light, that pairs an excerpt from an ALU title with a cocktail recipe. Kick back, sip a literary-inspired tipple, and read something great!

Today we feature Kate Cayley's Short Story Collection  How You Were Born (Pedlar Press, 2014) and the gin, cherry, and citrus sipper, The Communist.

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I recently had the opportunity to hear Kate Cayley read this story from How You Were Born in Toronto, and it was almost as charming as the author herself, though a little on the dark side. In it, a pair of siblings spends a summer spying on their elderly neighbors, of whom they suspect a terrible past. Mix yourself a Communist cocktail, a little known gem dating back to the 1930s, and savour a glimpse of a childhood summer on a wintery afternoon.

What You’ll Need:

• 1 shot of Gin
• 0.5 shots of Cherry Brandy
• 1 shot of Orange Juice
• 0.75 shots of Lemon Juice


What to Do:

Add all the ingredients to the mixer, add lots of ice, shake thoroughly and strain. Serve in a Martini glass and garnish with a cherry.



What to Read:

Click the drink above to read "The Summer Our Neighbours Were Nazis" from How You Were Born.

WAIT! What’s that – you came here looking for Poetry? It’s ok, Kate does that too.


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