This is an idea I love. The New Yorker's Book Bench Blog has a new feature called Lit Spirits. "A weekly feature by the mixologist Michael Cecconi, pairing cocktails with characters from literature." The book of choice for Jan. 30th was Smilla Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg. The drink it inspired, Frozen Siberian, is a mixture of Vodka and Kahlua blended with ice, topped with half-whipped cream. YUM! I'll have to ask the bartender (aka my hubby) to prepare me a sample. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Past literary inspiration include Catcher in the Rye, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and Winnie the Pooh.