Is back to school making you a little nutty? Try this cocktail from TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD by Tim Federle: 
One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
By Ken Kesey
Kesey’s groundbreaking novel, written while he was a student at Stanford, was drawn from his stint as a psych ward employee—when he wasn’t volunteering in LSD “trials” on the side. (The late fifties weren’t all Leave It to Beaver, gang.) Though narrated by a paranoid side-character, the hero of the story is McMurphy (Jack Nicholson in the firecracker film version), who leads his fellow mental patients in a rebellion against Nurse Ratched, a needlewielding vixen who represents the tyranny of society—and seriously raises the question “Who’s the real crazy here?” Liberate your own hemmed-in ways with a Cosmo you’d be cuckoo to pass on.
1 ½ ounces vodka
1 ounce cranberry juice
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce lime juice

Combine the ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Code blue: it’s hard to stop at just one of these—especially if all the other voices in your head are parched, too.
Is back to school making you a little nutty? Try this cocktail from TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD by Tim Federle: 
One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
By Ken Kesey
Kesey’s groundbreaking novel, written while he was a student at Stanford, was drawn from his stint as a psych ward employee—when he wasn’t volunteering in LSD “trials” on the side. (The late fifties weren’t all Leave It to Beaver, gang.) Though narrated by a paranoid side-character, the hero of the story is McMurphy (Jack Nicholson in the firecracker film version), who leads his fellow mental patients in a rebellion against Nurse Ratched, a needlewielding vixen who represents the tyranny of society—and seriously raises the question “Who’s the real crazy here?” Liberate your own hemmed-in ways with a Cosmo you’d be cuckoo to pass on.
1 ½ ounces vodka
1 ounce cranberry juice
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce lime juice

Combine the ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Code blue: it’s hard to stop at just one of these—especially if all the other voices in your head are parched, too.

Is back to school making you a little nutty? Try this cocktail from TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD by Tim Federle: 

One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)

By Ken Kesey

Kesey’s groundbreaking novel, written while he was a student at Stanford, was drawn from his stint as a psych ward employee—when he wasn’t volunteering in LSD “trials” on the side. (The late fifties weren’t all Leave It to Beaver, gang.) Though narrated by a paranoid side-character, the hero of the story is McMurphy (Jack Nicholson in the firecracker film version), who leads his fellow mental patients in a rebellion against Nurse Ratched, a needlewielding vixen who represents the tyranny of society—and seriously raises the question “Who’s the real crazy here?” Liberate your own hemmed-in ways with a Cosmo you’d be cuckoo to pass on.

1 ½ ounces vodka

1 ounce cranberry juice

½ ounce triple sec

½ ounce lime juice

Combine the ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Code blue: it’s hard to stop at just one of these—especially if all the other voices in your head are parched, too.

The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose

Who remembers TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD by Tim Federle? Here’s a throwback to one of his recipes: 

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
By Oscar Wilde

Boy, did this book have it all: knife fights, magic paintings, and (spoiler alert!) people who never age. Wilde wasn’t just ahead of the cosmetic surgery book here—he also pushed he envelop on homoeroticism, resulting in widespread censorship in later versions of the book. Try getting your hangs on the juicy early copies of Dorian, and then gather a group of aging beauty queens (or simply aging queens), who’ll be guaranteed to love our hedonistic youth serum. Just keep them away from your expensive art.

Makes about 8 Drinks

10 sprigs fresh mint, washed
1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cups vodka (like Grey Goose)
Cucumber, sliced into wheels, for garnish

Tear the mint, then place in the pitcher. Add the lemonade concentrate and stir until thawed. Pour in the vodka and 3 cups cold water and stir. Serve over ice, garnish with the cucumber wheels, and remember: age before beauty—if anyone will fess up. 

Don’t miss HICKORY DAIQUIRI DOCK, Tim’s nursery rhyme cocktail follow-up, on-sale 12/2!