The Yellow Wallbanger

This week I tried a recipe from Gone with the Gin‘s literary cousin Tequila Mockingbird. Here all of the drinks are (excellent) puns on famous books like “Infinite Zest,” “Bridget Jones’s Daiquiri,” and “Gin Eyre” (just a few of my favorites).

I read the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman in an American literature class last spring (it was assigned at the beginning of the semester before my workload got too heavy so I actually read it, and it saved my ass in the essay on the final). It’s a pretty depressing story about a woman who is struggling with what we would diagnose today as postpartum depression, but because it was the nineteenth century, they just told her she was crazy and locked her in her room. It’s a fun read.

Don’t drinks just taste better in a cute dog glass? 

Anyway, if you feel like toasting to Ms Gillman without needing the college credit, then try this variation on a screwdriver- The Yellow Wallbanger.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1/2 Galliano liqueur*

Combine the vodka and orange juice. Then add the liqueur so it sits on top (and gives it an extra yellow coloring).


*I could not find this liqueur ANYWHERE, so I used Limoncello which is so much easier to find and (I think) achieves basically the same results.

And it’s Italian so that’s fancy, right?

You’ve Got Ale

While I was in Paris last July, a friend of mine asked me where the name “Jane Austen Drank Here” came from. I talked about it a little in an older post, but as I was thinking about working on this blog more after my study abroad, I decided to mix my way through a few of the novelty cocktail books I collected this summer. My first choice was “You’ve Got Ale” from the book “Gone with the Gin” by Tim Federele. And, yes, this is a movie-themed cocktail book.



  • 4 ounces ale
  • 2 ounces ginger ale
  • 2 ounces Champagne

Pour the ale into a glass. Add the ginger ale and then the Champagne.

Best when enjoyed with Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail”

The end result was good (not as heavy as I expected), but I think if I made it again, I would use an apple-flavored ale or a cider for a crisper taste. I used the dark ale because I already had it in the fridge (leftover from a game of dirty Santa last month).



^^^ LOVE Nora Ephron