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  • Mint Julep, Photo by Robert S. Donovan

    Cocktail recipes and drink suggestions, inspired by our favorite pieces of literature! Sip away whilst reading a great piece of writing. Just don't drink too much. We'd like you to remember it later. 


    Gimlet photo by Michael Korcuska

    Gimlet & Raymond Chandler's Mystery Novels: Philip Marlowe, the primary character in Raymond Chandler’s mystery novels, helped to cement the classic noir archetype of the hard drinkin’ detective. In The Long Goodbye, Marlowe spends an awful lot of time drinking gin gimlets with his new buddy, Terry Lennox. According to Lennox, “‘What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and bitters. A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.”

    And so:

    2 oz Gin

    2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice

    Be a totally badass detective and get wrapped up in all kinds of crazy, violent, and convoluted conspiracies involving sexy women with guns and even more alcohol.

  • Right Click, Save As [PDF, 3.7mb]

    We knew you were coming. So we baked you a sampler. 

    Welcome to the first Homemade Quirk sampler. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best crafts and baked goods that Quirk Books has to offer. Tiny books from Microcrafts, cat portraits from Crafting with Cat Hair, mini homemade Pop Tarts from Tiny Food Party, bottled potions from Witch Craft, and a lot more! 

    So if you have special people on your list who appreciate cute and quirky items and edibles, use this guide to create one-of-a-kind presents that will show them just how well you know them and just how much you care.

    Just save the .PDF, and upload it to your favorite eReader. We've got the directions below. 

    Uploading a PDF to your Kindle: Connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable. You should see the Kindle pop up as an external drive. Open it, and copy the .PDF into the Documents folder. BAM. It'll appear as an item on your Home page. Done and done. 

    You can also email the file directly to your Kindle. For information on that process and how to find your device email, visit Amazon's official website

    Uploading a PDF to Your Nook: Uploading files to your Nook Tablet is easy. Connect your Nook to your computer. You'll see it as a removable drive. Copy and paste the PDF to the appropriate Nook folder. According to Barnes & Noble's official website, you should place PDFs in the Documents folder. The same thing applies to the Nook Color and Simple Touch

    You can also email the file to yourself, and open it on your Nook. Download and save the attachment when you open it on your Nook. 

    If you need more help, check out Barnes & Noble's Nook Support section for more information

    Uploading a PDF to Your Kobo: There are different steps involved in transfering over a .PDF onto a Kobo, depending on what model you have (Wireless, Original, eReader Touch). You can get a step by step breakdown over on the Kobo website.

    If you want to share your creations or are just looking for more original D.I.Y. projects, join us online! Follow Homemade Quirk on Twitter and check us out on Facebook, where we tweet and post our favorite recipes, crafts, and more! 

  • A classic kids birthday favorite turned indulgent adult treat, this Spiked Ice Cream Cake will be the star of your next get-together.

    Every part of this cake, from the ice cream filling to the cake itself to the frosting, is infused with booze (in this case, bourbon). Plus, changing up the flavor of the cake, ice cream, or both allows you to create new and exciting cakes all summer long!

    Spiked Ice Cream Cake
    From Booze Cakes by Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone

  • Photo by Jason Ilagan

    To commemorate Orwell’s big 109, you may find yourself determined to shoot a rampaging elephant. Or challenge Big Brother with your thoughtcrimes. Or even brush up on your doublethink. But at the end of your day, you can celebrate Orwell and the proletariat spirit with this drink in featured in 1984.

    Much as Orwell favored the economy of words in his Politics of the English Language, this drink rejects the bells and whistles of bourgeois cocktails, incorporating nothing but the essentials. Bottoms up!


    According to Wikipedia, an adult can achieve a blood alcohol level of .03 (or less) after consuming 1 alcoholic beverage.  Said beverage would result in mild euphoria, relaxation and joyousness with little impairment to your judgment.  After a long day, that sounds pretty good, right?  


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