It’s Tell A Fairy Tale Day. As a young and voracious reader, fairy tales and myths were my favorite stories. I borrowed the Lang Fairy Books from the school library over and over, much to the annoyance of the librarian who would ask, “are you sure you want to read that again?”. I raised my daughter on them as well as the multicultural re-tellings by authors like Robert San Souci and Ed Young. And I often gift a copy of the first one, The Blue Fairy Book, to new parents. If you have little ones in your life, read them a fairy tale today. If you don’t, read one for yourself. Although technically not fairy tales, I highly recommend Rootabaga Stories by famed Chicago poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg. They’re brilliant, and I’m surprised that they aren’t better known. Or watch one of the hundreds of fairy tale movies available. Maybe while sipping a fantasy-inspired cocktail. Most of the Pinterest recipes, while beautiful, are too sweet for my taste. But the Violent Fairytales from Saveur sounds perfect.
- 1 oz cachaça I’m substituting cacique, you can use light rum
- 1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro or Campari
- 6 to 8 dashes of bitters
- 3 oz sparkling wine
Stir the first three ingredients with ice, strain into a coupe or flute glass, top with sparkling wine, and garnish with an orange twist.
Share your recs in the comments – books, films, drinks, or snacks based on childhood adventure stories.