Hard-drinking writers are such an archetype that they've spawned at least one book of cocktail recipes, "Hemingway and Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers," which was published in 2006. In a similar spirit, Literati Bar & Grill in Brentwood — which is next door to the popular writer's hangout Literati Cafe — has created a list of drinks for literary lushes. These include Goodnight Moon and Lord Gin, but chef Christian De La Vara and owner Paty Kouba, who created the cocktails, say that the most popular is Fahrenheit 451. The drink pays homage to the Ray Bradbury novel by creating a fire of the alcoholic variety. The smooth burn of vodka is combined with the heat of red chiles, piquant lime juice and mouth-puckering grapefruit juice. Fortunately, sweet agave nectar and limoncello stand ready to tame the flame in your mouth.
Fahrenheit 451 by Christian De La Vara and Paty Kouba
1.5 ounces Tito's Vodka
1.5 ounces limoncello
0.5 ounce lime juice
4 segments red grapefruit
2 Fresno red chiles
0.25 ounce Herradura Agave Nectar
2 ounces grapefruit juice
In a shaker, muddle the ruby red grapefruit and chiles. Fill shaker with ice, add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into glass and garnish with a wooden match and additional chiles.
Literati Bar & Grill, 12081 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood; (310) 479-3400; http://www.literaticafe.com.
— Jessica Gelt