‘Bottoms Up!’ A Mark Twain ‘Stirred Or Shaken?’ Party At Real Art Ways

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If you know anyone who went to The Mark Twain House & Museum’s “Bottoms Up!” program at Real Art Ways Thursday, oh you are so in for a treat next time you visit them.

Because those attending the program featuring author Tim Federle and his newest book “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With A Literary Twist” were inspired, not so much by the impressive array of classic literature included in his book, but rather the quirky spin-off libations that make a bartender out of anyone, even English majors and classic literature teachers.

“ThisTEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD cover is just so funny,” said Mary Roberge , as she thumbed through Federle’s book that features mixed drinks like “The Last of the Mojitos,” “The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose,” and “Vermouth The Bell Toll,” good-tasting liquid parodies of some of the world’s most beloved novels

“I want to share this with a couple of my professors,” said the Hartford resident, who is an English major in Boston. “And this summer, I think I need to try several of these drinks with friends at home.”

Federle ( of ‘Better Nate Than Ever’ fame) , who signed books and explained how his saucy “Tequila” idea came to fruition, was jusbottoms3t part of the cocktail-themed program. The documentary “Hey Bartender,” featuring Stephen “Carpi” Carpentieri, an owner of Westport’s Dunville’s and made by Westport and Weston filmmakers Doug Tirola, Susan Bedusa and Danielle Rosen was shown. And there was music and a late night “Happy Hour” featuring fun Federle drinks like the non-alcoholic “Pear The Wild Things Are” and the Southern Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Julep.”

But be assured, for many it was as much a learning experience as it was a cocktail one.

“I can’t wait to try some of these recipes at First Fridays,” said Sharon Straka, a New Britain resident who volunteers as a bartender at the New Britain Museum of American Art’s “First Friday” monthly cocktail events.

Forbottoms2 Bolton High School educators, Joyce Teed and Claire Fazzina, it was a chance to celebrate summer break and relax a bit.

Java expected Teed, an American Literature teacher at the school, to have something deep to say about the classics that are part of the book, and innocently asked if her choice of the “Huckleberry Sin” was because she was a Mark Twain/Sam Clemens scholar.

“Nope,” she said as she sipped the vodka/ soda and muddled fresh blueberry concoction. “I just like vodka.”

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