Boozy Books: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Happy Friday, readers! Time again for something boozy and something book-y.

This week I’m taking on John Berendt’s Savannah-based, non-fiction novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Based on true events that took place in the 1980s, Berendt’s work is a pretty realistic depiction of the “Hostess City of the South”, featuring many of the eccentric archetypes that exist in the region. Focusing on the murder of a male prostitute and the resulting trial, the novel is a mostly true exploration of the southern city’s sultry sensuality and (alternately) innate snobbery. Each character holds up some portion of the storytelling, filling the story with personality and wit. Berendt’s writing is noteworthy for holding the reader’s attention through elegant novel-like structure and wicked humor.

The pairing on this one is so obvious it hurts, but here goes: Southern Comfort sweet tea. Whether you choose to sweeten it or go for a classic Southern iced tea this is the drink you wanna be drinking when you’re reading about the deep south. Obviously the simplicity (and deliciousness) of this drink makes it an easy fix, but Soco’s website lists another delightful recipe to ramp up your happy hour. Link below!

Happy reading and happy boozing!


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