“My name is Mamrie Hart and I wanted to write this paperweight to combine my two favorite things: delicious cocktails and embarrassing myself.”
So begins the new book of YouTube star Mamrie Hart. Her “You Deserve a Drink” (which is the same name as her weekly online show) is essentially a series of hilarious anecdotes about her life — not all necessarily drinking-related — coupled with cocktail recipes so that you can play a drinking game while reading. Yes, really.
That’s nothing new for fans of her web series, who are instructed to take a drink every time she makes a bad pun (a lot, apparently), but the rules of her usual game “won’t work here. I can’t be responsible for alcohol poisoning of the literally dozens who read this book.” Instead, get to sipping every time she references an old television show, stuff like that.
Although you won’t be tossing back any cocktails at her free BookPeople event tonight at 7 p.m., you can bet you’ll be in for a good show. (Reading some of her book for this post, I found myself giggling out loud to an empty house this morning. If she’s just as funny in person as she is in writing, it’s fair to say her fans will be leaving the bookstore afterward with aching sides.)
She’s just as adept with cocktails as she is with dirty puns and describing her boozy misadventures. Later on, try making one of the drinks recipes she includes at the start of every chapter, like this one, Sorry Camp-Ari. It even comes with a fun party trick.
1 1/2 oz. Campari
1 1/2 oz. mezcal
Juice of 1/2 tangerine
1 oz. orange liqueur
1 sprig rosemary
Combine first few ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a highball glass with a large ice cube.
Clean and dry the shaker. Set sprig of rosemary onto piece of foil and carefully light on fire. As it smokes, invert the shaker and hold it over the rosemary, catching the smoke in the process. Once filled, quickly close it over the top of the highball glass and don’t open until you’re ready to serve, giving the drink a nice woodsy flavor.
— Adapted from Mamrie Hart’s “You Deserve a Drink”