Carson McCullers was a short-story writer, playwright and screenwriter. You may have read her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, as part of a school assignment back when. Her drink of choice while writing: Sonnie Boy.
Sonnie Boy is a simple mixture of hot tea and sherry. McCullers would drink it straight through the workday from a thermos, claiming it was only tea. I’m sure it smelled slightly different.
You can definitely make your version of the Sonnie Boy. For some guidance, perhaps start with a Hot Toddy. The effects are about the same and the taste is oh so delicious. This is my winter go-to cocktail, but it’s also night for those slightly chilled summer evenings.
- 1½ ounce whiskey
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- 1 cup hot water (or green tea if you so choose)
- Lemon wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise, for garnish (optional)
- Combined the first four ingredients into the bottom of a warmed mug or Irish coffee glass (or something similar). If desired, garnish with the lemon, cinnamon stick or star anise.
I do not advise following the drinking habits of Carson McCullers (she apparently started with beer at breakfast and then continued with Sonnie Boys concluding with cocktails in the evening – my liver just shivered), however I can attest to a Hot Toddy being a fantastic writing and reading companion.
That, or simply enjoy if you want a good drink. Cheers!