La Movida

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It’s 1977 in post-Franco Spain. There is unrest and a deep hunger for change that’s fueling the growing punk, anti-establishment movement. Protests, riots, and clashes with the police are the norm. After one incident goes too far, a young woman named Mosca leaves town with her friends. On the road, Mosca searches for her missing brother, but her mission to find him becomes a journey to finding herself along the way.


This is the haunting story of The Sleeping World, the book of the month at Bad People Book Club. If you enjoy reading AND craft cocktails, like I do, this is the subscription box for you! Each month they send a box with a featured book, a cocktail recipe inspired by the book, and the ingredients to make the cocktail.

I was so excited to be asked to create this month’s cocktail, which I’ve named La Movida, after the counterculture movement in post-Franco Spain. The main characters in the book travel from Spain to France, ending in Paris, so I decided to blend two classics, one distinctly Spanish (Tinto de verano), and one quintessentially Parisian (the Mimosa).

Tinto de verano is a Spanish summer cocktail consisting of equal parts red wine and lemon soda, and the classic Mimosa is equal parts orange juice and champagne. I’ve given it an extra twist by substituting Spanish cava for champagne, and French red wine for Spanish.

La Movida Recipe:

2 oz dry French red wine (I used a Pinot Noir)
2 oz lemon lime soda
2 oz cava / dry sparkling wine
2 oz orange juice 

Build cocktail in a mason jar or rocks glass over ice. Gently stir and garnish with an orange slice.

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