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Nectar of the Gods

From Hera's Hurricane to the Appletini of Discord, 75 Mythical Cocktails to Drink Like a Deity

Illustrated by Sara Richard
LIST PRICE £8.49

Sip sweet libations worthy of the Gods with these Greek myth–inspired concoctions based on all your favorite Gods and Goddesses.

Care for Hestia’s Old Fashioned? Want to fall in love with Eros on the Beach? How about the Bacchic Muddled Maenad sangria, topped with a blood orange; or maybe a Labooze of Heracles—made with plenty of strong whiskey?

In Nectar of the Gods, you can sip Greek mythology-themed drinks while you enjoy your favorite ancient tales (or mythological retellings) with this collection of delicious and fun cocktails written by Liv Albert, host of the popular podcast Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby!. Now you can discover new creations along with all your favorites and drink like the God or Goddess you know you are.

Liv Albert has a degree in classical civilizations and English literature from Concordia University in Montreal. Liv is the creator, host, and producer of the popular Greek and Roman mythology podcast, Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! where she brings her modern perspective and her education in classical civilizations together to explore Greek myths from a casual, humorous perspective.

Photograph by Peter Ricci

Thea Engst is currently a food and beverage consultant and freelance writer. Thea has spent her restaurant career delving into cocktail, beer, spirit, and wine knowledge, but most importantly making friends and her own family of skilled restaurant workers, artists, and wonderful human beings. She has been featured on Chronicle and in The Boston GlobeBoston EaterBoston, and Boston Metro. Her first book Drink Like a Bartender was rated one of the Best Booze Books of 2017 by Forbes Magazine. Thea specializes in making and consuming strong and stirred drinks; she estimates that the mash bill of her blood is fifty-six percent bourbon and forty-four percent rye.

Sara Richard is an Eisner and Ringo Award–nominated artist from New Hampshire. She has worked in the comic book industry for eight years, mainly as a cover artist. Before that, she was a toy sculptor at Hasbro, specializing in making tiny dinosaurs. Sara’s inspiration comes from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, 1980s fashion, and Victorian-era design. When not making art or writing, she’s watching horror movies, cleaning forgotten gravestones, and collecting possibly haunted curios from the 19th century. Her online gallery can be found at SaraRichard.com.

  • Publisher: Adams Media (February 22, 2022)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781507218006

Nectar of the Gods is cheeky, fun, and educational.”

—Rachel Smythe, creator of Lore Olympus

“In Nectar of the Gods, Liv Albert combines classics with cocktails to create a delightful book packed with delectable recipes for drinks worthy of the gods. Each cocktail is tailor-made for the most notable characters of Greek mythology with exquisite attention to detail—so you can learn as you drink (though some of them pack quite a punch, so it’s possible you might need to reread when sober!). Liv writes with wonderful wit and boundless knowledge, and the illustrations by Sara Richard are utterly dazzling. It’s an essential purchase for myth-loving cocktail drinkers everywhere, and a perfect companion to Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook.”

—Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne

“Would the ancient Greek gods have drunk cocktails if they had the chance? Liv Albert knows these wily deities very well, and the answer is a resounding yes. Teaming up with Thea Engst, who brings her creative flair for cocktail recipes, and Sara Richard, who draws divine illustrations, ensures this book is a heady experience on the page and by the kylix. A beautiful example of classical reception that combines exploring the stories of the goddesses and gods with a deep sense of fun.”

—Dr. G and Dr. Rad, cohosts of The Partial Historians podcast

“Praise Dionysus! Nectar of the Gods is a stunning treasure! Filled with wit, wisdom, humor, and Albert’s incredible storytelling, this is an unmissable treat for mythology fans. And the cocktail illustrations and recipes will make you want to both frame pages and bookmark them for your next party.” 

—Genn McMenemy, co-creator of the Ancient History Fangirl podcast

“Who says a recipe book can’t also be a page-turner? This is both a hilarious sourcebook of Greek mythology and a very inventive cocktail recipe book all in one. The recipes are engaging for both beginner and experienced bartenders, and are sure to impress at any party—not to mention delicious. But the descriptions make this book truly stand out. Written with Albert’s signature humor and depth of expertise, Nectar of the Gods is highly entertaining—with captivating illustrations that make this book very hard to put down.”

—Jenny Williamson, co-creator of the Ancient History Fangirl podcast

Nectar of the Gods shakes up traditional cocktail books with stunning visuals and delicious deities. For anyone who loves to drink up facts about mythology and mixology, this is a must-add to your library. You just have to decide if it lives in your bookshelves or on your bar cart.”

—Emily Edwards, author and creator of the Fuckbois of Literature podcast

“Liv has once again brought her signature mixture of wit and grace to another volume soaked in Greek myth, providing a much-needed tonic for a world in need of a good stiff drink. What impresses most is her ability to keep every recipe fresher than rosy-fingered dawn arising from her bed, with each page turn providing further delight to each of our earthly senses. The end result is a catalog that Homer himself would be proud of, and a drinks list to make even Dionysus blush. Come for the mythology and stay for the beautiful illustrations that raise your soul to Olympus and beyond. Tonight we drink in Hellas!”

—Ben, of Classical Studies Memes for Hellenistic Teens

Indulgent is the perfect word to describe this gorgeously illustrated book with cocktails for all palates. The perfect accompaniment for a night in with a good mythology book (or podcast)!”

—Leesa Charlotte, co-creator of the Sweetbitter podcast

“This gorgeously illustrated, delightfully fun book of cocktails is the delicious nectar of the gods itself! Having made Hera’s Hurricane and Bright-Eyed Athena, I cannot wait to try all of the recipes in this beautiful book with my fellow Greek myth–loving friends!”

—Nikita Gill, poet and author of Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters

More books from this illustrator: Sara Richard