Friday, July 25, 2014

Drinks with Reads: Wild and the Snapple Mangotini

Today Kendra Kelly, creator and host of the blog, Booze House, joins us from Cape Flattery for drinks with reads. 

I love travelogues and girl power, so it was surprising it took me so long to read one of the biggest hits of last year, Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  But with my own extended expedition scheduled, Wild was the first book I loaded onto my Kindle for my flight across the ocean this past January.

For anyone else who may be running behind on picking this one up like me, Wild follows the author on her soul-searching hike up the Pacific Crest Trail, meandering through the deserts and mountains of California into the green woods of Oregon before landing just across the Columbia River into my home state of Washington.  Along the way she faces a variety of obstacles, physical and mental, as she slowly trudges step-by-step to a new future.

The Pacific Crest Trail requires an abundance of planning, including sending yourself re-supply boxes to be picked up at small towns along the way.   As Strayed rolled into a town with a box awaiting her, her first action was always the same:  use part of her new $20 to buy herself a Snapple.  So, the perfect beverage to accompany you on this adventure is a 

Snapple Mangotini:
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz
Cointreau® orange liqueur
2 oz
Snapple® Mango Madness soda

Pour the vodka, Cointreau and Snapple mango madness into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked or cubed ice. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

This is an easy cocktail to personalize as well – choose a different Snapple flavor or use a flavored vodka.  For this particular edition I used a Peach Mangosteen Snapple and a Chai Vodka from Project V distillery.  Yum!  

It was especially delicious and appropriate to mix it up and enjoy this cocktail at the farthest northwest point in the continguous US:  Cape Flattery & Hobuck Beach.  If you’ve never visited this Wild part of the state, add it to your list – the short hike at Cape Flattery is routinely listed among the best short hikes in the country, and when the sun peaks through the marine layer the scenery is unrivaled.

PS:  the trailer for the movie adaptation of Wild has just been released so you have until December 5th to read the original.  Happy Trails!


  1. These photos are beautiful. Thank you for the movie trailer link too!

  2. Awesome scenery and an interesting drink. I haven't heard of Wild, I'll have to look for it!!