Shakespeare Not Stirred

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 30

Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas is the creation of two English professors who combined their love of the cocktail hour and their love of Shakespeare to write a collection of Bard-inspired cocktail and hors d’oeuvre recipes with names like "Kate's Shrew-driver" and "Hamlet's 'Unweeded Garden' Spring Rolls." 
 
The images of Shakespeare characters that accompany the recipes are all taken from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection – with the clever addition via Photoshop of blenders, martini glasses, and even tiny cocktail umbrellas.
 
In this episode of Shakespeare Unlimited, Rebecca Sheir interviews Caroline Bicks, a professor at Boston College, and Michelle Ephraim, a professor at Worcester Polytechnical Institute, about their inspiration for the book.
 
This thoroughly modern book was released September 1, 2015, and the authors gave a free talk at the Folger Shakespeare Library September 25.
 
The episode is titled, "Fetch Me a Stoup of Liquor."
"Go, get thee in, and fetch me a stoup of liquor." Hamlet (5.1.61-62)
 

 

From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. Published August 26, 2015. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved.

This episode was produced by Richard Paul and Garland Scott. It was edited by Gail Kern Paster and Esther Ferington. We had help from Thomas Devlin at public radio station WGBH in Boston.