So, when I was doing some promo for The Cormorant, I had some fun over at Cabin Goddess and got to make up a Miriam Black cocktail — the “Miriam Negroni.” Which is:
1 oz dark rum
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. sweet vermouth
The juice of a blood orange.
You could go old school and just use gin. While rum fits the part of the book where Miriam descends to Florida, the book also is set around Christmastime and one cannot deny that gin sometimes tastes like liquefied Christmas tree.
To be really authentic you should probably also lacquer the edges with cremated human remains or cigarette ash.
Or just drink the whole thing through a human skull.
And I thought, that was kind of a fun challenge.
So, this is that challenge, modified.
It has two parts:
a) Invent your own cocktail (and give us the recipe!). It can be real or fictional — meaning, it can be something we can make ourselves or a cocktail purely made from fictional ingredients (“Betelgeuse Tequila and bitters made from Slarm glands”). Name the cocktail, too.
b) Then write a short story with the name of your cocktail as the name of the short story. The story should be tied to the cocktail in some way — some plot or character-hook, or maybe the cocktail is front and center in the plot.
Any genre will do.
Let’s say you have 2000 words this time around.
You still have one week — due February 7th — WAIT IS IT FEBRUARY ALREADY? Crap on a stick.
Ahem. Due in one week, by noon EST.
Post at your online space. Link back here. Same drill as usual.
Bonus: I’ll pick one random participant (sorry, you gotta live in the US for this) who will get an ART HARDER flask, as seen in this image below:
(Available from Zazzle if you click the image. Or from the Merch link.)
That’s the deal. Now go: invent a cocktail, write a story.
155 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: A Drink With A Story, A Story With A Drink”
[…] Chuck Wendig’s challenge this week is to make an alcoholic drink (imagined or not) and write a story relating to it. I brought back Soul Merchants, cause they’re fun. […]
I decided to bring Soul Merchant’s cause I like them, and really why not.
My drink is inspired by the infamous green chile of New Mexico, oh how I miss it so…
Chuck- you sir, have reached into my soul and tapped out my true passions!
Here’s my drink. Fate-
2 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
2 oz Jack Daniels Honey
2 oz Irish Cream Liquor
1 Golden Orb (to reveal the truth, of course)
And yes, I do plan on trying this out. I actually came up with a second drink and story to go along with it, but I haven’t finished it 🙂
Long time reader first time challenge writer, I had to do this flash fiction challenge because I had an idea that fit. I hope I followed the rules and did alright. I really enjoyed taking on the challenge and hope to write more.
1 part blue curacao
1 part champagne
a shot of vodka (cotton candy flavored)
a splash of orange juice
Aha! My first attempt at a Wendig Flash.
A Taste of π
One part Raspberry Vodka
Two parts Mountain Dew Voltage
.14159265 part Blackberry Merlot (just a dash, really)
Taste’s like pie filling. Delicious stuff. Easy to drink.
And the fiction. Weighs in at 1850~ish so I hope that works.
My Orichalcum Slinger is available in a couple of hours at http://jemimapett.com
Yet another episode in the Adventures of Big Pete and the Swede, asteroid miners 🙂
I want one of those. I think.
Ran over long by a bit.
1 cup black coffee
1 oz. rum
Due to where I post these things, had to break it into two.
[…] Fair warning, this is less a story and more a narrative. An angry, cursing, rambling, narrative about drinking and fighting. Seriously, lots of swearing. It’s also for Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge of the week A Drink with a Story, A Story with a Drink. […]
[…] week, another Terribleminds Flash Fiction Challenge completed. I’m planning to post other things this year, really I am, but so far these have […]
Never Talk to Strangers: http://wp.me/p2s3sT-CM
2.5 oz Rye
.5 oz Honey Syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Creme de Cassis
Two dashes orange bitters
Here we go, it’s The Terminator. This is less a story and more a guy telling a story, but I had fun writing this amusing and very very curse-heavy cocktale. And yes I did that on purpose:
Queen’s Staff. Fantasy. (Recipe at beginning.)
Spaaaaace cocktail. Enjoy! (http://sczerny.blogspot.com/2014/02/spaaaaace-cocktail.html)
Ursa Tonic: a popular drink among the inmates of an Ursa-class space prison.
3 oz. Urju: a spirit distilled from the fermented juice extract of Ursa Corp’s patented oxygen-recycling algae.
4 oz. recycled station water, pumped full of CO2 by the cafeteria carbonator.
3 drops synthesized quinine. Usually obtained by bribing a guard to fab it in the chemprinter.
Shake and serve in a prison-issue stainless steel mug, for that signature metallic aftertaste.
The Tongue Knotter doesn’t turn out to work quite as intended when a troll drinks it. . . .
Forgot the part where the drink name was supposed to be the title of the story. Almost forgot to give it a name at all. “Strong Drink” might be the best name for it in any case.
Please enjoy “Sweet Regret”: http://mahoganyandink.blogspot.com/2014/02/sweet-regret-cocktail-flash-fiction.html
[…] week’s Flash Fiction Challenge from Chuck Wendig is more bizarre than usual. It’s also just a bit more outside of my strike […]
Midnight Film Student http://rtwilder.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/midnight-film-student-a-cocktail-recipe/
2 oz cinnamon vodka
1/2 cup white tea, concentrated
Caffeine pill, crushed
Hard tap water
Serve in a used plastic water bottle.
Not my strong suit, but a fun and interesting challenge. Something topical, “The Olympus Dismount.” As always, comments and constructive criticism is welcomed.
Check out my drink the Tantrum here http://magell2.blogspot.com/2014/02/tantrum.html
[…] I have found it difficult to write fiction recently. I hate all my ideas before they really get off the ground. This is where writing challenges and prompts really help. This week I decided to take part in Chuck Wendig’s ‘Flash Fiction Challenge’. […]
Here’s my attempt: http://pop-verse.com/2014/02/07/original-fiction-cerebro-amour-by-megan-leigh/
It’s a little dark and a little bit gross. Hope you enjoy!
[…] were invented, and the previous post written, for Chuck Wendig’s flash fiction contest. The story is very rough around the edges, but the cocktails are pretty damn good. Or so I […]
Just under the wire! Here’s the story http://www.metacookbook.com/2014/02/strawberry-mermaid-and-sea-smoke-story/ and here’s the cocktails. http://www.metacookbook.com/2014/02/strawberry-mermaid-and-sea-smoke-cocktails/
Least, I hope I’m just qualifying.
1 Shot Star Vodka
1 Shot Blue Curacao
Fill flute the rest of the way with champagne.
Fun Challenge! Especially the drinking part. Ü
Thanks for looking, Terri
Found this challenge fun, interesting and, um…challenging. Here it is: http://agcurleyart.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/flash-fiction-…-a-short-story/
Oops! Seems I didn’t post the right link. Let me try again- sorry!
Finished! Drink name: Lily. http://www.theflyingcashew.com/?p=860
I would love any constructive criticism. I just began writing fiction again not too long ago.
[…] writing prompt came from Chuck Wendig. It’s a challenge to create a story with a drink designed by the author. I decided a story […]
I’m late, but here is my entry, The Drink. http://wp.me/p2AyuM-hq
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