Episode 17: @#$&! – Swearing in Fiction

DC and Avery talk about dirty words! How far is too far, and does genre affect that line? When is swearing most effective, and why would you want to use it?

Books mentioned in this episode:
  • A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers
  • Imbibe! by David Wondrich
  • Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, by Stephen King
  • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman


This week’s drink is a cheeky twist on a margarita base, utilizing ingredients that form a fitting acronym.

  • 2.5oz Sour Mix
    (can buy premade but I used the homemade recipe below)
    .75oz Huckleberry Syrup
  • 1oz Italicus Bergamot Liqueur
  • 1oz Tequila (Blanco)
  • 1 cup of ice

Homemade Sour Mix:

  • 1/2c water
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 1/2c lemon juice
  • 1/4c lime juice
    • Heat water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
    • While syrup cools, squeeze juice and strain into a bottle using a fine mesh strainer.
    • Combine cooled syrup and juice in a bottle, shake well.
    • Will last 1-2 weeks. Can add a bit of vodka to make it last up to a month in the fridge.
  1. Combine all in a blender
  2. Blend well
  3. Pour into a coupe or margarita glass

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