The Monroeville Literary Festival is known for the talent it attracts, and especially for the hospitality it offers. Our audiences have enjoyed picnics and fish fries on the lawn of the Monroe County Museum, and dined on the best catering in the county at the Monroeville Community House. And while we wish that we could send everyone a hamper of the best of Monroe County, we can share one of our favorite literary-inspired cocktails to toast this year's recipients of the Alabama Literary Arts Awards! Truman's "Orange Drink"
Truman Capote is remembered as the author of In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and numerous short stories and other works. His works have been adapted for film and stage over 20 times. In addition to his talents as a writer, Capote was a noted bon-vivant of New York society. His 1966 Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel is still remembered as one of the finest social events of the 20th century.
Long before he rubbed elbows with Vanderbilts and princesses, though, Truman Streckfus Persons was a young boy who found himself left with relatives in rural Monroeville, Alabama. Here he lived next door to young Nelle Harper Lee, and developed a friendship that would follow him into adulthood and history.
Each September, near Capote's September 30 birthday, Monroeville Main Street and the Friends of the Monroe County Public Library host the Capote and Cocktails Fundraiser. Truman's "Orange Drink" is a highlight of the event, and we are pleased to share it with you. Truman's "Orange Drink" 2 oz of Vodka 2 oz of Grand Marnier 3 oz of Orange Juice
Shake with ice and serve with an orange slice.