LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11:  Winnie The Pooh receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
The Bitter Cocktail Inspired By Winnie
The Pooh
By Garth Clingingsmith
There’s no shortage of recipes inspired by A.A. Milne’s books about Winnie the Pooh and his friends since these stories began in 1924. While Virginia Ellison’s “Winnie-the-Pooh-Cookbook” offers many dishes for the family, others have found a way for adults to get the same enjoyment with cocktails inspired by the beloved characters.
Bartender Toby Maloney has invented a cocktail for "the most bitter character in literature," the pessimistic donkey Eeyore. The Eeyore’s Requiem is a Negroni with Amari added to the cocktail that includes a few dashes of orange bitters and an orange twist to complete a drink that’s as bitter as the character himself.
For the less cynical, the citizens of the Hundred Acre Wood have also inspired other cocktails that are often sweet, like the honey-centric Pooh’tini, a mix of honey, honey liquor, and vodka with chamomile tea. A Glass of Bubbly combines a sparkling wine spritzer with either raspberry lemonade for Piglet, orange juice for Tigger, or honey for Pooh Bear.