The highly anticipated third installment of the Hunger Games series drops tonight, which has many young fans eagerly snapping up tickets, braiding their hair and waiting for that first glimpse of Katniss’ super serious face.
I, unlike many of these young fans, will be seeing Mockingjay, Part 1 on it’s wide release tomorrow, and instead will be celebrating this eve of revolution in Literary Happy Hour style.
Searching for Hunger Games-themed cocktails comes up with a lot of frilly, girly stuff. Sure, this might suit Effie Trinket, but I feel totally misses the mark for the themes of this final book. Despite some fairly chaotic writing, the last book is, well, bleak. Civil war is breaking out, districts are burned to the ground, Buttercup was forgotten in District 12. Lots of depression, despair, even some drugs. I’m guessing that as this is part one of Mockingjay, we’re not gonna see too many happy moments (like one *ahem* wedding – I think they’ll save that for part two).
So in keeping with that theme, I refuse to think that anyone in District 13, the headquarters of this revolution, has any time or patience for cocktails. Come on, they have schedules tattooed on their wrists for crissakes. This is a no-nonsense, ultra efficient kind of place. I imagine if they had booze at all, it would be of the no-nonsense, no frills variety, possibly just kept around for cleansing wounds or bribing Haymitch. They’d likely have resorted to making their own – you know, like bathtub gin or moonshine.
Sure, it tastes like rubbing alcohol, but that’s not what this is about! A revolution calls for toasts… Or possibly something to take the edge off.
I’ll see you at the movies, fellow Hunger Games fans.
And may the odds be ever in your favor!