📖: Crystal Z. Lee’s Love and Other Moods (2020)
🍸: sleepless in Shanghai
Why this book?
This novel transported me across the world, following Naomi Kita-Fan to Shanghai. This is where Naomi moved to be with her fiancé, but finds herself suddenly single, learning how to navigate living in a new country, with some help from old and new friends who take her to exposition centers, glitzy restaurants, and architectural sites. During a time when we’re always at home, it helped me feel like I could get away for a little bit and live vicariously through these characters’ vibrant social lives!
I also enjoyed that this story put a spotlight on Asian characters in a non-US setting, all the while exploring some nuanced themes of identity and belonging — from the perspectives of “third-culture kids,” people who return to their home in Asia after spending time abroad, and indivduals who marry across nationalities despite familial expectations. As an Asian person who has only lived in the US, I found it very interesting to get a glimpse of these characters’ experiences in a very fast-paced and global city in Asia.
Thank you so much, Crystal Z. Lee, for gifting me a copy of your book!
Why this drink?
At one point in the novel, the characters go out to Party World for karaoke, where they have a drink that’s popular in Shanghai: whiskey mixed with iced green tea. Since I LOVE karaoke, I’m pairing this novel with a gingery, bubbly whiskey green tea drink, which has got me dreaming about future karaoke nights and all the songs that I can’t wait to sing again! 🤩🎤🎶
sleepless in Shanghai
2 oz whiskey
4 oz green tea
1/2 oz ginger syrup
1/2 oz lemon
2 oz seltzer water
- Add all ingredients (except for the seltzer water) in a shaker, and shake well with ice.
- Strain into a glass with fresh ice.
- Top off with seltzer water and garnish with lemon.
Another round, please! 🥂
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