Bookish and boozy

Cocktail Book Club, Hot Italian

Illustration by Kyle Shine

Admit it: Most book club meetings include drinks. This summer, Hot Italian combines them for Cocktail Book Club. In July, August and September, $20 gets you a book of cocktail recipes from Ten Speed Press and a coordinating tipple. For July, it’s the book Spritz and a classic Aperol Spritz, made with an Italian aperitif flavored with bitter orange, gentian and rhubarb. A spritz makes a bubbly summery refresher with its mix of sparkling wine and club soda. Aperol adds a dash of bitterness that goes perfectly with your waning political patience. 1627 16th Street,