Combining a love of reading with delicious paired cocktails and great conversation inspired Kirsty Herriot on a new business venture.
Taking time to curl up in your favourite chair, with a drink in hand and devour a good book is one of life’s great pleasures. But if you want to share your love for an author, discuss a book’s thorny moral questions, or just see some human faces, then the act of reading need not be an isolated affair. And this has always been the premise for many a book club. Founder of The Boozy Book Club Kirsty Herriot has shared her love of reading with friends for many years and felt she’d perfected the art of the book club. The rules of book club were simple – the host had to theme and match a cocktail to the book. “It became quite a competition between hosts, and an absolute delight to sip and hear why and how the cocktail was created, adding a whole new dimension to discussing the themes and characters of the books.”
The Boozy Book Club was born when Kirsty began gifting her friends bottle of homemade Tequila Mockingbirds (her cocktail choice at their very first North Berwick book club) because they kept dropping hints about how much they loved them! Inspired, she decided to sell a Christmas To Kill a Mockingbird box which proved incredibly successful, and producing more of the same was the obvious next step. Throughout the various lockdowns, Kirsty’s book club continued – connecting online and keeping in touch with each other. And it was important to her, that people who bought her boxes were able to join the book club too.
Not even a year in and The Boozy Book Club has grown from strength to strength, Kirsty has thought of everything. Each The Boozy Book Club Box is carefully curated with a specially chosen book and cocktail, a recipe so you can make the cocktails at home, a playlist of tunes to listen to, and surprise gifts which once you have read the book make absolute sense. Plus you get to join The Boozy Book club once a month as they host live author interviews. Kirsty adds; “For our first online meeting, I asked the author to join us. It was so amazing I knew this was something I wanted to continue. It felt like an impossible task to get bestseller Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library, to join us. And I was overwhelmed when he agreed.” Since then Kirsty has convinced every author featured in the monthly boxes to join them online. And at this year’s Fringe by the Sea, Kirsty interviewed, in front of a live audience, author Evie Wyld about her book, The Bass Rock.
Kirsty has big plans for The Boozy Book Club, but at its heart it’s still just about friends sharing books and a really well made cocktail!