Book Club for Creative Entrepreneurs

You're Invited to Join Us

We know how important it is to constantly challenge ourselves to think differently.
Which is why we've started a free monthly online book club for creative entrepreneurs and unconventional thinkers.

You already know that reading is great - you can learn how to solve problems more creatively and spark new ideas.
Also related: The best conversations always happen when you’re hanging out with your friends at happy hour.

So how does this work?

We'll chat about our selected book throughout the month in the Unconventional Creative #bookclub Slack channel.

Then we'll meet 'live' online towards the end of the month to enjoy that month's cocktail, martini, or other adult beverage while discussing the themes and ideas from that month's book.

What if I don't read the book?

That's okay... join us anyway! You may learn something new and be able to offer insight as well.

This isn’t meant to give you ‘one more thing to do’ in your hectic schedule, and we realize there may be some months you can't read some or all of the book.

Either way, you’re still invited to join us each month for cocktails and (virtual) conversations!

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BOOK: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
Live Online Discussion: Wednesday, September 18th, 8:00pm Central

September Cocktail: Pisco Sour
September Martini: White Cosmopolitan
Backup Alternatives: Beer or Wine

Rocks Old Fashioned glass

Pisco Sour


1.5 oz. Pisco

.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
Angostura bitters (or your choice)

 

Add Pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white to a cocktail shaker and give it a dry shake to mix.

Fill with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds; strain into a rocks glass.

Garnish with several drops of bitters on top of the foam.

Martini glass

White Cosmopolitan


2 oz. vodka
1 oz. white cranberry juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Orchid for garnish

 

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 10-15 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with an orchid or other edible flower (frozen, if desired).

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BOOK: The Power of Unreasonable People by John Elkington & Pamela Hartigan
Live Online Discussion: Wednesday, October 23rd, 8:00pm Central

October Cocktail: Violette Femme
October Martini: Lemon Drop
Backup Alternatives: Beer or Wine

Coupe glass

Violette Femme


1.5 oz. vodka
.5 oz. Cointreau
.5 oz. Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette liqueur
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
.75 oz. simple syrup
.5 dropper B’lure butterfly pea flower extract
1 egg white

 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and give it a dry shake. Add ice and shake to chill, then strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Garnish with more B’lure butterfly pea flower extract art.

Martini glass

Lemon Drop


2 oz. vodka
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
lemon for garnish and rimming the glass
coarse sugar

 

Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a lemon wedge and dip in sugar; chill glass.

Combine the vodka, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.

Shake well and strain into your chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a lemon wheel or a lemon twist.

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BOOK: Building A Story Brand by Donald Miller
Live Online Discussion: Wednesday, November 20th, 8:00pm Central

November Cocktail: Rosemary Maple Bourbon Smash
November Martini: Dirty Martini
Backup Alternatives: Beer or Wine

Rocks Old Fashioned glass

Rosemary Maple Bourbon Smash


1.5 oz. bourbon
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
4-5 slices of lemon
⅓ oz. maple syrup (or more, to taste)
Fresh rosemary sprigs

Smack 1 rosemary sprig between the palm of your hands and place in a cocktail shaker. Muddle bourbon, rosemary, maple syrup, lemon juice, and 2-3 lemon slices in the shaker to release flavors.

Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with rosemary sprig and lemon slice.

Martini glass

Dirty Martini

 

2.5 oz. gin or vodka
.5 oz. dry vermouth
.5 oz. olive brine (or more)

Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake until cold.

Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with 2-3 olives on a pick.

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BOOK: The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
Live Online Discussion: Wednesday, December 18th, 8:00pm Central

December Cocktail: Spiced Rum Old Fashioned
December Martini: Mistletoe Martini
Backup Alternatives: Beer or Wine

Rocks Old Fashioned glass

Spiced Rum Old Fashioned


3 oz. aged rum
1 cube cane sugar
5 dashes of aromatic bitters
1-2 cloves
1 stick of cinnamon (plus 2 for garnish)
2 strips of orange zest (plus 2 for garnish)

Add sugar cubes and aromatic bitters to a cocktail shaker; muddle ingredients until the sugar has mostly dissolved.

Add the aged rum, cloves, cinnamon, and orange zest to the shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 second, then allow to sit for 30 seconds.

Strain into a rocks glass containing large cubes of ice, and garnish with remaining cinnamon sticks and orange zest.

Martini glass

Mistletoe Martini


1.5 oz. vodka
.75 oz. cherry brandy
Juice of 1 lime
Raspberries
Rosemary
Sugar

Rim a martini glass with sugar and chill.

Add a few raspberries, a sprig of rosemary, and the lime juice to a cocktail shaker; muddle lightly to release flavors. Fill halfway with ice and add vodka and cherry brandy; shake 10-15 seconds vigorously.

Strain into the chilled martini glass and garnish with 2 raspberries and a sprig of rosemary.

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BOOK: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Live Online Discussion: Wednesday, January 22nd, 8:00pm Central

January Cocktail: Winter Grapefruit Margarita
January Martini: Chocolatini
Backup Alternatives: Beer or Wine

Rocks Old Fashioned glass

Winter Grapefruit Margarita


3 oz. tequila
1.5 oz. Cointreau
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
1.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
Lime wheels
Chile salt

Add the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and grapefruit juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake vigorously for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled rocks glass rimmed with chile salt and containing large cubes of ice.

Garnish with lime wheels.

Martini glass

Chocolatini


1.5 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur
.5 oz. vodka
1.5 oz. Creme de Cacao
2.5 oz. heavy cream

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until ice cold.

Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with chocolate shavings, if desired.

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BOOK: Story Driven by Bernadette Jiwa
Live Online Discussion: Wednesday, February 26th, 8:00pm Central

February Cocktail: Clover Club
February Martini: Blue Heaven Martini
Backup Alternatives: Beer or Wine

Coupe glass

Clover Club


2 oz. gin
1 egg white
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
.5 oz. raspberry syrup*

Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with 3 speared raspberries.

*Note: Instead of raspberry syrup, you can muddle 3 or 4 fresh raspberries and 1/2 oz simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water).

Martini glass

Blue Heaven Martini


1.5 oz. vodka
1 oz. blue curaçao
.5 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Maraschino cherries for garnish

Add the vodka, blue curaçao, and elderflower liqueur to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake vigorously until well chilled, then strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a cherry.

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