John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck



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Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden

John Steinbeck's Biography

John Steinbeck was one of the foremost American writers of the 20th century, best known for his novels Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath, which depicted the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression with artful empathy. The Grapes of Wrath was awarded both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and was cited as a large part of Steinbeck’s 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature.

According to some accounts, Steinbeck enjoyed brandy, but when it came to cocktails he was a perennial fan of the Jack Rose. It’s a Prohibition-era drink that defies expectations, as it blends applejack, grenadine, and lemon or lime juice (lime’s usually more palatable), and somehow turns out pretty drinkable.

Like many writers of his era, Steinbeck was reportedly a heavy drinker. But to hear him tell it, the booze was simply a vehicle to a life well lived.

What John Steinbeck Drinks


A spirit distilled from fermented fruit juice, usually wine grapes.

Jack Rose

Applejack, Lemon Juice, Grenadine

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”

-John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck Quotes

"I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment."