Read Planetary, Drink Bourbon

I told you that I’ve been reading a lot of comics lately, right? Something about the quick storylines, the relative ease of picking them up, and–of course–the bright images helped me ease into them for my summer reading mojo.

It appears lengthier reads like Dune which were my summer mainstay have been out of the way for the last few years. I just want comics and romances.

Apparently I am reverting back as a reader. (Or expanding? Who knows.)

In the case of Planetary at least, it was definitely an expansion. Written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by John Cassady, Planetary follows the members of “Planetary,” a secret organization dedicated to researching the Earth’s mysteries.

We are first introduced to Elijah Snow, the somewhat distant anti-hero who can manipulate temperature on demand. Surprisingly, the ability to freeze things was really interesting. There’s also Jakita–the badass warrior woman you expect from your comics–and the Drummer, a slightly autistic hippie who can manipulate information streams.


The fourth character (and no, not the actual mysterious one) is undoubtedly the stunning artwork in the comic. Along with scientific concepts, unearthed civilizations, and hidden military secrets, the comic makes for a mind-bending ride through an alternate universe.

In honor of Elijah Snow’s Southern drawl, we’re turning to some smooth bourbon for sipping with this. It’s a shorter series, so you should be able to handle the higher alcohol content, right?

I’m taking a page from Smitten Kitchen (I really do that quite often) and pairing the comic with a drink that’s made for summer evenings, long shadows, and porch swings. I hope you enjoy the comic and enjoy the drink!

Vermontucky Lemonade, adapted from Smitten Kitchen 


  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water, plus additional if needed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Bourbon
  • Lots of ice


Mix lemon juice with water and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Taste for sweetness. If you like your lemonade sweeter, add remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup. If you found the sweetness just right, add an additional 1/4 cup cold water instead. Stir to mix. This yields 1 quart of maple lemonade.

Fill a glass with ice. Pour your desired amount of bourbon over the ice–between 1-2 shots– and fill the glass the rest of the way with maple lemonade.

Have you read Planetary? What are your favorite bourbon drinks? 

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  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    Mmmm. Hard lemonade. The only drink better during the summer is sangria.

    Now I want hard lemonade. Funny, that.

    • Nikki Steele

      Haha right? It looks so yummy right now.

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  • The Lonely D12 Team

    Now I just need to get you to start posting about Scotch…

    • Nikki Steele

      Oooh. Perhaps I need to learn more about it…

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