Foe by J.M. Coetzee + Famous Grouse

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Let's celebrate summer with a reinvention of Robinson Crusoe at a bar named after another famous castaway. And, though this is a whisky meetup and Famous Grouse is a very nice blend, no one will judge you for having a frozen watermelon margarita!

The Book- Foe by J.M. Coetzee

With the same electrical intensity of language and insight that he brought to Waiting for the Barbarians , J.M. Coetzee reinvents the story of Robinson Crusoe—and in so doing, directs our attention to the seduction and tyranny of storytelling itself.

In 1720 the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe is approached by Susan Barton, lately a castaway on a desert island. She wants him to tell her story, and that of the enigmatic man who has become her rescuer, companion, master, and sometimes lover: Cruso. Cruso is dead, and his manservant, Friday, is incapable of speech. As she tries to relate the truth about him, the ambitious Barton cannot help turning Cruso into her invention. For as narrated by Foe—as by Coetzee himself—the stories we thought we knew acquire depths that are at once treacherous, elegant, and unexpectedly moving.

The Whisky: Famous Grouse

First produced in 1860 (when it was just 'The Grouse'), The Famous Grouse has been the No. 1 whisky in Scotland since 1980. It's a blend that includes scotch from The Macallan and Highland Park, among others, and is married and matured in old sherry casks for up to six months.

The Bar: Gilligan's

Summery as a clambake, Gilligan’s is SoHo’s salve for the warmer months of New York. Open May through late September, the expansive outdoor space brings a taste of the tropics to Downtown Manhattan. With tropical décor and an island-vibe food and drink menu, Gilligan’s is known for its ingredient-driven dishes, including seafood sourced from the best farms and fishermen on Long Island, with signature pizzas coming from the kitchen’s stone oven. The famed Frozen Watermelon Margarita is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, along with a refreshing selection of rosés and beers.