The best cocktails have a story behind them. If that story happens to be a great work of literature, well, that's even better.

Beginning this weekend, bartender Chantal Tseng is officially launching a literary cocktail series at Petworth Citizen on Friday and Saturday nights. Each week, Tseng, a founder of Mockingbird Hill and the Red Eye sherry pop-up events, will pick a favorite author or novel and create a short menu of drinks that will be served at a temporary bar in the Reading Room, which is home to a free community lending library and frequently used by book clubs and author readings.

In honor of Halloween, Tseng plans to draw on the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe for her inspiration. (The full menu is below.) The bookish surroundings should blend nicely with the beverages: Visitors can get and drink, pick a book off the shelves and settle in. Petworth Citizen chef Jerry Zawacki is creating a short menu of snacks that will only be available in the Reading Room.

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There's more good news on the horizon: Starting Nov. 12, Dan Searing, a co-owner of Room 11 and the author of "The Punch Bowl," and Carlie Steiner, formerly of Barmini and now owner of Stir Bartending Co., will take over the Reading Room on Thursday nights, though the details of their series aren't set in stone yet.

Here's the menu of Poe drinks for this weekend's grand opening. All selections are $14.

"The Cask of Amontillado"
Amontillado, aromatic bitters, orange peel

"Into the Maelstrom"
Rhum agricole, grapefruit, honey, cinnamon, singed rosemary

"Silence - A Fable"
Sweet vermouth, Fernet Branca, saffron, absinthe, orange peel

"Island of the Fay"
Dolin Bianco, Genepy, sparkling cider, lemon peel, cornflowers

"William Wilson" (served hot or cold)
Rendezvous Rye, lemon, Earl Grey tea, star anise

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