Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Witchy Woman Cocktail from Stirring the Plot

From Daryl aka Avery:

Stirring the Plot has been out for a week, to great reviews and nice sales! Yay! Thanks to all who have helped make it a great success!  

Last week's giveaway winner for a Cookbook Nook giveaway was Christine!  Congrats!!!

On the Sunday guest day with Miranda James, Candace K won the giveaway!  I hope everyone has a copy of Miranda's new book.

Congrats to Sheila on her new release of Picked to Die!!! I know you'll sell a bushel of books!

And now for a taste of deliciousness...

Witchy Woman Brew. Where do we get the names for our recipes? I don't know. Dreams? Nightmares?

In Stirring the Plot, one of the first things that occurs is a party hostessed by the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group who raises money for literacy. Jenna's aunt Vera happens to be a Winsome Witch.

No, they're not real witches. They're good ladies. Volunteers. Hooray for all the volunteers in this world!! How else could we function?

Anyway, the party takes everyone on a tour of Crystal Cove, from the lighthouse to the graveyard to the historic first garden shop and pub. Spooky good times! I had so much fun writing this particular set of chapters. All my Halloween-y imagination was engaged. I hope you enjoy the book.

You can see by the cover that, yes, this book centers around Halloween. Note: it is NOT a paranormal. It's a culinary mystery. And that means food.

In the book, you'll find recipes for spicy chocolate, popcorn balls, candy, French silk fudge cake, and more!

Here's a tidbit from Aunt Vera:

The very first year we held the Winsome Witches luncheon, I was the one to come up with this recipe. I’m not a big drinker, but I really love a sweet, fun cocktail. A colorful drink in a martini glass brings out the twenty-something girl in me. Invigorating when one is well into her sixties. Serving the cocktail in a sugar-rimmed martini glass makes the drink look ever so festive.

Witchy Woman Cocktail
(makes four to six drinks)

4 ounces Midori Melon liqueur or Citronella liqueur
4 ounces dark rum
4 ounces light rum
8 ounces red cranberry juice
8 ounces apple juice
4 ounces simple syrup
8 tablespoons lemon juice
Melon balls for garnish
Sugar for martini glasses

Prepare the martini glasses by wetting the rims and dipping the rims in the sugar. Set aside to let sugar harden.

Meanwhile, pour the liquids into a pitcher and mix well. Set in a refrigerator to chill.

When ready to serve, pour 6 ounces of liquid in to a martini glass. Garnish with a skewered melon ball.

Simple Syrup Recipe

2 cups sugar
1 cup water

Bring the water to a boil in a 6-quart pot. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water. Stir constantly. Once the sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes, remove the pot from the heat. Don’t let the syrup boil too long or it will get thick.




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  1. congratulations on a great first week Daryl! Hope you're on a beach somewhere sipping the witchy woman cocktail! xo

  2. Is that a melon ball "eye ball" I see in the drink?!
    Fun stuff!

  3. Congrats, Daryl! What a great week for you. And I love this cocktail - chic yet shriek!

    I can't wait to sip one while lounging and thinking dangerous thoughts.


  4. How refreshing that sounds. Not a bit witchy, but maybe one ought not fly on a broom after a couple of these?

  5. I see a "spirited" Halloween ahead with this tasty brew. Thanks for sharing, Daryl, and cheers to you on your new release!