Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Make an Easy Layered Eggnog Latte Cocktail plus Read Our Culinary Crime Files!

Here's a quick-and-easy lesson in making a beautiful eggnog latte cocktail for the holiday season, perfect for helping us celebrate our brand new mystery releases!  

Don't miss the fun of reviewing our Culinary Crime Files following my recipe. And may your holidays be bright!

~ Cleo

Cleo Coyle's Chilly, Creamy,
Layered Eggnog Latte Cocktail


Chilled Eggnog
Chilled Kahlua (or make your own coffee liqueur)*
Cold Whipped Cream
Ground Nutmeg
Cinnamon Stick

*Get my recipe to make your own Kahlua in Billionaire Blend.


(1) Start with a pretty, clear glass for presentation. A stemless snifter, stemless wine glass, or clear tumbler will work nicely.

(2) Pour in a few fingers of Kahlua (or your favorite coffee liqueur), enough to give you a thick visual layer.

(3) Tilt the glass and position the spout of the eggnog carton against the rim, as shown. (If using homemade eggnog, place it in a container with a spout, such as a glass measuring cup.)

(4) Pour in the eggnog very slowly, as shown. Use the side of the glass to slow the pour even more and prevent it from mixing with the Kahlua.

(5) Because eggnog is made with cream, it's lighter in density than the Kahlua, which is why it will float. Continue pouring until you have a nice, visible layer. 

How thick a layer of eggnog is up to your own taste. I like my eggnog layer to resemble the head on a dark beer--or the crema on a freshly pulled espresso.

(6) Finish with a festive shot of whipped cream, a sprinkling of ground nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick.

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For more layered drink recipes and
additional tips and tricks on layering 
drinks (including 2 how-to videos), 

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New Release



SUBJECT: Krista Davis

GUILTY OF: Giving up the Ghost 

IN BRIEF: This is the spirited sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Murder, She Barked, which kicked off Krista's terrific new Paws and Claws Mystery series...

The Story: Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly getaway in the United States, is gearing up for a howling good Halloween—until a spooky murder shakes the town to its core...

Holly Miller doesn’t believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail’s annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time. 

But the frights turn real when Holly’s Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel’s bathhouse—the spot of the town’s most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn’t just accidental. Now she’ll have to race to catcha flesh-and-blood killer—before someone else in town gives up the ghost. Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!

ALL UNITS, APB: Krista is also guilty of writing the New York Times bestselling Domestic Diva Mysteries

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SUBJECT: Lucy Burdette

GUILTY OF: Turning up the Heat 

IN BRIEF: The fifth delightful book in Lucy's wonderful Key West Food Critic Mysteries, the only snow in Key West this Christmas is Hayley Snow, food critic for Key Zest magazine, who is not getting time off for the holiday…...or time off from murder!

The Story: It may be Christmastime, but thoughts of peace on earth, good will toward men, don’t seem to extend to the restaurant biz. Hayley has been assigned to interview Edel Waugh, chef/owner of Key West’s hottest new restaurant. But off the record, Edel reveals someone’s sabotaging her kitchen and asks Hayley to investigate.

Things heat up fast when the restaurant is set on fire—and a body is discovered in the charred wreckage. Is someone out to destroy the chef’s business—or actually kill her? Amid holiday festivities like the lighted boat parade and visiting relatives who stir up mixed emotions, Hayley needs to smoke out an arsonist and a killer who may turn up the heat on her next…. Includes recipes!

ALL UNITS, APB: Lucy Burdette is an alias for author and clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, who also writes the Advice Column Mysteries.

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for your investigation?
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SUBJECT: Cleo Coyle
GUILTY OF: Brewing Up Murder
From the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Blend comes an enchanting new entry in the "satisfyingly rich" Coffeehouse Mystery series.

The Story: Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi and her merry band of baristas give their coffee truck a "Jack and the Beanstalk" makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare's coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties. His octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds, but Clare remains skeptical--until she receives a vision that helps her find a young model's body in the park's woods.

The police dismiss "sleeping beauty" as the victim of a drug overdose. Then Clare uncovers evidence that points to a list of suspects--from a New York Giant to quite a few wicked witches--and a cold case murder that reaches back to the Cold War. Now Clare is really in the woods with a dangerous predator on her heels and an investigation that leads from a secret Prince Charming Club right back to her own NYPD detective boyfriend. If she doesn't solve this mystery, those magic beans predict an unhappy ending. Includes wicked good recipes!

ALL UNITS, APB: Cleo's partner in crime-writing is her husband, Marc Cerasini. Together they are guilty of writing a second popular series called The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. 

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  1. These layered drinks look delicious! Definitely going to try these as they look easy to make, yet festive.

  2. I could use one right about now. Congrats on all 3 new releases ladies. I look forward to reading them.

  3. What a cute presentation, the drink and the guilty of crime files! Congrats on your new releases, Krista, Cleo, & Lucy!!

    Daryl / Avery

  4. Thanks to all you ladies, and to Cleo for the adorable post! xox

  5. Whoa! That's a lot of Kahlua! Not that that has ever stopped me! What a delicious drink. Love our crime profiles! LOL! Thanks, Cleo!

  6. Great drinks, of course.
    And fabulous crime files!

    1. Oh, and hurray on the new books! More great reading ahead.

  7. I don't drink lattes but this could change my mind

  8. Three winners for sure������

  9. Love the crime files! What fun - makes me want to read them all right now. I'm not much of a drinker, but I can never resist Kahlua or Frangelico, and those drinks look far too tempting to even try to resist.

  10. Great looking drinks. Love the crime files!!