Thursday, May 30, 2019

Campari Spritz to Celebrate! #recipe @lucyburdette

 LUCY BURDETTE: As you might have heard, A DEADLY FEAST, the ninth Key West mystery, was published by Crooked Lane Books on May 7. W​e need to celebrate with a special drink! Plus, it's my anniversary...27 years with this sweet guy...

Let the festivities commence...​there is so much going on in this book— murder on a food tour, Thanksgiving, family drama, and hopefully a wedding--​that my characters don't have much time to relax with a drink. I ​re​read th​e​ scene in which Ha​y​ley​ Snow​‘s parents are serving Thanksgiving dinner to a motley collection of guests including Ha​y​ley​'​s father and his new wife, Lorenzo the Taro​t​ card reader, Ha​y​ley‘s boss, her roommate Miss Gloria, and hopefully​--soon--​her fiancé. The​y serve​ champagne​,​ of course​,​ and wine​ with dinner​, and ​there is ​a mention of a cranberry cocktail​,​ but no​ helpful​ details provided…

So ​​chose the​ drink that I’ve been dying to make. It’s called a Campari spritz​. It's light and perfect for an evening at the beach or by the fire! I think you’ll like it. My tasters found it delicious!

1 ounce C​a​mpari
3 ounces Prosecco
Club soda or sparkling water
Sliced  Orange
Maraschino cherries

Fill up​ a​ pretty glass with ice. And the C​a​mpari followed by the Prosecco, and​ finally​ add club soda or sparkling water to taste. Garnish with sliced oranges and maraschino cherries. Retire to the beach or the pool or your armchair to sip and read… 


Before Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow's family descends on the island for Thanksgiving and her wedding to heart throb Detective Nathan Bransford, she has one last assignment--a review of a seafood tasting tour conducted by her friend Analise Smith. But when one of the tourists collapses on the last stop, Analise begs her to investigate before the police destroy her business and shut down the local Key West eateries on her tour. Pressure mounts when Analise calls a second time to request that Hayley meet with Chef Martha Hubbard, who prepared key lime pies for the tasting tour and is terrified that someone poisoned her pies to ruin her reputation. Chefs all around town are preparing their versions of a Thanksgiving feast, but with a murderer on the loose, will Hayley and her friends have anything left to be thankful for?
Praise for Lucy Burdette's Key West mysteries:​

“There’s a lot to love about this series—deft plotting, likeable characters, and an ending that always satisfies. But one of the things I love the best is how the author transports her readers to Key West with every page, describing real landmarks and restaurants with such realism that I feel I’m actually there. Magical and delicious fun!”
—Suspense Magazine

Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 17 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, A Deadly Feast (Crooked Lane Books, May 2019.)  Read more at You can also find Lucy on Facebook and Instagram.

This recipe first appeared on Drinks with Reads...


  1. I was introduced to Campari on a trip to Italy and it always reminds me of that time. Your Campari spritz sounds so refreshing and delicious. Happy Anniversary!

  2. The book is terrific! Lots of excitement!

    Does Campari have a bitter taste?

    Well done on the anniversary<3 <3 <3

    1. By the way, that's a great app you used to transform the cover picture.

  3. Happy Anniversary! Happy Belated Book Day!
    The drink looks terrific! I can't wait to try it!