Friday, November 26, 2021

Apple Cidertini from @MaddieDayAuthor plus #giveaway

MADDIE: Well, Thanksgiving is over. I hope you all had a delicious, cozy, and safe feast yesterday. That said, if family has departed, you might want a nice adult beverage to relax (collapse?) on the couch with as you curl up with a cozy mystery, and you might have some apple cider still in the fridge. 

In Murder at the Lobstah Shack - which releases Tuesday, squee! - Mac Almeida's boyfriend Tim makes a delicious Cidertini for her one evening. I thought it would be a perfect time to let you all in on the recipe!

Apple Cidertini

I was out of apple brandy, and regular brandy was fine.
For one serving:

1/2 cup apple cider

2 ounces vodka

1 ounce apple brandy

Cinnamon stick to stir

Apple slice for garnish


Combine cider and liquors. Shake over ice and serve in a pretty glass, or just pour over ice in a Manhattan glass. Enjoy!

Readers: What's your favorite holiday or post-holiday drink? I'll send one commenter a signed copy of the brand-new book!

Please join me and others in Kensington Authors' party on Facebook on the evening of 30 November!

And on December first, my good friend author Ellen Byron and I are going to present the virtual Edith and Ellen show, hosted by Belmont Books, with chat, prizes, and lots of laughter. I hope you'll register for it!

My most recent release is Country Store Mystery #9. No Grater Crime came out in August!

Murder at the Lobstah Shack, the third Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery, is up for preorder and releases at the end of November.

The next up is Batter Off Dead, Country Store Mystery #10, to release in February 2022.

We hope you'll visit Maddie and her Agatha Award-winning alter ego Edith Maxwell on our web site, sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit us on social media, and check our all our books and short stories.

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. I like hot cocoa with either cinnamon schnapps or Fireball in it for a chilly winter night. Warms me up quite nicely. 3labsmom(at)gmail(dot)com.

  2. I enjoy coffee with a shot of Grand Marnier or a non-flaming Irish Coffee. egoehner(at)roadrunner(dot)com.

  3. I love peppermint hot chocolate. Thanks for the chance! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  4. I like a cup of hot tea and a good book!! Just got finished with No Grater Crime and it was so good!!! I just can't put your books down, so entertaining!!

  5. Congratulations on the soon to be released "Murder at the Lobstah Shack"!

    The APPLE CIDERTINI sounds yummy and I would to try one.

    I love a drink I found on a trip that was served at the Drury. They called it Skittle, but it wasn't like what I found when I researched the recipe. So on the next trip I asked what was in it and watched closer to them making it. It's orange juice, vodka, sprite, grenadine and a splash of sweet and sour topped with cherries. I will confess that as a general rule I still only drink it when we stop at Drury. Most times in the winter if I want a special treat, I make homemade cocoa with real whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  6. Can't go wrong with the classic hot chocolate loaded with marshmallows. But I'm always on the lookout for fun drinks. I have everything I need for a Cidertini so I'll have to try it this weekend when we have our Thanksgiving.

  7. Love the holiday hot chocolates.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  8. Just plain old eggnog for me.

  9. Coffee with Bailey's Irish Cream.

  10. Years ago I was introduced to a drink with no name mabey someone can come up with one in a standard 8 place a cinnamon stick 1oz bailey's top up with boilled water, use cinnamon stick to stir. Mmmmm Kat

  11. The Apple Cidertini sounds good. I love Coquito. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. You are the lucky winner, Robyn! Congratulations, and please check your email.

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  13. Rumchatta and expresso is my favorite!

  14. Long Island Iced Tea for me 😁 Can’t wait to read the Lobstah Shack!

  15. Hot chocolate is my favorite!

  16. An Almond Joy - Baileys and Amaretto and cream -a lovely holiday treat!!

  17. I like a little hot chocolate with marshmallows.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  18. I like hot chocolate with whipped cream! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. I've been thinking about mulled wine.
    One year, a long time ago, my brother in law made Tom and Jerry drinks. Kind of a cousin to eggnog. I remember them as marvelous, but the few times I've tried, my results left a lot to be desired!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  20. I don't usually drink alcohol, so hot chocolate for me.

  21. I love to try new drinks! For decades I used to make my own liqueurs,(Mom taught me how to make Kahlua, the rest were from friends) save some for me and give the rest as gifts. I also like hot mulled cider or wine. Now I just mostly relax with anything spiked with bourbon or rum, whether it's Hot Toddies, egg nog or hot chocolate,especially the Mexican version. Otherwise,I just have a few glasses of wine and I'm good! BTW, I really enjoyed No Grater Crime! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  22. Visiting Colorado a few years ago, I tried a local speciality, Gingercello. It makes an amazing Cosmo. In a shaker add 2 oz vodka, 1 oz Gingercello, 1/2 oz each Pomegranate and Cranberry juice, a slice each of lemon and lime squeezed into the shaker. Shake with ice, pour into a martini glass and garnish with fresh mint. YUM! (Compliments of Marble Distillery, Carbondale, CO)

  23. Robyn K is the lucky winner! Congratulations, Robyn, and thanks to all for your yummy drink ideas.

  24. Thank you for sharing your FUN-tastic writing skills Edith/Maddie!!! Highest on my list of seasonal drinks, and much above all...EGGNOG...waiting all year for it...yeah! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great read before going to sleep :-)

  25. Congratulations on your release this week. I’ll be looking forward to holding a book as soon as my ribs are healed from my bad fall. I’d be thrilled to read your book while I’m coming fined to bed with my broken ankle and foot and knee injuries. You’d think that I had been tippling too much wouldn’t you?

    My favorite cold weather drink is homemade hot chocolate with Kailua and whipped cream on top! Dessert!

    So happy for you and another release . You are amazing! Cynthia Blain