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A Cocktail for the New Novel!

A Cocktail for the New Novel!

In Chapter 23 of Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit, divorce attorney John Ward makes a joke about a drink make with ginger ale, and then later suggests a cocktail called The Willful Deserter, which describes some of his clients. I put those two ideas together to offer up this delightful variation on a Moscow Mule. The Willful Deserter Juice of ½ lime 2 oz pineapple juice 2 oz vodka 4 oz ginger beer (such as Reed’s Ginger Beer) Sprig of mint...

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Now All We Need is a Cocktail!

Now All We Need is a Cocktail!

We’ve only just begun to plan the book tour for Girl Waits with Gun, but I’m already working on a cocktail I can serve. (Book tour planned for Sept/Oct 2015; dates to be posted here.) After weeks of historical research and multiple trips to the liquor store, I think I’ve got it. The significance of the automobile might not be obvious to you until you’ve read the book, but I have to say that I am quite pleased with myself...

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Boozy Review: Just Add Hammock

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh My rating: 5 of 5 stars Is it wrong to do a boozy review of a children’s book? Well, this review is not for children, and as it turns out, the book is a delightful read for adults as well as kids. I hadn’t read it in a few decades, but somebody just mentioned it to me and I picked it up again. Let me tell you: Reading Harriet the Spy as an adult is like watching Rocky and Bullwinkle as an adult. You...

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Nobody’s Perfect. Especially This Drink.

Nobody’s Perfect by Donald E. Westlake My rating: 4 of 5 stars Donald Westlake’s Dortmunder novels are really all equally funny and surprising. if you haven’t read them, you have many hours of smart, witty, lighthearted reading ahead. But what to drink with them, you ask? Well, here’s the thing: the characters in the Dortmunder series (a bunch of sometimes-bumbling, sometimes-competent criminals, much like you’d...

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Latest Goodreads review: Cocktail for a Lady Killer

Lady Killer by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a delightful fast read and such a glorious period piece. It seems like every noir writer working in the 40s had to write a twisted thriller set on board a cruise ship, which leads me to believe that they all let themselves get talked into cruising out of New York and down to the tropics in the winter, found themselves bored and in a bit of a constant dark drunk stupor, and...

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Margaritas in Denver, and a Contest

Margaritas in Denver, and a Contest

Hey folks!  I’m headed back to Denver this weekend for the Douglas County Library’s Books, Bites, and Brews event. I’m going to give a little botany lesson on margaritas and you’ll get to drink a very well-made specimen.  Don’t you feel smarter already? And in other news–The Drunken Botanist is up for an award over at Goodreads.  If you’re at all interested in voting, here’s the...

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October road trip!

October road trip!

Hey people!  It’s just about time for the last farmers market cocktails of the year–and it’s time for me to hit the road.  I’ll be all over the country this month.   Here’s what’s coming up– see you there?   October 03 2013 06:00 PM — Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco, CA An evening of botanical cocktail wonderfulness. Advance registration required. October 08 2013 07:30 PM...

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More Drunken Botanist Tour Dates, and Two Plants You Should Totally Grow.

More Drunken Botanist Tour Dates, and Two Plants You Should Totally Grow.

Okay! A few more tour dates for you. See you out there? Go here if you want to see everything that’s coming up. And as always, check these venues for full details.   April 24 2013 — Culinary Arts & Letters, Chapel Hill, NC Special cocktail event with The Crunkleton and Fearrington Inn. Details coming soon. April 27 2013 02:00 PM — Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN Flower Confidential   And now,...

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Drunken Botanist Tour Dates: Southwest, East Coast, and Where is the Gin?

Drunken Botanist Tour Dates: Southwest, East Coast, and Where is the Gin?

Yes, I am still on the road! It’s hard to believe, I know. I can hardly believe it myself. So here are some tour dates, and the complete list, if you’d like to see it, is here. As always, check details with the venue before heading out. April 17 2013 07:00 PM — Changing Hands Books, Tempe, AZ Join us for a talk about The Drunken Botanist–and a fabulous cocktail made with Dripping Springs Vodka. April 18 2013 06:00 PM...

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Drunken Botanist events in Milwaukee, Miami, and Beyond. Plus, Whiskey.

Drunken Botanist events in Milwaukee, Miami, and Beyond. Plus, Whiskey.

Why, yes! It’s another week of Drunken Botanist tour dates? Are you out there, Milwaukee people? Miami people? Austin? Phoenix? Well, if you’re interested, all the tour dates are here, and as always, check with the venue to confirm event details before heading out.   April 10 2013 07:00 PM — Boswell Books at Great Lakes Distillery, Milwaukee, WI Join me and the folks from Boswell Books at Great Lakes Distillery for a free...

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