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A few period appropriate Cocktails/Mocktails to sip while reading THIS SIDE OF MURDER...
September 18, 2017

Just for fun, I thought I’d share some period appropriate Cocktails/Mocktails for those of you looking for something special to indulge in during the THIS SIDE OF MURDER Online Release Party, or while kicking back to read the book. Enjoy! But as always, please drink responsibility.



Talk about a great name. This one was invented by Ada “Coley” Coleman, one of the few women known to have tended bar in the pre-American-Prohibition Era, though she did it at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London.


1 ½ ounces gin

1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth

2 dashes Fernet Branca

Orange twist



Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist a piece of orange peel over the drink and use as garnish.




A creamy, green cocktail invented in 1919, and recently making a comeback.



1 ounce white crème de cacao

1 ounce green crème de menthe

1 ounce heavy cream




In a cocktail shaker, combine the crème de cacao, crème de menthe and cream. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe.


Lest you think I forgot those of you who don’t imbibe…





1.75 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened

8 ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed

3/4 cup Creme de Menthe (green)

3/4 cup Creme de Cacao (white)

Whipped cream and Andes mints for garnish, optional



In a large bowl, combine ice cream, Cool Whip, Creme de Menthe and Creme de Cacao. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a container (such as an empty ice cream bucket) and freeze overnight. Thaw around 30 minutes before serving. Serve with whipped cream and Andes mints.   



For all you Gatsby enthusiasts…



It was created in Shoemaker’s, a Washington DC bar, during a brutal heat wave in the 1890s. Described as refreshingly bubbly and pleasantly bitter, it was especially popular during the summer and the Gilded Age. It’s also the only cocktail mentioned by name in The Great Gatsby.



Half a well-washed lime

2 ounces London dry gin

Chilled club soda

Optional: splash simple syrup



Fill a 10-ounce Collins glass with ice. Squeeze lime into the glass, getting as much juice out of it as you can. Toss in the lime shell, then add gin. Top off glass with club soda. The rickey doesn't need it, but if you like a sweeter drink, add a splash of simple syrup.  


AND one more non-alcoholic choice…





1 oz lime juice

1 oz simple syrup

1/tsp grated ginger 

club soda



Combine first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously. Strain into small cup, top with club soda. Serve with bendy straw and lime wedge.

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