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Short Story Signature Cocktail


Frostbite: An Ivy Granger Psychic Detective Prequel Short Story

By E.J. Stevens
Narrated by Melanie A. Mason

1 ounce vodka
½ tbsp fresh lime juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
2 ounces tonic water
½ cup ice, crushed
¼ ounce blue curaçao
½ ounce homemade grenadine (or pomegranate syrup)
garnish: coarse sugar, restaurant-style crushed ice (optional)

1. Add the vodka, lime, and simple syrup to a shaker. Dry shake ingredients briefly to combine, then add tonic water and stir gently.

2. Coat the rim of a chilled glass with lime juice and coarse sugar, and add the grenadine to the bottom. Carefully add the crushed ice on top of the grenadine.

3. Pour the vodka and tonic mixture on top of the ice, then float the blue curaçao atop -- allowing it to incorporate into the drink naturally. For an optional clean finish, top with fresh restaurant-style crushed ice.


Short Story Signature Cocktail


Damnation: Quincy Harker Year Three

By John G. Hartness
Narrated by James Anderson Foster

2 ounces bourbon whiskey
½ ounce fresh lime juice
5–6 mint leaves, torn
2–3 large (or 5-6 small) blackberries
¾ ounce simple syrup
¼ ounce homemade grenadine (or ½ ounce pomegranate juice)
1 ounce club soda
garnish: black feather, mint, and blackberry

1. In a shaker, combine lime juice, mint leaves, and blackberries, and muddle until lightly crushed. Add bourbon, simple syrup, homemade grenadine (or pomegranate juice), and ice, then shake for 8-10 seconds.

2. Open pour full contents into a glass and top with club soda. Stir briefly, and garnish with mint leaves, blackberry, and a (clean) black feather.

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Short Story Signature Cocktail


Hollow Fissure

By Max E. Stone
Narrated by Noah Michael Levine &

Erin deWard

1 ounce brandy
½ ounce benedictine
½ ounce amaretto
1-2 barspoons hot pepper syrup (to taste)

hot pepper syrup:
½ cup turbinado sugar
½ cup water
1 jalapeño pepper
1 serrano pepper

1. To make the syrup, remove the seeds and ribs from the peppers (discarding the flesh). Add sugar and water to a saucepan over medium-high heat, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add seeds/ribs, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes, then strain and refrigerate.

2. Pour the drink ingredients into a glass and stir well. Serve at room temperature.

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Short Story Signature Cocktail


Waiting Game; Another John Pickett Novella

By Sheri Cobb South
Narrated by Joel Froomkin

2 ounces cognac
1 ounce gran marnier (or orange liqueur)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce allspice simple syrup
6-9 drops angostura bitters (optional)
garnish: freshly ground nutmeg

1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly.

2. Strain into an empty glass. Garnish with freshly ground nutmeg.


Short Story Signature Cocktail


C*cky Author

By Fettucine Holliday
Narrated by Meghan Kelly

1½ ounces white chocolate irish cream liqueur
1 ounce coconut rum
1 medium ripe banana
2½ ounces piña colada mix
1 cup ice
garnish: whipped cream and banana

1. Add all ingredients (except ice) to a blender and blend thoroughly. Then add ice and blend until smooth.

2. Garnish with suggestively-placed whipped cream and banana.

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