Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Seasons Greetings from Sleepy Hollow

The heroes and heroines of Sleepy Hollow would like to wish you and yours a sparkly and glowing holiday season.  Here’s to you, readers, authors, editors, artists and creatures that go bump in the night. May the flower of love never by nipped by the frost of disappointment, and may peace, love and prosperity lift the latch on your door, guided by the star of Christmas and the candles of Hanukkah.  Bottoms up!

Lily: Sex on the Beach. (The drink she sips at the Hudson Castillo Hotel bar in LIGHTNING, while waiting for her 1Night Stand date to arrive).

Ingredients:1/2 oz. vodka1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps1/2 oz. raspberry liqueur1/2 oz. melon liqueurorange Juice (optional)pineapple Juicecranberry Juice

Garnish: Pineapple Slice

Pour vodka, peach schnapps, raspberry liqueur, and melon liqueur into a glass with ice. Fill it with equal parts of pineapple juice and cranberry juice. 

Campbell: Johnny Walker Blue (The sexy architect’s liquid courage when he walks into the Hudson Castillo bar and realizes Madame Eve has fixed him up with chosen hhis long lost love as his 1Night Stand date).

Read their story in LIGHTNING.

Sean: Boilermaker (Campbell’s brother and partner in By Jones, a premier real estate development company is the contractor/construction half of the enterprise. When he’s not out with the model of the week, or leaping to do Victoria’s bidding, he hangs with his crews.  A shot of whisky chased by a mug of beer.
Victoria: Witches’ Brew (The beautiful witch drives Sean completely batty. But she’ll save her  special recipe for Batty Jager Jello Shots for a more Halloweenie time. Or, you can find the recipe and pictures on my Pinterest page, “Drink Up, Me Hearties.”)
Bacardi Dragon berry rum, Blue Curacao, Creme de banana, fresh squeezed lime juice, served up in a martini glass rimmed with black sugar.

Read their story in THUNDER.

Dagney:  (Dag loves a really good ice wine, as Max finds out when he needs to cool things down between them or risk singeing his Valentine. But she thought you might get a kick out of her recipe for a Frost Martini.)

1 cup pineapple juice
½ cup (4 ounces) light rum or vodka, if desired
½ cup (4 ounces) blue curacao
½ cup (4 ounces) cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
10-12 ice cubes

Directions: Pre-chill a martini glass by placing in the freezer. Mix ingredients together and strain into glass. Rim glass with shredded coconut.

Max: (Max has learned to really, really enjoy ice wine. When it’s lickable. But for drinking, he’s got a bar completely stocked with everything from “heinous” peach Schnappes to Lagavulin. As Bhyrne finds out when he and Zena pay Max and Dag a visit.  Primarily, Max is a single malt man, er, demon.

Read their story in FROST.

Bhyrne: Macallan 25 single malt scotch (courtesy of cousin Max)
Zena: Dark and Stormy (Bhyrne  mixes her up one of these from Max’s well-stocked bar, when they pay a visit to Dagney and Max on their way to Demon Central).

2 ounces black or dark rum
6 ounces ginger beer
1 lime wedge
Read their story in HEAT WAVE.

HEAT WAVE Cocktail
1 oz. coconut rum or dark rum
1 oz. peach schnapps
Pineapple juice
Splash of Grenadine.
Pour rum and schnapps into glass with ice. Fill with pineapple juice and grenadine. Garnish with pineapple slice and cherries.

Spook: Black Devil Martini, shaken not stirred
Chill martini glass, run with black sugar. In cocktail shaker with crushed ice, mix 2 oz. dark rum, ½ oz. dry vermouth. Strain into glass and garnish with black olive
Genny: Santa’s Little Helper
Soak two cinnamon sticks, some whole cloves, and a handful of whole cranberries in bourbon overnight. Mix 3 parts infused bourbon and 1 part triple sec and pour into cocktail glass with ice. Fill the glass with Sprite (you can  use 7-Up or any lemon-lime soda). Garnish with drunk cranberries.
Read their story in IN FROM THE COLD.

Madame Eve:  French Champagne Martini
1 shot Chambord
1 shot pineapple juice
1 shot vodka

Combine in champagne glass

French Kiss

And for the Morning After after those Sizzling Steamy 1Night Stands:

Sparkling Holiday Mimosa:
¼ cup orange juice
1 oz amaretto
1 ½ oz. vanilla-flavored vodka
Cranberry Simple Syrup (1 12 oz. bag frozen cranberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water. Combine in medium sauce pan until mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain and discard solids.)
Ice cubes
¼ cup frozen cranberries
¼ champagne or sparkling wine
Orange zest twist

Combine orange juice, amaretto and vodka in cocktail shaker. Stir. Pour 1 ½ Cranberry Simple Syrup into a chilled glass filled with ice and add orange juice mixture. Add frozen cranberries. Add sparkling wine. Garnish with twist. 


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