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March 28, 2014

Hurricane Crimes Cocktail

IMPORTANT: First, I want to say I am not a bartender but I did do a lot of research to find out how to make cocktails and studied many recipes. There is 2.5 ounces of alcohol in this drink. (Many mixed drinks have more.) Second, I want to add for everyone to please drink responsibly!

I decided to make this cocktail for the blog “Cocktails and Books”. I thought it would be fun to include it with my guest post, but I never heard back from them so their loss turned into my blog gain.

I thought long and hard about what ingredients I wanted to include in this cocktail, and for someone who doesn’t drink alcohol it wasn’t easy. I went with a strong cocktail to match the intensity of Hurricane Crimes with the severe weather. Then I came up with the idea for the mashed blackberries for a “scary” look to illustrate the murder and crimes aspect of my story. Finally, sugar because of the romance.

Hurricane Crimes Cocktail

Image by Chrys Fey.


*2 oz Whiskey
*.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
*2 oz of Cranberry Raspberry Juice
*1/3 cup of fresh or frozen blackberries
Tip #1: One ounce equals two tablespoons.

Image by Chrys Fey.


*If you're using frozen blackberries, thaw them out. 
*Mash the berries gently with a wooden spoon inside the glass. 
* Sprinkle a bit of sugar over the berries.
* Add whiskey, fill with ice, then add sweet vermouth and juice. Stir.
* Sprinkle more sugar on the top. Don’t stir.
* Enjoy! But don’t drink and drive!

Hurricane Crimes Cocktail
I'm sorry my picture is not very elegant.

Tip #2: If you don’t like Cranberry Raspberry juice, you can swap it out for whatever cranberry or juice flavor you enjoy most. 
Tip #3: If you want a drink that’s not so strong, you can forgo the sweet vermouth and add more juice.
Tip #4: For a non-alcoholic version, replace the whiskey with sparkling water or Sprite. :)

Close up of the berries. Creepy, right? 
That's why it symbolizes murder.

And since I made this drink for my story, here it is:

Now I want to say again to PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

Thank you!


Unknown said...

HA! love the pictures that go along with the drink.
Can you drink and write?

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks. I don't drink alcohol, actually, but drinking water (coffee, tea, etc.) and writing is pretty safe. :P Of course I have to stop typing or put down my pen. haha

Suzanne Furness said...

Sounds interesting, great idea to use the blackberries.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Suzanne! I thought the blackberries would be a nice little treat when you get to the bottom. ;)

Unknown said...

I don't drink alcohol either but if I did, this would be a tasty treat. It sounds mysteriously delicious... just like Hurricane Crimes=)

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, I had others taste test it while I was figuring out the ingredients and measurements. We could always make a non-alcoholic drink of this with sparkling water in place of the alcohol. :)

Michelle Wallace said...

Hi Chris.
This is just a pre-AtoZ Challenge visit as one of the assistants representing Alex’s Team Ninja Minions.
Drink responsibly - great message!
Good luck with the challenge!
Writer In Transit

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for visiting, Michelle! I am super excited to start the challenge tomorrow. :D

Kelly Hashway said...

Wow, that does look creepy! Nice!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Kelly! :)

Michael J. said...

Sounds terrific Chrys! I have a question that may seem absurd. How do you get the visual of the cocktail, into the book? Maybe just descriptive writing?

Chrys Fey said...

The cocktail isn't actually in my book, Mike. I just created a cocktail inspired by my book, and to prompt it. But yes, if someone wanted to add a cocktail in their writing, the best thing is to be descriptive. Describe the glass, the crushed berries on the bottom, the red of the drink, and the ice cubes. Then the taste. :)