This is the second part of our two-part series matching Halloween crime fiction with drinks. You can see part one here.
• Juliet Blackwell’s The Witchcraft Mysteries from Secondhand Spirits to In a Witch’s Wardrobe.
The Books: Lily Ivory run her vintage clothing shop in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood while practicing a little magic on the side. Lily solves murders, casts spells, and vanquishes a demon or two all with the help of her familiar, Oscar, who takes the form of a pig.The Drinks: “Lily & Oscar’s Hex Stopping Potion” – Three parts cranberry juice, a shot of vodka, and a splash of blood orange liqueur. Stir three times and drop in a generous teaspoon of cherry Pop Rocks right before serving for that extra magic. For those who prefer beer, there’s always Wychcraft from Wychwood Brewery.
The Book: A thirteen-year-old girl announces at a Halloween party that she witnessed a murder. Then she herself is found dead. Hercule Poirot is on the scene to discover if there has been one murder or two. This story was also immortalized in aMystery! episode staring David Suchet.The Drink: “Poirot Pumpkin Coffee” – Make your favorite coffee. Pour over ice wait until cool. Add a shot of Pumpkin Pie Cream liqueur. We melted white chocolate, poured it onto wax paper, and let it harden to create the ghosts you see in the photo.
• Sybelle and the Seven Ravens: A Sweet Zombie Fairy Tale by Clare Curtis
The Book: A reimagining of the Grimm fairy tale, The Seven Ravens, with a zombie twist for children and adults alike. Sybelle must save her brothers from her own mistake by becoming a zombie, endangering her own future with her one true love.The Drink: “The Corpse Reviver #2” – No, we didn’t make this one up because it is just perfect the way it is. You can find the recipe here. Other zombie options include: Zombie Zin from the Chateau Diana Winery for the adults, or blood orange soda for the little brain eaters (both available at World Market).
The Book: The classic differs widely from the endless Frankenstein derivative movies, cartoons and stories. If you haven’t read this book, you don’t really know Frankenstein.The Drink: “The Bubbling Cocktail” – A mixture of blended kiwi, mint, and sugar, this drink looks like the perfect science experiment. Martha Stewart has exact details on how to make this drink in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions here. This drink was so perfect, we kept it exactly as we found it.