Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Drinks with Reads: The French Nancy Drew

On Fridays Mystery Playground is having fun by matching some of our own and some of our friend's favorite books with drinksToday we have The French Nancy Drew paired with, Alice Et Le Fantome (Alice and the Bell) or as it was called in English, The Mystery of The Tolling Bell, courtesy of Ingrid Willis, the chair of the world's largest mystery convention, Bouchercon 2014. Her copy of Alice Et Le Fantome was published in 1960 by Librairie Hachette. 

Our old friend Nancy is called Alice Roy in France and in fact all of the other characters and even Carolyn Keene have different names including George Fayne who is called Marion Webb and Hannah Gruen who is called Sarah Berny. 

I am sure there are more differences have to admit that I didn't read this book because I can't read french and it's been awhile since I've read The Mystery of The Tolling Bell in English but I can show you another drawing of Alice:

Nancy seems stronger to me and Alice more delicate. What do you think?

I can also tell you that we have a fabulous drink to pair with this book, or just drink anytime, created for Mystery Playground at the Portola Hotel & Spa by bartendress extraordinaire Tuyet Vitacca. Here's the recipe (it contains alcohol and is not for anyone under 21 years of age):

The French Nancy Drew

St. Germain Liqueur                 3/4 ounce
X-Rated Blood Orange Vodka   3/4 ounce
Fresh Lemon, squeezed           1/2 lemon                 
a dash of simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, dissolve sugar in boiling water)

Here's Nancy Drew Lemonade for Kids:

1 glass of lemonade
1 sprig of mint
lots of ice

Nancy Drew fans may want to check yesterday's Mystery Playground post to enter a giveaway for Nancy Drew coasters.

Don't forget to come back next week when the fabulous Catriona McPherson has a special Scottish drink for us. 


  1. What a great book to have in your collection, and published in 1960. Wow! Whenever I am studying a foreign language, I find it helpful to read kids or YA books in that language. It's also extremely entertaining.

    1. Kerry - you have to try this drink too. It's really fabulous.