Friday, September 12, 2014

Down on the Farm with Rummy Cider and Murder

Today on Drinks with Reads, Edith Maxwell joins us for a fabulous fall drink to go with her book, 'Til Dirt Do Us Part...

In ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part, autumn has descended on Westbury, Massachusetts, but the mood at the Farm-to-Table Dinner in Cam Flaherty's newly built barn is unseasonably chilly. The produce is local--and so is the crime--when long-simmering tensions lead to murder following the festive dinner on Cam’s organic farm. It'll take a sleuth who knows the lay of the land to catch this killer. But no one ever said Cam wasn't willing to get her hands dirty.

And what would be better to soothe her spirits after a long day of chopping down Brussels sprouts and hunting down a murderer than a fresh apple cider cocktail? Cam has no qualms about enjoying an adult beverage as long as it’s made with mostly local ingredients. 

Rummy Cider

1 half gallon local apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
Locally distilled spiced rum

  1. 1. Simmer the cider with the spices for an hour on low, then remove from the heat and let cool.
  2. 2. Combine four ounces spiced cider, two ounces rum, and one ounce Cointreau, and serve in a pretty glass. For a hot drink, pour the warm cider into a mug and add the alcohol.
Amesbury resident Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mystery series (Kensington Publishing), the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day, also from Kensington), the Lauren Rousseau mysteries as Tace Baker (Barking Rain Press), and the historical Carriagetown Mysteries, as well as award-winning short crime fiction.

A native Californian, mother, world traveler, and former technical writer, Edith lives in an antique house north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs every weekday with the Wicked Cozy Authors, five other New England cozy mystery writers. You can find her here: 


  1. This is perfect timing. I am so looking forward to the fall and it's 36 degrees in Denver. The book sounds great and I love the cider recipe.

  2. Thank you for a great post Edith. Looking forward to both the cider and the book!

    1. And thanks so much for having me, Deborah! What a fun feature.

  3. Cider w/ alcohol? I'm in, oh, and the book sounds adorable.