Friday, August 12, 2016

There's a Whisper in the Mist

Lisa Alber is back with us again, matching her new book, Whispers in the Mist with a custom beverage in this week's edition of Drinks with Reads. She takes us all the way to Lisfenora, Ireland for her novel, but if you're in Portland, OR tonight, you can get this signature cocktail at her book launch at O'Connors Vault, 7850 Capital Highway. Further details can be found on Lisa's website. If you go, have one for me. 

My debut novel, Kilmoon, set in Ireland, came out a few years back, and Deborah was kind enough to ask me to guest post about the signature cocktail inspired by the book. Its main ingredient was Irish whiskey, of course, and I called it the Kilmoon Sour. (You can read that post here.) At mystery conferences, I found myself enabling everyone I could persuade to consume it with me.

Fast forward to this past spring … My second novel in the series, WHISPERS IN THE MIST, is due out—now! happy book launch to me!—and it occurred to me that I might be crazy, or simply an aspiring lush, but I wanted a new signature cocktail. Just cuz it’s fun and makes book launch parties a more fun too. (Yes, I’m a nervous party giver—always have been.)

I invited my friend Jim, a cocktail mixologist extraordinaire, to my house to engage in cocktail mixing. Irish whiskey would be the base again, plus in honor of the title “Whispers in the Mist,” the drink had to include—voilà!—Irish Mist (how perfect is that?), a honey liquor that seems to be making a comeback according to the leathery-skinned lady at the state-run liquor store near my house. 

… And with the mists comes murder.

In Whispers in the Mist, an unknown suspect that locals call “Grey Man” kills a teenage boy. This boy dies in Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern’s arms, and guilt that he couldn’t save the boy propels Danny into an investigation that ends up twisting around itself in ways he could not have predicted. Poor Danny—he’s not in for a good time. In the midst of all this sits a pub called the Plough and Trough, where a crew of locals who call themselves the “crows” gathers every day. It could be that one of the regulars is also in for a bad end …  
All of this is to say that I feature a pub in many scenes, which is my way of circling the plot of my book back around to alcohol, the consumption of alcohol, drinking, and signature cocktails! Not that the crows would be caught dead drinking one of my cocktails, but, hey, I can still call my pub research forays during my Ireland trips inspiration, right?

So, I give you the Misty Whisper. This drink slides down a little too easy, so if you can’t say “Misty Whisper” three times fast, you know you’ve had too many. (I can barely say it three times fast anyhow!)


That's Fawn supervising drink production

The Misty Whisper
1 oz. Irish whiskey
½ oz. Irish Mist
¼ oz. Crème de Cassis
¼ or 1/8 oz. Chambord (to taste)
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 dashes bitters (we used Peychaud’s)
Garnish: lemon twist
Put all the ingredients except the garnish in a cocktail shaker, over ice, and shake vigorously for at least a minute. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Lisa Alber writes the County Clare mysteries series, which has been described as “atmospheric—brooding, complex, and featuring enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.” The debut KILMOON was nominated for Rosebud Award for best first novel. Visit Lisa at She blogs at Lisa Alber’s Words at Play. Also, visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

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