Friday, October 14, 2016

Bourbon, RC Cola & Poisonfeather

Matthew FitzSimmons joins us on Drinks with Reads for the first time to match his novel, Poisonfeather, with the perfect drink. Poisonfeather is the follow on to FitzSimmons first book, The Short Drop. Both books feature Gibson Vaughn, a legendary computer hacker and former marine. 

The Book

Poisonfeather picks up six months after the conclusion of The Short Drop. Gibson is walking the straight and narrow, and things are looking up for him. It doesn’t last…
When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison. Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn’s life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick’s victims’ money.

But Gibson isn’t the only one on the trail of the hidden fortune.

The promise of billions has drawn a horde of ruthless treasure hunters, including an edgy ex-con, a female bartender with a mysterious history, a Chinese spy with a passion for fly-fishing, and a veritable army of hardened mercenaries. To stay ahead of the sharks and win justice for his mentor, Gibson will need all his formidable skills. But at the end of the road, he’ll still have to face “Poisonfeather”—a geopolitical secret that just might get Gibson killed…or worse.

The Drink

Duke’s Bourbon and RC Cola Float

Gibson Vaughn’s dearly departed father, Duke, had a special place in his heart for RC Cola and the great American diner. I thought this recipe brought both those flavors together in one irresistible combination. And given that it’s been oppressively hot in the DC area this August and September, I leapt at the excuse to experiment with ice cream and bourbon. Enjoy!

  • 1 ½ scoops vanilla ice cream (if you’re in Richmond, Duke recommends Bev’s Homemade.)
  • 3oz bourbon (Duke suggests Blanton’s for its notes of vanilla and caramel, however I discovered that there’s currently a dire shortage of Blanton’s so I’ve audibled to Woodford Reserve.)
  • 10oz RC Cola (Non-negotiable!)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glass Type: Think tall – a mason jar works wonders.

Start with the vanilla ice cream as your base. Add the Blanton’s and finish with the RC Cola (poured slowly or you will wind up with all foam). Sprinkle with cinnamon. Adjourn to the porch. Tell tall tales.

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Matthew FtizSimmons - Photo credit: Serena Kafayeh

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