Today on Drinks with Reads we have a holiday treat from Mystery Weekly Magazine. A Christmas Miracle, a short story by Deborah Lacy (hey, that's me), is matched with a Pop Rock Peppermint Cocoa.
In my story, A Christmas Miracle, Nick has fallen on hard times. His job has been outsourced to India and his little boy is sick. Needing to take care of his family, Nick decides to become a burglar. An engineer by trade, he sets strict rules for himself about who he steals from, what he steals and why so he can get what he needs and get out safely. But all of that is put in jeopardy when he decides to hit a house at Christmastime in Gilroy, CA.
You can read a sample of the story on the Mystery Weekly website and while you're there sign up for their weekly e-mails of free mystery short stories.
Our matching drink is the peppermint cocoa that Nick has made his son every year for Christmas. It's easy to make and really tasty.
Here's what you need:
- A festive holiday mug
- Milk (or dairy substitute)
- Torani Syrup, Peppermint flavor
- A Candy Cane
- Candy Can Pop Rocks (the secret ingredient)
- A copy of the July Issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine (Yes, July, it was for Christmas in July and you know how much we love that around here.)
- Fill your mug with milk and put it in the microwave to heat it up. Don't put the chocolate in yet. (You can also do this in a pan.)
- Add 2 Tablespoons of powered cocoa into the milk and stir until mixed.
- Add 1 teaspoon of Peppermint Torani, stir until mixed.
- Right before serving add the candy cane - it will melt into the cocoa slowly as you drink it.
- The last step is the most fun. Set the cocoa down on the table and then spoon in a 1/2 teaspoon of Candy Cane Pop Rocks and listen to them pop and crack.