Jeremy K. Brown, co-author of Ocean of Storms, is making Moonshine Mojitos and talking about journeys to the moon. He has also authored several biographies for young readers, including books on Stevie Wonder and Ursula K. Le Guin. He has also contributed articles to numerous magazines and newspapers, including special issues for TV Guide and the Discovery Channel, and recently edited a collector’s issue on Pink Floyd for Newsweek. Jeremy published his first novel, Calling Off Christmas, in 2011 and is currently at work on another novel.
Ocean of Storms is the story of an unknown signal of incredible strength that sends humanity back to the Moon and on an unprecedented journey of discovery. But it’s also an exciting, pulse-pounding adventure for archaeologist, explorer and Renaissance man Dr. Elias Zell and his headstrong protégé Alan Donovan. Donovan and Zell were our two favorite characters to write for, drawing on our love of Indiana Jones, James Bond, Doc Savage and Buckaroo Banzai to create a pair of swashbucklers-cum-scientists who were as comfortable slogging through the Peruvian mud as they were working on the cold, unwelcoming landscape of the Moon. So, thinking of what kind of a cocktail our heroes might enjoy, a Mojito seemed to fit the bill nicely. It’s a very “Zell” drink, with its history that dates back 500 years and rumored connections to Spanish pirates. Plus the Cuban cocktail had a big fan in Ernest Hemingway, a man whose company we think Zell and Donovan would have enjoyed. But, since much of this book is preoccupied with unusual happenings on Earth’s nearest neighbor, it was important that this drink have a decidedly lunar connection. As such, we present the Moonshine Mojito, designed for sipping either on the beaches of Barbados or the shores of the Ocean of Storms.
2 oz Moonshine
5 mint leaves
2 lime wedges
1 tbsp. Sugar
Muddle mint, sugar and a splash of club soda in a rocks glass. Squeeze in lime wedges. Add Moonshine and stir before pouring over ice into pint glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with mint sprig.
Christopher Mari, Jeremy's co-author for Ocean of Storms, picked his favorite books of 2016 and you can see them all here.