Amy Korman is our guest this Friday on Drinks with Reads helping us learn how to make Killer Punch to match her book by the same name. Amy is a former senior editor and staff writer for Philadelphia Magazine, and author of Frommer's Philadelphia and the Amish Country. She has written for Town & Country, House Beautiful,Men's Health and Cosmopolitan.
In Killer Punch, antiques dealer/sleuth Kristin Clark is—as usual—hoping to bring more customers through the door of her small-town shop, The Striped Awning. After all, she’s got her basset hound Waffles to feed, plus the pack of mutts for which she’s currently dog-sitting.
The answer? A potent cocktail, of course, according to her nosy best friend Bootsie, who shows up with ice, punch bowl, and lots of Paul Masson Peach Brandy to create... Killer Punch, the eponymous cocktail in the third book in the Killer Wasps series from Witness Impulse/HarperCollins.
Of course, alcohol's always a viable solution in the fictionalized village of leafy Bryn Mawr, PA!
This version of Killer Punch is loosely based on a classic Philadelphia libation known as Fish House Punch. Serves 2.
2 ounce peach brandy
2 ounces dark rum
4 ounces simple syrup
Juice of half a lemon, plus lemon slices
Splash of orange juice
Stir or shake, and serve over ice (best enjoyed in antique stemware or a highball glass inherited from a favorite aunt)
About the Book:
In Killer Punch, Kristin's friends-Holly, Sophie, and Bootsie-have been busy party-planning for the annual Tomato Show at the country club, and plotting to beat long-time nemesis, Eula, in the tennis tournament.
But when a prominent pastoral painting, a key piece of décor for the big event, disappears from the Club, everyone's a suspect, and Kristin and her friends start sleuthing. Could the annoying Eula have stolen the pricey painting? And, is Eula violating Tomato Show rules by growing her Early Girls in the unbeatable New Jersey soil?
Meanwhile, their village is an uproar about an unsightly new Mega Wine Mart slotted to go up in a local forest (though everyone's excited about the cheap booze). And will July be the month their decorator buddy Joe finally proposes to Sophie--if she can get her Guccis back from her shoe-stealing ex, and finish her divorce? The Killer Wasps are on the case!