Sunday, April 2, 2017

Speaking of Cocktails: The Babs Bellini

Marla Cooper is here to celebrate the release of her new book, Dying on the Vine, and she has an extra special drink recipe for us...

I think my second book has a drinking problem. Well, okay, it’s not time for an intervention or anything, but since it’s set in the California wine country, there’s a lot of wine in it. You might want to go ahead and pour yourself a spicy zin or a crisp sauvignon blanc before you get started, because you’re going to want one when you start reading the wine tasting scenes.
There are also two different signature cocktails mentioned in the book. And since this is clearly a blog that can appreciate a good cocktail, I couldn’t resist the temptation to share a recipe for the Babs Bellini.
See, Babs Norton is a rival wedding planner in Dying on the Vine. She’s kind of a diva, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings. And not to spoil it for you, but, well, she ends up kinda dead. 
Of course, Babs was the consummate event planner, and as such, she’d left detailed instructions for her funeral—including a signature drink for the after-funeral reception at her sister Margot’s house. (Margot ends up pretty buzzed herself, and ends up belting out songs and slapping a waiter on the butt. Hey, we all process grief differently.)
Anyway, in honor of Babs Norton, may I present, the Babs Bellini: perfect for Sunday brunches and afternoon funerals. The secret ingredient? A little bit of aperol to keep it from being too sweet. Just like Babs would have wanted.

(5 servings)
  • 1 bottle prosecco or sparkling wine 
  • 1 cup frozen peach slices, thawed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 t sugar
  • 1/2 cup Aperol
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
Blend the peach slices, water, sugar and aperol in a blender. Add 2 tablespoons puree to each glass, then top with the sparkling wine (slowly so it doesn’t fizz up). Garnish with a lemon. Slap a waiter on the butt.

A votre sante—and happy reading!

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Marla is here via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. Here are the rest of the stops:
Tour Participants
March 28 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW
March 28 – Valerie’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
March 29 – Blogger Nicole Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 29 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
March 30 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
March 30 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – SPOTLIGHT
March 31 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
March 31 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
April 1 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
April 1 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST  
April 2 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
April 2 – Mystery Playground – GUEST POST
April 3 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
April 3 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
April 4 – Book Babble – REVIEW
April 4 – T’s Stuff – REVIEW
April 5 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW
April 6 – Varietats – REVIEW
April 6 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
April 7 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW  
April 7 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW
April 8 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW
April 9 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
April 10 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
April 10 – My Journey Back – REVIEW


  1. Another book to add to the TPR pile. Marla and Babs both seem to have a great sense of humor. The bellini sounds terrific, just need to make sure a waiter is handy when I drink it! Love this post.

    1. Thanks, Sharon! Your comment put a big smile on my face!! :-)

  2. Slap a waiter on the butt? Those bellinis sound like they make you pretty frisky!

    1. Hee hee. Depends on how many of them you drink! ;-)

  3. Those bellinis sound wonderful! Love the sound of "Dying On The Vine", looking forward to reading. Really like the wedding planner storyline.

  4. Thanks for having me on the blog today!