Friday, January 5, 2018

Stone Cold Sober and a Scotch Sour

Rebecca Marks joins us for our first Drinks with Reads for 2018 with Stone Cold sober with a Scotch Sour that can be served with or without alcohol. 

In Stone Cold Sober, Dana Cohen, a forty-three-year-old, hard-drinking NYPD detective, spent twenty-two years on the force before retiring to Long Island. Now Dana’s best friend, Marilyn, is directing a local musical theater production. Dana’s estranged lover, and the father of the child she’s carrying, Alex Frazier, is a dancer in the show, but Dana has no theatrical talent at all. So Marilyn cooks up a way to get the two former lovebirds together, hiring Dana to work security. When Dana discovers a gruesome murder during one of the show’s rehearsals, her “detective gene” kicks in, and she can’t resist the urge to throw herself into the case. But as she investigates, she uncovers some dark secrets and realizes, too late, how far people will go to keep them hidden.

Although Dana’s go-to drink was single-malt Scotch “almost neat” (with one ice cube), now that she is expecting, she is “Stone Cold Sober” due to doctor’s orders. The good news is, a Scotch Sour, which is basically Scotch infused in sweet lemonade with a twist, can be served in its “virgin” form, which is the same drink without the Scotch. In Dana’s next adventure, Old Fashioned with a Twist, Dana can add the Scotch again after she gives birth to her daughter. Here is the recipe for Dana’s Scotch Sour:

2 ounces Scotch whisky (Dana likes single malt)
2 ounces lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white
Maraschino cherries and/or blackberry for garnish
Orange slice or lemon slice for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. To the cocktail shaker add the scotch, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white, if using. Shake for about 30 seconds; pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with cherries and orange.

Until Dana gives birth, she has to leave out the Scotch, which will produce a cool, non-alcoholic lemonade drink. After her baby is born, she can add the Scotch back.


About the Author

Rebecca Marks has been writing, playing music, and singing for as long as she can remember. Her Dana Cohen series includes On the Rocks, Four Shots NeatStone Cold Sober, and Old Fashioned with a Twist (available in early 2018). Marks is also the author of About Time and About Face. Visit her website at You can find her on Twitter: @rmarksauthor and Facebook.

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