Friday, March 9, 2018

The Innocents and the Dirty Shirley Temple

David and Mary Putnam join us on Drinks with Reads today to talk about David's latest novel, The Innocents. The book is getting great reviews -- "Reminiscent of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch" and also compared to "...the best of Joseph Wambaugh" by New York Times best-selling author Robert Dugoni, who also writes, "David Putnam provides an insider's knowledge of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. His characters and settings are rich and authentic, and his dialogue is spot on accurate. A great novel for lovers of the mystery genre that blurs the line between good and evil and will keep you guessing until the final pages."

This first of several "The Early Years" prequels (to his Bruno Johnson thrillers: The Disposables, The Replacements, The Squandered, and The Vanquished) is chronologically the earliest in Bruno's life so a great place to jump in if you're new to the series.

In the first chapter, Bruno meets the baby girl he didn't know he had. So for this drink pairing, a "Shirley Temple" (alcohol optional) seemed like a logical fit.

Ginger ale 
Splash of grenadine
Maraschino cherries
Optional: (to make it a "Dirty Shirley") Vodka
NOT optional (half the fun, in Mary's option): Lots of parasols and perhaps pinwheels!!

Add ice to your favorite glass, perhaps a "shot" mug, directions to make your own, here:

Add ginger ale and splash of grenadine (I'd forgotten how super-sweet this stuff is! A tiny bit for color is plenty)

Of course, if you're making these drinks NOT for The Innocents, you can add some vodka to make what some call a "Dirty Shirley."

When adding all your parasols and pinwheels, you can skewer your cherries so they don't sink to the bottom, for easier snacking.

Bottoms up!

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