Friday, June 28, 2019

Strangled Eggs and Ham and A Bourbon Lemonade

Our guest today on Drinks with Reads is Maddie Day and if you comment on your favorite drink in sweltering weather below you can be entered to win a copy of Maddie's new book (US Resident only). 

Maddie Day writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. With seventeen novels in print and five more in production, Maxwell has been nominated for an Agatha Award six times. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two elderly cats, and gardens and cooks when she isn’t killing people on the page or wasting time on Facebook.

In my Country Store Mysteries, proprietor Robbie Jordan and her seventy-something Aunt Adele are both fond of a taste of Four Roses bourbon. Strangled Eggs and Ham takes place during a steamy southern Indiana August, and Robbie can’t always take time for a dip in Lake Lemon to cool off.

Here’s what the story is about: While Robbie scrambles through breakfast orders in South Lick, tempers run as high as the sticky August heat. A developer’s plans to build a luxury resort atop one of the most scenic hills in Brown County infuriates opponents, who concoct protests and road blockades. When tensions boil over and a vocal protester is silenced forever at the resort site, Robbie ditches the griddle to catch the killer. But if slashed tires are any indication, she’ll need to crack this case before her own aunt gets served something deadly next.  

While Robbie usually takes her whiskey neat, over ice, or in hot tea, she might well enjoy this refreshing summer concoction. 

Bourbon Lemonade

Note: You can make this simply by combining lemonade and bourbon, but I felt it needed a punch-up.

Strip six or eight mint leaves off their stem into a flat bottomed glass. Crush with a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and a tablespoon of sugar. Add three ounces pink lemonade and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Strain into another glass filled with ice, add two ounces bourbon (Four Roses or your favorite), and stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon and enjoy a great mystery.

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Readers: What’s your favorite refreshing drink in sweltering weather?


  1. On a sweltering day which we experience daily now I enjoy a sparkling lemon lime drink. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Very Cold (but no ice) Mt Dew
    Thanks for sharing this book with us it sounds Great

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  3. Taylor R. WilliamsJune 28, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Mojito is my favorite drink - can't wait to read this series, loved your other books - thanks for the chance to win - trwilliams 69 (at) msn (dot) com

  4. Enjoyable post and captivating book. Cranberry juice with a splash of seltzer water.

  5. I love frozen strawberry lemonade in the summer. turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  6. I like iced water..or iced sweet tea!!! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. My favorite drink is iced tea with lots of lemon.

  8. Lemonade. Maybe with a little gin in it...

  9. Your bourbon lemonade sounds good! I drink a lot of ice water, lemonade and iced coffee. Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

  10. Ice mocha latte thank you for the chance

  11. Thank you for a great post Edith!