Hosting your next book club? Check out these delicious A Feigned Madness themed cocktails! And don’t forget to download the Nellie Bly quiz (at bottom) to stump your fellow book clubbers.

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Spicy Pandemonium Mocktail

Don’t let this non-alcoholic drink fool you. It’s funky, with fresh juice and jalapeno peppers, and packs its own punch!

1/4 cup fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1/4 cup honey simple syrup *

Jalapeno slices (cut out the inside of the pepper and discard the seeds)

Ginger Beer

 

Combine the juices, honey simple syrup and 2 jalapeno slices in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake for 60 seconds (the longer the better, as this releases the jalapeno into the juices). Strain into an ice filled glass.  Top with 1/4 cup ginger beer. Garnish with jalapeno slices. 

 

*Honey Simple Syrup - Combine 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup water in a small pot and heat over the stove. Stir constantly and immediately turn to simmer once the mixture has come to a boil. Add one teaspoon of vanilla and continue to simmer and stir for 1 minute. Let cool. This can be stored in the fridge and microwaved for 30 seconds if the honey has hardened.

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The Pulitzer

This coffee martini is similar to a White Russian, without the cream. It’s bold, powerful, and hardworking—just like the newspaper proprietor who inspired it.

1 ounce Honey Simple Syrup*

1&1/2 ounce Kahlua

1&1/2 ounce Vodka

1 ounce prepared espresso or a bold cold brew coffee

Dab some of the honey simple syrup on the rim of a martini glass and dip the rim in a plate of granulated sugar. Combine the honey simple syrup, Kahlua, vodka and espresso in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake for about 30 seconds.  Strain contents into the martini glass, straight up, no ice and enjoy!

 

*Honey Simple Syrup - Combine 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup water in a small pot and heat over the stove.  Stir constantly and immediately turn to simmer once the mixture has come to a boil. Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract and continue to simmer and stir for 1 minute.  Let cool.  This can be stored in the fridge and microwaved for 30 seconds if the honey has hardened. 

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Muddled Madness

When the world opens back up, try this refreshing punch. Kay says it’s been a huge hit at parties. With the fresh mint, juices, and rum, who’s to say otherwise?

 

1 cup fresh mint

1/2 cup sugar

1&3/4 cups light rum

1&1/4 cups fresh lime juice

3/4 cup frozen cranberry juice thawed (look in the frozen juice section)

20 ounces of chilled sparkling water

 

With a wooden spoon, muddle the mint and sugar in the bottom of a large glass pitcher.  Add the rum and lime juice.  Stir well, so all the sugar is dissolved.  Mix in thawed cranberry juice and sparkling water.  Mix in 3 cups of ice.  

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Whether you’re meeting virtually or in a group, these cocktails are sure to please. There’s a little something here for everyone, whether you prefer a cocktail, a mocktail, coffee, or punch. Special thanks to my wonderful friend Kay Freyberger, mixologist extraordinaire, who created these delicious recipes!

The Nellie Bly

This drink is similar to a Cosmopolitan, taken up a notch. Feminine, but not a pushover, spunky and sweet—just like Nellie!

1 ounce Vodka

1/2 ounce St. Germain (Elderflower liquor)

1/2 ounce Solerno (blood orange liquor - can substitute Cointreau) 

2-3 ounces Ocean Spray Cranberry juice

Fresh lime slices

 

Combine vodka, St. Germain, Solerno and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass, straight up, no ice.  Give the lime slice a gentle squeeze over the drink and wedge the slice to the glass for garnish. 

 

Embrazen's Nellie Bly - Revolutionary Cabernet Sauvignon

According to the wine maker, this bold and vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of ripe fruit with concentrated flavors of blackberry and cherry. The long finish leaves a lasting impression.


Link to wine sellers carrying Embrazen’s Nellie Bly wine:

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