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While prohibition-era speakeasies and classic cocktails are all the rage, I'd prefer to do my drinking legally and in the open comfort of friends and friendly strangers.
So speak easy and drink fizzy with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Champagne Conspir-Fizzy” cocktail, inspired by Ellen Crosby's upcoming Wine Country Mystery, The Champagne Conspiracy!
The Champagne Conspiracy by Ellen Crosby is the 7th Wine Country Mystery, featuring a nearly century-old mysterious death and an explosive family secret (Available November 1, 2016).
Winter has come to the Montgomery Estate Vineyard in Atoka, Virginia. Lucie Montgomery and winemaker Quinn Santori have decided to make champagne, a first for the vineyard.
But then Gino Tomassi, Quinn’s uncle, turns up on their doorstep one afternoon, demanding help in solving the mystery of what happened to Zara Tomassi, the first wife of his grandfather, who died in a San Francisco hotel in 1923 under suspicious circumstances. And it seems there’s no coincidence that her death came the day after President Warren Harding passed away in that same hotel. Gino needs answers before his blackmailer takes him for all he’s worth―or exposes an explosive family secret.
Lucie searches for what happened almost a hundred years ago as she delves into Prohibition-era Washington, D.C.―a town of bootlegging and duplicity, jazz clubs and speakeasies. But then the investigation turns deadly, threatening Lucie, her relationship with Quinn, and the vineyard, as they realize someone is still out there nearly a century later who will go to any lengths to keep the truth about Zara’s death a buried secret.
PICK YOUR POISON
“The Champagne Conspir-Fizzy”
– 5 oz. champagne
– 1 sugar cube
– Angostura bitters
– 1 lemon (garnish)
How to make the cocktail:
- Drop a sugar cube into a champagne flute.
- Splash 2-3 dashes of bitters onto the sugar cube to soak it.
- Slowly pour champagne into flute.
- Cut a slice of lemon peel and squeeze the oils on top of the drink.
- Rub the rim of the glass with the peel and drop into the drink.
- Watch the bubbles subside and enjoy!
Let the bubbles go straight to your head with “The Champagne Conspir-Fizzy” cocktail, and don't forget to pick up your copy of The Champagne Conspiracy by Ellen Crosby!
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Ellen Crosby is the author six books in the Virginia wine country mystery series, which began with The Merlot Murders. She has also written a mystery series featuring international photojournalist Sophie Medina (Multiple Exposure and Ghost Image). Previously, she worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC News Radio, and as an economist at the U.S. Senate.