Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Warmed Bones”

What do you do when a group of witches comes to town and puts everyone on edge?

Have them whip up some witches’ brew like this week’s Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Warmed Bones” cocktail, inspired by Carolyn Haines’s 18th Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery, Charmed Bones!

Charmed Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 18th book in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series.

Zinnia, Mississippi, is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches―and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school―sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy―a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.

When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth―who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.

When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals … or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.

Read an excerpt from Charmed Bones!


“Warmed Bones”


  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • 1 oz. chile-infused Aperol*
  • 1/8 oz. absinthe
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • orange peel

*To make the chile-infused Aperol, add one dried chile de árbol for every two cups of Aperol in a tightly sealed container and let sit for two days.

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Add mezcal, chile-infused Aperol, and lime juice to a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Pour absinthe into a rocks glass and swirl around to coat, dumping the remaining absinthe.
  4. Strain the contents of the mixing tin into the rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  5. Take a peel from an orange, squeeze the oils over the drink, and rub around the rim.
  6. Warm your bones.

So have a few “Warmed Bones” cocktails and don’t forget to order your copy of Carolyn Haines’s Charmed Bones today!

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