“Black Sun” Cocktail

A brutal murder. A serial killer with no seeming motive. And a symbol that represents the darkness and evil that's to come.   

A perfect formula for a murder mystery, but also a perfect recipe for this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Black Sun” cocktail, inspired by Nicolás Obregón's Blue Light Yokohama!

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón is a compelling, brilliantly moody, and layered novel that's sure to be one of the most talked about debuts in 2017 (available March 7, 2017).

Newly reinstated to the Homicide Division and transferred to a precinct in Tokyo, Inspector Iwata is facing superiors who don’t want him there and is assigned a recalcitrant partner, Noriko Sakai, who’d rather work with anyone else. After the previous detective working the case killed himself, Iwata and Sakai are assigned to investigate the slaughter of an entire family, a brutal murder with no clear motive or killer. At the crime scene, they find puzzling ritualistic details. Black smudges. A strange incense smell. And a symbol—a large black sun. Iwata doesn’t know what the symbol means but he knows what the killer means by it: I am here. I am not finished.

As Iwata investigates, it becomes clear that these murders by the Black Sun Killer are not the first, nor the last attached to that symbol. As he tries to track down the history of black sun symbol, puzzle out the motive for the crime, and connect this to other murders, Iwata finds himself racing another clock—the superiors who are trying to have him removed for good.

Read an excerpt from Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón


“Black Sun”


– 1 1/2 oz. vodka
– 3/4 oz. Kahlua
– 1/4 oz. lemon juice
– lemon (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Build ingredients over ice.
  3. Briefly stir.
  4. Cut a peel of lemon (careful to avoid the white pith), squeeze the oils on top of the cocktail, rub the rim of the glass, and use to garnish the drink.

A cold case and a cold drink make for a perfect combo—don't forget to order your copy of Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón!

Check out Nicolás Obregón's 3-part series, “The Birth of Blue Light Yokohama: The Miyazawa Family Murders!


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Nicolás Obregón is a British-Spanish dual national and grew up between London and Madrid. He has worked as a steward at sports stadiums, an editor in legal publishing and a travel writer, falling in love with Japan while on assignment for a magazine. Blue Light Yokohama is his first novel.


  1. Lori P

    Wouldn’t have thought to have mixed lemon with a Black Russian cocktail. Must try!

  2. Adam Wagner

    @Mountainesque: It’s suprisingly delicious!

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