Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Campaign Cocktail”

Running for president is super stressful—but so is trying to prove a secret murder made to look like a suicide!

So take a break from all the politics with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Campaign Cocktail,” inspired by Ellen Crosby's eighth Wine Country Mystery, The Vineyard Victims!

The Vineyard Victims by Ellen Crosby is the eighth book in the Wine Country Mysteries series, where the death of a former presidential candidate in a fiery car crash at her Virginia vineyard has ties to a thirty-year-old murder, as well as to Lucie Montgomery’s own near-fatal accident ten years ago, as she searches for a killer who now may be stalking her (available November 7, 2017).

Take a visual tour through The Vineyard Victims with GIFnotes!

When Jamison Vaughn―billionaire real estate mogul, Virginia vineyard owner, and unsuccessful U.S. presidential candidate―drives his gold SUV into a stone pillar at the entrance to Montgomery Estate Vineyard, Lucie Montgomery is certain the crash was deliberate. But everyone else in Atoka, Virginia, is equally sure that Jamie must have lost control of his car on a rain-slicked country road. In spite of being saddled with massive campaign debts from the recent election, Jamie is seemingly the man with the perfect life. What possible reason could he have for committing suicide … or was it murder?

Before long Lucie uncovers a connection between Jamie and some of his old friends―an elite group of academics―and the brutal murder thirty years ago of a brilliant Ph.D. student. Although a handyman is on death row for the crime, Lucie soon suspects someone else is guilty. But the investigation into the two deaths throws Lucie a curve ball when someone from her own past becomes involved, forcing her to confront old demons. Now the race to solve the mystery behind the two deaths becomes intensely personal as Lucie realizes someone wants her silenced … for good.

Read an excerpt from The Vineyard Victims!


“Campaign Cocktail”


– 1 sugar cube
– 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
– 3 oz. Champagne
– lemon twist (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Drop the sugar cube into a Champagne flute.
  2. Add 2-3 dashes of bitters to the glass to soak the sugar cube.
  3. Top with Champagne.
  4. Rub the lemon twist across the rim and drop in the drink.

So have a few “Campaign Cocktails” and don't forget to order your copy of Ellen Crosby's The Vineyard Victims today!

Take a visual tour through The Vineyard Victims with GIFnotes!


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Ellen Crosby is the author of the Virginia wine country mystery series, which began with The Merlot Murders. She has also written a mystery series featuring international photojournalist Sophie Medina, and Moscow Nights, a standalone. Previously she was a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, Moscow correspondent for ABC News Radio, and an economist at the U.S. Senate.


  1. Jackie

    might be good to read

  2. Jackie

    might be good to read

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