Book-Inspired Cocktails: “A Season for Rye”

What do you do when you're investigating a killer in the dead of winter?

Warm up with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “A Season for Rye” cocktail, inspired by Emily Littlejohn's second Detective Gemma Monroe novel, A Season to Lie!

A Season to Lie by Emily Littlejohn is the second Detective Gemma Monroe novel, where a twisted killer stalks his prey in the dead of winter (available November 14, 2017).

On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager.

But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come.

This is only the beginning . . .

Nothing is as it seems in Cedar Valley, and stories, both fact and fiction, ensnare Gemma as her investigation moves from the halls of an elite academy to the forests that surround Cedar Valley.

Against a backdrop of bleak winter weather, stymied by those who would lie to protect what is dearest to them, Gemma hunts a ruthless killer before he strikes again.

Read an excerpt from A Season to Lie!


“A Season for Rye”


– 2 oz. rye whiskey
– 4 oz. apple cider
– 1 oz. Campari
– 1 oz. sweet vermouth
– orange peel (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Heat the apple cider to a simmer in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the whiskey, Campari, and vermouth.
  3. Stir together and serve warm.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel.

So have a few “A Season for Rye” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Emily Littlejohn's A Season to Lie today!


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Emily Littlejohn was born and raised in southern California and now lives in Colorado. If she’s not writing, reading, or working at the local public library, she’s enjoying the mountains with her husband and sweet old dog. She has a deep love of horror stories, butter pecan ice cream, and road trips. A Season to Lie is her second novel, following Inherit the Bones.

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