Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Crash Landing”

What do you do when your hot-air balloon gets shot out of the air by a crazed murderer? 

Brace yourself with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Crash Landing” cocktail, inspired by Sharon Bolton's Dead Woman Walking!

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
In Dead Woman Walking, from master of suspense Sharon Bolton, the sole survivor of a hot-air balloon crash witnesses a murder as the balloon is falling.

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor. She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime. Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all…

Read an excerpt from Dead Woman Walking!


“Crash Landing”


– 2 oz. scotch whiskey (preferably blended, but dealer's choice)
– 3 oz. ginger beer
– 1 oz. lime juice
– 1/2 oz. simple syrup
– 1 or 2 dashes Angostura bitters
– lime wedge (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Add scotch, lime juice, and simple syrup to a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top with ginger beer.
  5. Add 1 or 2 dashes of bitters on top.
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge.

So have a few “Crash Landing” cocktails, and don't forget to order your copy of Sharon Bolton's Dead Woman Walking today!


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Sharon Bolton is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger and Barry Award nominee. Her books included the Lacey Flint novels: Now You See Me, Dead Scared, Lost, and A Dark and Twisted Tide. She lives near London, England.

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