Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Down a Dark & Stormy Road”

What do you do when a convicted murderer escapes and asks you to help prove his innocence? Do you travel down that dark and stormy road? 

Or do you just pour a few of this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Down a Dark & Stormy Road” cocktail, inspired by Linda Castillo's ninth Kate Burkholder novel, Down a Dark Road!

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo is the ninth Kate Burkholder novel, where a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again (available July 11, 2017).

Two years ago, Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a “fallen” Amish man and a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire, putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. But this is personal for Kate. She grew up with Joseph King. As a thirteen-year-old Amish girl, she’d worshiped the ground he walked on. She could never have imagined the nightmare scenario that becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and takes his five children hostage at their Amish uncle’s farm. Armed and desperate, he has nothing left to lose.

Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate makes contact with King only to find herself trapped with a killer. Or is he? All King asks of her is to help him prove his innocence―and he releases her unharmed. Kate is skeptical, but when the facts and the evidence don’t align, she begins to wonder who she should trust. Spurned by some of her fellow cops, she embarks on her own investigation only to unearth an unspeakable secret―and someone who is willing to commit murder to keep it buried.

Read an excerpt from Down a Dark Road!


“Down a Dark & Stormy Road”


– 2 oz. dark rum
– 1/4 oz. lime juice
– 1/4 oz. simple syrup
– ginger beer
– lime (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour lime juice, simple syrup, and dark rum into a copper mug filled with ice.
  2. Stir lightly.
  3. Top with more ice (as some will melt).
  4. Top with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder novels, including Sworn to Silence which recently was adapted into a Lifetime Original Movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder. Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the RITA. In addition to writing, Castillo’s other passion is horses. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next novel.