Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Purrfect Pumpkin Cider”

It's almost Halloween, and even cats get thirsty when they're out solving murders all month!

So knead your favorite pillow (for what seems like hours), stretch out your claws, and lap up this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Purrfect Pumpkin Cider” cocktail, inspired by Mandy Morton's second Hattie Bagshot Mystery, Cat Among the Pumpkins!

Cat Among the Pumpkins by Mandy Morton is the second book in the Hettie Bagshot Mystery series.

Cat lovers, rejoice! The second installment in Mandy Morton's cat-driven series has arrived with Cat Among the Pumpkins, where crime-solving is in the capable paws of felines. And these cats haven't been declawed.

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, Hettie Bagshot of The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency has more than just a ghost and warlock tart on her plate. Along with her faithful sidekick, Tilly, the tabby duo set out to investigate an old crime and a spate of new murders.

Why is Mavis Spitforce dressed as a pumpkin? Can Irene Peggledrip really talk to cats from the spirit world? Did Milky Myers murder his family on Halloween, longer ago than anyone can remember? All questions the pair must answer before the case can be solved. As the November fog closes in, where will the killer strike next—and will there be enough catnip to go around?

Read an excerpt from Cat Among the Pumpkins!


“Purrfect Pumpkin Cider”


– 2 oz. vanilla vodka
– 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin purée
– 2 oz. apple cider
– 1 1/2 oz. ginger beer

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Add the vodka, pumpkin purée, and apple cider to a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well (15-20 seconds to really incorporate the pumpkin).
  3. Strain into a highball over fresh ice.
  4. Top with ginger beer.

So have a few “Purrfect Pumpkin Cider” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Mandy Morton's Cat Among the Pumpkins today!


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Mandy Morton began her professional life as a musician. More recently, she has worked as a freelance arts journalist for national and local radio. The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency series was inspired by her own cats, Hettie and Tilly.


  1. Teddy P

    My girlfriend would like this drink.

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