Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Bellini, Book, and Scandal”

What do you do when your best friend—who you thought disappeared—suddenly shows up in a picture in the newspaper? 

Investigate, of course. But not before having 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 “Bellini, Book, and Scandal” cocktail, inspired by Maggie McConnon's third Bel McGrath Mystery, Bel, Book, and Scandal!

Maggie McConnon rings in Christmas in Bel, Book, and Scandal—the third adventure for everybody’s favorite Irish-American culinary artist turned amateur sleuth, Bel McGrath (available December 5, 2017).

Bel McGrath tries her best to keep herself on the straight and narrow, but she just has a taste for trouble. This time danger arrives in the form of a newspaper left behind by visitors to Shamrock Manor―and a photograph that jolts Bel out of the present and back into a dark chapter from her past.

The person in the photo is Bel’s best friend, Amy Mitchell, long gone from Foster’s Landing, at a commune in upstate New York shortly after her disappearance. The picture, and Bel’s burning desire to find out what happened to Amy―and whether she may still be alive―is the catalyst for a story in which old secrets are revealed, little by little … and certain characters are shown to not be as genuine as Bel once thought.

Read an excerpt from Bel, Book, and Scandal!


“Bellini, Book, and Scandal”


– 4 oz. Prosecco
– 1 oz. peach schnapps
– 1 bar spoon of lemon juice
– 1 slice of peach (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour peach schnapps and lemon juice into the bottom of a Champagne flute.
  2. Top with Prosecco (leave room for the slice of peach if you plan on adding the garnish).
  3. Drop in a slice of peach.
  4. Garnish with lemon and mint sprig (optional)

So have a few “Bellini, Book, and Scandal” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Maggie McConnon's Bel, Book, and Scandal today!

Take a visual tour through Bel, Book, and Scandal with GIFnotes!


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Maggie McConnon grew up in New York immersed in Irish culture and tradition. A former Irish stepdancer, she was surrounded by a family of Irish musicians who still play at family gatherings. She credits her Irish grandparents with providing the stories of their homeland and their extended families as the basis for the stories she tells in her Belfast McGrath novels, beginning with Wedding Bel Blues.

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