Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Blood & Sand with Bronte”

What goes great with classic literature? Crime, clearly. But what goes well with both? A classic cocktail!

So get back to the classics with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Blood & Sand with Bronte” cocktail, inspired by Katherine Bolger Hyde's second Crime with the Classics Mystery, Bloodstains with Bronte!

Classic novels and crime solving intertwine in Bloodstains with Bronte by Katherine Bolger Hyde—the second book in the charming Crime with the Classics series.

Windy Corner is being remodeled into a writers' retreat. Two of the young workers, Jake and Roman, are showing too much of the wrong kind of interest in Katie, Emily's young single-mother housekeeper.

It's a stormy autumn and Emily is reading Wuthering Heights. Roman, a dark and brooding type, reminds her of Heathcliff. At a Halloween murder mystery fundraiser at Windy Corner, someone is found stabbed to death. Windy Corner's very own detective, Luke, is reluctantly forced to investigate Katie.

Luke digs into the background of the contractor, Jeremiah Edwards, and Emily, now reading Jane Eyre, realizes Jeremiah resembles St. John Rivers in his obsessive, tormented piety. Will Luke figure out who the murderer is before Katie ends up in jail or someone else is killed?

Read an excerpt from Bloodstains with Bronte!


“Blood & Sand with Bronte”


– 3/4 oz. Scotch whisky
– 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
– 3/4 oz. Cherry Herring
– 3/4 oz. orange juice
– orange peel (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour ingredients into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass through a conical strainer.
  4. Cut a peel off the orange (be careful to avoid the pith) and squeeze the oils over the drink.
  5. Rub the peel around the edge of the glass and drop into the drink.

So have a few “Blood & Sand with Bronte” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Katherine Bolger Hyde's Bloodstains with Bronte today!


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Katherine Bolger Hyde has been immersed in books her whole life as a reader, writer, and editor. She holds a degree in Russian literature from Reed College and spends a heavenly week each summer on the Oregon coast. Katherine lives in the redwood country of California with her husband, youngest child, and two obstreperous cats. She is also the author of Arsenic with Austen.

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