Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Evan Smoke”

Orphan X. The Nowhere Man. Evan Smoak. Whatever name you know him by, you don't want to be on his bad side.

So get on his good side with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Evan Smoke” cocktail, inspired by Gregg Hurwitz's third Orphan X thriller, Hellbent!

Evan Smoak―government assassin gone rogue―returns in Hellbent, an engrossing, unputdownable thriller from Gregg Hurwitz, the latest in his #1 international bestselling Orphan X series (available January 30, 2018).

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

But this time, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program.

But Evan isn’t the only one after this last Orphan―the new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect.

Read an excerpt from Hellbent!


It was smoking, I swear!
“Evan Smoke”


– 2 oz. smoky Scotch whisky (I prefer Laphroaig 10)
– 1/2 oz. lemon juice
– 1/4 oz. honey syrup
– rosemary sprig (garnish)
– fire

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour Scotch, lemon juice, and honey syrup into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over new ice.
  4. Rub a rosemary sprig around the edge of the glass.
  5. Light the rosemary sprig on fire, blow it out, and place it into the drink (still smoking).

So have a few “Evan Smoke” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Gregg Hurwitz's Hellbent today!


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Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of 19 novels, including The Nowhere Man. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (The Book of Henry), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

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