Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Fade to Stout”

A lot of times, people drink to forget—but when you're an amnesiac, you don't need booze for that.

So drink to remember with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Fade to Stout” cocktail, inspired by David Rosenfelt's second Doug Brock novel, Fade to Black!

In Fade to Black, the thrilling sequel to Blackout from David Rosenfelt, Policeman Doug Brock helps a fellow victim of amnesia untangle a murder case and discovers he may not be as distant as he thinks (available March 13, 2018).

After getting shot in the line of duty, New Jersey state police officer Doug Brock has been busy rebuilding his life. He’s reunited with his fiancé and started to get some of his memories back. He hopes he can continue to recover with the help of an amnesia support group and that the damage from his past isn’t permanent.

It isn’t until fellow group member Sean Conner approaches him after a meeting that Doug realizes the trouble is just beginning. Sean has discovered in his attic what can only be called a scrapbook of a murder victim, but he has no recollection of the girl’s identity or why he might have gathered this information. Doug agrees to help and convinces his captain to open what had been a cold case. When he discovers that he had a personal connection to this case, suddenly he’s questioning everything he thought he knew about the case, about Sean, and about his own past.

Read an excerpt from Fade to Black!


“Fade to Stout”


– 10 oz. Guinness stout
– 10 oz. lager (dealer's choice)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour the lager into an imperial pint glass (20 oz).
  2. Slowly pour the Guinness over the back of a spoon.
  3. As the Guinness hits the spoon, it should slide into the glass on all sides and layer on top of the lager.
  4. Take a picture (it'll be a beautiful beer if done right)!

So have a few “Fade to Stout” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of David Rosenfelt's Fade to Black today!

Listen to Chapter 1 of Fade to Black!

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David Rosenfelt is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of eight standalones and sixteen Andy Carpenter novels. He and his wife live in Maine with twenty-five of the four thousand dogs they have rescued.

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