Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Gamblin’ Jack”

Revenge is a drink best served cold.

So is this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Gamblin' Jack” cocktail, inspired by Scott Adlerberg's historical revenge thriller, Jack Waters! I bet you can't have just one…

Jack Waters by Scott Adlerberg is a historical thriller set in 1904 about an American guy from New Orleans—a poker player and fugitive murderer—who joins a Caribbean island revolution for utterly non-political reasons. He has his own reasons for joining the rebellion, based on revenge against someone high up in the country (available January 17, 2018).

It's 1904, and Jack Waters lives in New Orleans. He earns his money by playing poker. Through his gambling skill, he has a comfortable life, but one day he kills a man he catches cheating against him. On the run, he flees Louisiana, and he moves to an island in the Caribbean. It seems he will be able to resume his poker playing life, but he runs into problems with the island's rich and powerful. Frustrated, he joins a rebellion against the government. But his reason for joining the revolutionaries has nothing to do with politics. He has his own reason for joining the rebellion, based on revenge against someone high up in the country.

A story about a fanatical quest for justice, Jack Waters is a historical revenge tale that moves with the speed of a thriller.

Read an excerpt from Jack Waters & learn how to win a copy of this historical revenge thriller!


“Gamblin' Jack”


– 1 1/2 oz. Jack Daniels whiskey
– 1/2 oz. lemon juice
– 1/2 oz. orange juice
– 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
– bar spoon of grenadine
– 1-2 dashes of Angostura bitters

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into your favorite tiki glass over crushed ice.
  4. Bet the house.
  5. And add island flair and garnishes to your heart's content.

So have a few “Gamblin' Jack” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Scott Adlerberg's Jack Waters today!


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Scott Adlerberg is the author of Jack Waters, a historical revenge tale, from Broken River Books. His other books include the noir/fantasy novella Jungle Horses and the psychological thriller Graveyard Love. He co-hosts the Word for Word Reel Talks film commentary series each summer in Manhattan and blogs about books, movies, and writing at the crime fiction site Do Some Damage. He lives in New York City.


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