Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Ginger Schnapped”

What do you do when your friend is wrongfully accused of murder and your spice shop is burglarized?

Take the edge off with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Ginger Schnapped” cocktail, inspired by Gail Oust's fifth Spice Shop Mystery, Ginger Snapped!

Murder comes well-seasoned in Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust's fifth novel in the charming Spice Shop Mystery series (available December 12, 2017).

Piper Prescott and Police Chief Wyatt McBride might have gotten off on the wrong foot but, over the past year, their interactions have evolved into a friendship of sorts. And when the body of Shirley Randolph is found floating in a fishing hole, their relationship reaches entirely new territory.

Shirley, the town's Realtor of the Year, was also Wyatt's suspected romantic interest, and now the residents of Brandywine Creek are speculating that Wyatt is responsible for her death. As the town council moves to suspend the handsome lawman, Piper springs into action to save his reputation and possibly his freedom. She enlists the aid of her BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, along with Wyatt himself, to help solve the puzzle and find Shirley’s real killer.

Pointing them toward high-powered real estate tactics and possible affairs, the investigation soon becomes personal when Piper's shop, Spice It Up!, is burglarized, and she’s forced off the road late one night, narrowly escaping serious injury. Realizing that she must be close to uncovering the truth, and that the evidence against Wyatt is no longer circumstantial, Piper resorts to drastic measures to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.

Read an excerpt from Ginger Snapped!


“Ginger Schnapped”


– 2 oz. whiskey
– 1 oz. peach schnapps
– 4 oz. ginger beer
– 2 oz. orange juice
– lime wheel (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour the whiskey, peach schnapps, and orange juice into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a stemmed glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top with ginger beer and stir gently.
  5. Garnish with lime wheel.

So have a few “Ginger Schnapped” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Gail Oust's Ginger Snapped today!

Take a visual tour through Ginger Snapped with GIFnotes!


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Gail Oust is often accused of flunking retirement. Hearing the words “maybe it's a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she has spent more time on a computer than at a golf course. She lives with her husband in McCormick, South Carolina.


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