Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Lush”

When you live alone on six thousand acres of land, a drink or two (or 10) can help pass the time.

And what better drink to imbibe than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—”The Lush” cocktail, inspired by John Hart's The Hush!

Building on the world first seen in The Last Child, The Hush by John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world, rarely seen (available February 27, 2018).

Take a visual tour of The Hush with GIFnotes!

It’s been ten years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon’s life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; the fascination remains. Living alone on six thousand acres of once-sacred land, Johnny’s only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They’re not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost.

But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home; he senses darkness and hunger, an intractable intent. Johnny will discuss none of it, but there are the things he knows, the things he can do. A lesser friend might accept such abilities as a gift, but Jack has felt what moves in the swamp: the cold of it, the unspeakable fear.

Read an excerpt from The Hush!


“The Lush”


– 2 oz. Jack Daniels
– 1/2 oz. Johnnie Walker Black
– 3/4 oz. lemon juice
– 1/2 oz. ginger syrup
– 1/8 oz. honey syrup
– lemon peel (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour ingredients into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Cut a peel from a lemon (careful to avoid the pith), squeeze the oils over the drink, and drop into the glass.

So have a few “The Lush” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of John Hart's The Hush today!


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John Hart is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, Iron House, and Redemption Road. The only author in history to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel consecutively, John has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His novels have been translated into thirty languages and can be found in more than seventy countries.

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