Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Sweetbay Breeze”

Learning your first love is a serial killer can be hard to swallow…

But that’s definitely not the case with this week’s Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Sweetbay Breeze” cocktail, inspired by Jennifer Hillier’s latest thriller, Jar of Hearts!

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier is the story of three best friends—one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years.

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong―one of the most popular girls in school―disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser―now a detective with Seattle PD―finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

Read an excerpt from Jar of Hearts!


“Sweetbay Breeze”


  • 2 oz. grape vodka
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • pineapple wedge (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Add the vodka, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice to a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a mason jar over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

So have a few “Sweetbay Breeze” cocktails and don’t forget to order your copy of Leonard Goldberg’s Jar of Hearts today!

Read Thomas Pluck’s review of Jar of Hearts!

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