Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Great White Shark”

A wise man once told me, “Live every week like it's Shark Week.”

What better way to achieve such valuable advice than with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Great White Shark” cocktail, inspired by Chris Jameson's chilling shark thriller, Shark Island!

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Shark Island by Chris Jameson
Shark Island by Chris Jameson
In Shark Island by Chris Jameson, a shark attack survivor believes she has already lived through her worst nightmare—she's dead wrong.

Naomi Cardiff is not one to give up without a fight—and now, after learning about a series of shark attacks in Cape Cod, she’s joined a team of scientists to put a stop to the terror. The plan: to lure the sharks to a remote island far from the populated coastline. Meanwhile, a fierce Nor’Easter is underway…

In the midst of the storm, an alarming number of Great Whites have come to slaughter the seals in a vicious feeding frenzy. When sharks ram and breach the hull, Naomi and her team must jump ship and swim desperately through a sea of circling fins and gaping jaws to the tiny island. But as the swells from the storm begin to swallow their rocky refuge, how will they manage to make it out alive?

Read an excerpt from Shark Island!


“The Great White Shark”


– 1 1/2 oz. vodka
– 1/2 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
– 1 oz. white cranberry juice
– 1/4 oz. lime juice
– dash of grenadine (optional)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Pour in a few drops of grenadine (optional).
  5. Garnish with shark gummies (optional).

So have a few “The Great White Shark” cocktails, and don't forget to order your copy of Shark Island today!

Check out Angie Barry's review of Shark Island!


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Chris Jameson has been a bouncer, a liquor retailer, an assistant hockey coach, a drama teacher, and an office drone. Summers on Cape Cod have given him a healthy respect for ocean predators. He lives near the coast of Massachusetts, but doesn’t spend a lot of time in the water.

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