Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Wolf”

What do you do when your friend is missing and there is a killer on the loose playing games with you?

Raise a drink to your missing friend with this week’s Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Wolf” cocktail, inspired by Daniel Cole’s latest thriller, Hangman!

Hangman by Daniel Cole is a gruesome police procedural and the pulse-pounding sequel to Ragdoll.

A detective with no one to trust.

A killer with nothing to lose.

Detective Emily Baxter is still reeling from the Ragdoll case, and from the disappearance of her friend William “Wolf” Fawkes. Despite her reluctance to jump into another gruesome case, she’s summoned to a meeting of a new FBI/CIA/UK law enforcement task force in New York. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up from the Brooklyn Bridge, the word “BAIT” carved deep into its chest.

As the media pressure intensifies, Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation and attend the scene of another murder, again with a victim inscribed with a word—“PUPPET.”

The murders continue to grow in spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, and the team helplessly plays catch-up. Baxter must shake off the grief and fear that have paralyzed her for the last year so she can stop another terrible killer before it’s too late.

Read Kristin Centorcelli’s review of Hangman!


“The Wolf”


  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. peach schnapps
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • lemon (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, peach schnapps, and bitters to a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Cut a peel of a lemon (careful to avoid the white pith), squeeze oils over the cocktail, rub around the rim, and drop into drink.

So have a few “The Wolf” cocktails and don’t forget to order your copy of Daniel Cole’s Hangman today!

Check out Daniel Cole’s guest post about how his favorite screenwriters/directors influenced his fiction!

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