Book-Inspired Cocktails: “var Spirit = null;”

When the future of democracy is about to implode, the freedom of choice becomes even more sacred.

So choose your favorite spirit with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “var Spirit = null;” cocktail, inspired by Malka Older's second Centenal Cycle novel, Null States!

Null States by Malka Older is the second book in the Centenal Cycle series.

The future of democracy is about to implode.

After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured thirty years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of Information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order.

In the newly-incorporated DarFur, a governor dies in a fiery explosion. In Geneva, a superpower hatches plans to bring microdemocracy to its knees. In Central Asia, a sprawling war among archaic states threatens to explode into a global crisis. And across the world, a shadowy plot is growing, threatening to strangle Information with the reins of power.

Read an excerpt from Null States!


“var Spirit = null;”


– 2 oz. of your favorite spirit
– 1/2 oz. lime juice
– 1/2 oz. simple syrup
– 2 oz. ginger beer
– lime wedge (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Add spirit of choice, lime juice, and simple syrup to a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a copper mug over fresh ice.
  4. Top with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

So have a few “var Spirit = null;” cocktails, and don't forget to order your copy of Malka Older's Null States today!


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Malka Older is a writer, humanitarian worker, and PhD candidate at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations studying governance and disasters. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than eight years of experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali.

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