“The White Rook” Cocktail

“Every pawn is potentially a queen.” – James Mason

Castle up with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel— “The White Rook” cocktail, inspired by Andrew Gross's upcoming WWII historical thriller, The One Man!

The One Man by Andrew Gross is an historical thriller that's bursting with compelling characters and tense story lines (Available August 23, 2016).

Poland. 1944. Alfred Mendl and his family are brought on a crowded train to a Nazi concentration camp after being caught trying to flee Paris with forged papers. His family is torn away from him on arrival, his life’s work burned before his eyes. To the guards, he is just another prisoner, but in fact Mendl—a renowned physicist—holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. And the other is already at work for the Nazi war machine.

Four thousand miles away, in Washington, DC, Intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum routinely decodes messages from occupied Poland. Having escaped the Krakow ghetto as a teenager after the Nazis executed his family, Nathan longs to do more for his new country in the war. But never did he expect the proposal he receives from “Wild” Bill Donovan, head of the OSS: to sneak into the most guarded place on earth, a living hell, on a mission to find and escape with one man, the one man the Allies believe can ensure them victory in the war.

Read an excerpt of The One Man!


“The White Rook”


– 1 oz. vanilla vodka (I prefer Stoli)
– 1 oz. coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
– 2 oz. half and half
– splash of cola

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Top a snifter or rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over ice.
  3. Top with more ice.
  4. Add half and half.
  5. Splash with cola.
  6. Stir softly and enjoy!
The White Rook Cocktail
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Call checkmate with “The White Rook” cocktail, and don't forget to pick up your copy of The One Man by Andrew Gross!

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Andrew Gross is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of several novels, including No Way Back, Everything to Lose, and One Mile Under. He is also coauthor of #1 New York Times bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into over 25 languages. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn. They have three children.

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