“A Darkness Absolut” Cocktail

When your only shelter from a blizzard is a dark cave, you'd better hope they have a good bartender! 

Embrace the darkness with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“A Darkness Absolut,” a delicious martini inspired by Kelley Armstrong's 2nd Casey Duncan novel, A Darkness Absolute!

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong is the 2nd book in the Casey Duncan series (available February 7, 2017).

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that … before another victim goes missing.

Read an excerpt from A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong!


“A Darkness Absolut”


– 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilla vodka
– 3/4 oz. Kahlua
– 3/4 oz. espresso
– dash of simple syrup
– 3 espresso beans (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour all ingredients (minus the coffee beans) into a mixin tin.
  2. Add ice and shake well.
  3. Pour into a chilled martini or coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with coffee beans.

Enjoy a few “A Darkness Absolut” cocktails, and don't forget to order your copy of A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong!


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Kelley Armstrong graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada. She is the author of City of the Lost, the first book in the Casey Duncan mystery series.

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