“Doc’s American Dream” Cocktail

America is heading for the Great Depression, but a true love is forming down south … one that will rival the crash of the century.

So speak easy with Bonnie & Clyde and this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“Doc's American Dream” cocktail, inspired by Jenni L. Walsh's debut historical mystery, Becoming Bonnie!

Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh is a debut historical novel and the untold story of how the wholesome Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo!

The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her, and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc's.

Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school, and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, he embraces it―perhaps too much, especially when it comes to booze and gambling―she tries to make the pieces fit. Maybe she can have it all: the American Dream, the husband, and the intoxicating allure of jazz music. But her life―like her country―is headed for a crash.

Bonnie Parker is about to meet Clyde Barrow.

Read an excerpt from Becoming Bonnie!


“Doc's American Dream”


– 2 oz. gin
– 1 oz. dry vermouth
– 1 1/2 oz. Yellow Chartreuse
– 2 dashes orange bitters
– orange (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour ingredients into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange peel.

So have a few “Doc's American Dream” cocktails, and don't forget to order your copy of Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh!


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Jenni L. Walsh has spent the past decade enticing readers as an award-winning advertising copywriter. Her passion lies in transporting readers to another world, be it in historical or contemporary settings. She is a proud graduate of Villanova University, and lives in the Philly 'burbs with her husband, daughter, son, and goldendoodle. Becoming Bonnie is her first novel.

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