“Earth Day Cooler” Cocktail

This cocktail may not actually cool the Earth, but it's a great way to celebrate Earth Day and Ann Cleeves's 7th Shetland Island Mystery, Cold Earth!

So go green with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Earth Day Cooler” cocktail!

Cold Earth is the 7th book in the Shetland Island Mystery series.

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea.

At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.

Read an excerpt from Cold Earth!


“Earth Day Cooler”


– 1 1/2 oz.gin
– 2 oz. soda water
– 1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur
– 1/4 oz. lime juice
– 1/4 oz. simple syrup
– 3 slices cucumber (1 for garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour simple syrup into a mixing tin.
  2. Break up 2 of the cucumber slices and add to the tin.
  3. Muddle cucumbers.
  4. Add the lime juice, elderflower liqueur, and gin.
  5. Shake well.
  6. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  7. Top with soda water.
  8. Garnish with final cucumber slice.

So get out there and make a difference! Then, reward yourself with a few “Earth Day Cooler” cocktails, and don't forget to order your copy of Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves!

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Ann Cleeves writes two series of traditional mysteries, both of which have been turned into hit TV series. The Vera Stanhope books have been made into the hit series Vera starring Brenda Blethyn. The Shetland novels feature Inspector Jimmy Perez and are being filmed by the BBC and titled Shetland. Both series are also available in the U.S. through Netflix, PBS, and Acorn TV. Ann Cleeves lives in England.

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