“Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns” Cocktail

Vampires may need blood to survive, but what about when they vant to have a bit of fun?

They get down with a few of this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns” cocktail, inspired by Chris Vola's horror thriller, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn!

Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by Chris Vola is a thrilling, scary, and humorous horror tale of vampires with a side of conspiracy.

Ryan Driggs has lived in Brooklyn for 128 years, 96 of them as one of the last members of a tribe of blood-eating immortals who have called the borough home since before colonial times. Besides the occasional hard-to-control thirst, his life in the twenty-first century is uneventful, until he meets Jennifer, a human from Manhattan with whom he falls in love.

Unable to leave Brooklyn without reverting back to his original, cancer-stricken human state, Ryan knows he must tell Jennifer who and what he really is. But before he can find the words, she is kidnapped by a tribe of Manhattan vampires―and Ryan discovers that, for a reason unknown to him, he is a target too. After contacting the oldest member of his tribe, a former slave named Frank Lafayette, and after an attempt on their lives that leaves two of Frank’s employees dead, Ryan realizes he’s been thrust into a world that is more dangerous than anything he’d imagined.

As he travels to Manhattan to rescue Jennifer, forsaking his immortality, he gets caught up in a roller coaster of violence, lies, manipulation, and a power struggle that stretches back thousands of years. In a world where conspiracies are more than just theories and where he is the key to an ancient secret, Ryan must decide to fight or forsake both of the species he’s called his own.


“Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns”


– 2 oz. rye whiskey
– 1 oz. dry vermouth
– 1/4 oz. Maraschino liqueur
– 2 dashes Angostura bitters
– Maraschino cherry (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

Immortality is way more fun with a few “Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns” cocktails! So toast to forever, and don't forget to order your copy of Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by Chris Vola!

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Chris Vola was born in Hartford, Connecticut. A former assistant greenskeeper, bouncer, waiter, and editor, he lives and bartends in New York City. Only the Dead Know Brooklyn is his third book after Monkeytown and How to Find a Flock.

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