“Pink Flamingo Road” Cocktail

What could you possibly add to a book with horse racing, gambling, and gangsters? The only logical choice is a delicious cocktail!

That's exactly what you'll get with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Pink Flamingo Road” cocktail, inspired by Sasscer Hill's 1st Fia McKee Mystery, Flamingo Road!

Flamingo Road by Sasscer Hill is the 1st book in the Fia McKee Mystery series (available April 18, 2017).

Baltimore police officer Fia McKee is put on leave for excessive use of force after interfering in a crime that turns deadly. Given a second chance, she is sent to work undercover for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) at the Gulfstream Park in Florida, where she works as an exercise rider. Her assignment is to watch and report back on two racetrack workers who have been suspected of illegal activities and whose horses continue to outperform all expectations, winning their owners unseemly amounts of money in the races.

To complete her cover story, Fia moves in with her semi-estranged brother, Patrick, who lives near the racetrack. Her investigations are complicated when her niece, Jilly, disappears after a shadow gang takes Jilly’s beloved horse. Now Fia must work two angles—first to find out what’s really going on with the men who might or might not be gaming the system, and second to bring the men who prey on horses to justice. Along the way, Fia encounters Cuban gangs living off the grid, a (very handsome) do-gooder who’s close on their trail, and a cabal of super wealthy gamblers who will stop at nothing to ensure they always win.

Read an excerpt from Flamingo Road!


“Pink Flamingo Road”


– 1 1/2 oz. white rum
– 3/4 oz. lime juice
– 1/2 oz. simple syrup
– 1/4 oz. cherry juice (maraschino)
– cherry and grapefruit (or orange) peel (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a grapefruit (or orange) peel and cherry.

Complete the superfecta with a “Pink Flamingo Road” cocktail, and don't forget to order your copy of Flamingo Road by Sasscer Hill!


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Sasscer Hill was an amateur steeplechase jockey, as well as a horse owner who bred, raised, and rode race horses for thirty years in Maryland. Her first published novel, Full Mortality, was nominated for both the Agatha and Macavity Best First Mystery Awards. 

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