“Requiem for a Mezcal” Cocktail

What do actors do when they sense danger? Play dead!

We promise that this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—isn't actually poison like the onstage drink laced with cyanide that spawned the mystery in Requiem for a Mezzo. So feel safe having a “Requiem for a Mezcal” cocktail, inspired by Carola Dunn's 3rd Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Requiem for a Mezzo, now beautifully reprinted in paperback!

Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn is the 3rd book in the Daisy Dalrymple series, now beautifully reprinted in paperback! (Available January 31, 2017)

England, 1923: The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple attends a performance of Verdi’s Requiem with Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. The tickets were a gift from Muriel Westlea, Daisy’s neighbor and the sister of Bettina Westlea, who will be singing the mezzo role. What should be a pleasant afternoon is disrupted when, during the performance, Bettina falls dead on stage―poisoned with cyanide. While it’s quickly determined that Bettina’s on-stage prop glass of liqueur was laced with the deadly poison, discovering the person responsible will not be an easy task. 

Bettina was neither well liked nor well behaved, and many of her colleagues, associates, and even her family had good reason to want her dead. Daisy, determined to help DCI Fletcher whether he wants help or not, decides to do some investigating on her own. But with so many suspects and so few clues, the murderer may well go free…

Read an excerpt from Requiem for a Mezzo!


“Requiem for a Mezcal”


– 1 1/2 oz. mezcal
– 3/4 oz. grapefruit juice
– 1/2 oz. lime juice
– 1/2 oz. maraschino liqueur
– pinch of salt
– lime wheel (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour the ingredients (minus the lime wheel) into a mixing tin with plenty of ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel.

Just because this column is called “Pick Your Poison” doesn't mean we're actually going to poison you…. So feel safe, be safe, and have a few “Requiem for a Mezcal” cocktails, and don't forget to order your copy of Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn!


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Carola Dunn is the author of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries, the Cornish Mysteries, and over 30 Regencies. Born and raised in England, the author now lives with her dog in Eugene, Oregon, USA.