“Rocks-&-Rye Bones” Cocktail

What do you do when a baby is dropped off at your door? I wipe the sweat from my brow, remember that it's a fictional situation, and enjoy another cocktail!

So, put the book down for a quick minute and join us for Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel!

This week, make a nice “Rocks-&-Rye Bones” cocktail—inspired by the 12th Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery by Carolyn Haines, Rock-a-Bye Bones!

Rock-a-Bye Bones is the 12th book in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series.

Sarah Booth Delaney knows the perfect way to begin recovering from both the recent attack on Scott Hampton’s blues club and her broken heart. She’s going to host a Thanksgiving feast for all of her friends at her ancestral home in Zinnia, Mississippi. But one bitterly cold night with the holiday just around the corner, Sarah Booth awakens to the insistent ring of her doorbell. She opens the door to find a newborn baby in a basket sitting on her front porch…and a pool of blood slowly seeping out from the basket. Before she can respond, an engine guns and a dark vehicle takes off.

After the police and a doctor ensure the baby is otherwise safe and healthy, Sarah Booth calls Tinkie Richmond, her partner at the Delaney Detective Agency. They know they need to do everything they can to find the baby's mother…even if they are starting to fall in love with the baby themselves. But as they track the baby's mother, Sarah Booth soon begins to suspect the woman might have been in danger; in fact, she might have been running for her life. And following in the woman's footsteps, Sarah Booth might find her own life on the line next.

Read an excerpt of Rock-a-Bye Bones here!


"Rocks-&-Rye Bones" Cocktail at The Craic in Brooklyn, NY.
“Rocks-&-Rye Bones”


– 2 oz. Rye Whiskey (Use Mr. Katz's Rock & Rye Whiskey if you want to be extra authentic)

– 1 oz. lemon juice

– 3/4 oz. simple syrup

– 1/2 oz. red wine

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour ingredients (except for wine) into a mixing tin.
  2. Add ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Float the wine by slowly pouring if over the back of a spoon. 
  5. Garnish with an orange & cherry (optional).

So shake the extra responsibility of having a baby dropped off at your door by making sure you're not even qualified for childcare with a few “Rocks-&-Rye Bones”! Then, make sure to pick up your copy of Rock-a-Bye Bones by Carolyn Haines!


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Carolyn Haines is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries. She is the recipient of both the Harper Lee Distinguished Writing Award and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Semmes, Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats and horses than she can possibly keep track of.


  1. Tina Maria Anderson

    I just happen to have Old Overholt Rye Whiskey close at hand for such an emergency. Lord knows there would be no time to shop with a just-found-baby! So I grab my family’s whiskey and Yay! A lemon, a little wilted, but it’ll do! I ain’t got time for no simple syryp…honey sounds good; just drizzle some of that in. Red wine? Naw, drank all that last night…but I DO have cherry juice; that might be good! Mmmm…I’m a genius! Now to just relax. Ugh! Is the baby CRYING?

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