“Skeleton Godfather” Cocktail

What do you do when you find yourself faced with a centuries-old secret and the possibility of ghosts?

Find yourself a spirit of your own with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Skeleton Godfather” cocktail, inspired by Eliot Pattison's Skeleton God!

Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison is the 9th book in the Inspector Shan Tao Yun series (available March 14, 2017).

Shan Tao Yun, now the reluctant constable of a remote Tibetan town, has learned to expect the impossible at the roof of the world, but nothing has prepared him for his discovery when he investigates a report that a nun has been savagely assaulted by ghosts. In an ancient tomb by the old nun lies a gilded saint buried centuries earlier, flanked by the remains of a Chinese soldier killed fifty years before and an American man murdered only hours earlier. Shan is thrust into a maelstrom of intrigue and contradiction.

The Tibetans are terrified, the notorious Public Security Bureau wants nothing to do with the murders, and the army seems determined to just bury the dead again and Shan with them. No one wants to pursue the truth–except Shan, who finds himself in a violent collision between a heartbreaking, clandestine effort to reunite refugees from Tibet separated for decades and a covert corruption investigation that reaches to the top levels of the government in Beijing, China. The terrible secret Shan uncovers changes his town and his life forever.

Read an excerpt from Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison! 


“Skeleton Godfather”


– 2 oz. scotch whisky
– 1 oz. amaretto liqueur
– orange (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Build ingredients over ice.
  3. Briefly stir.
  4. Cut a peel of orange (careful to avoid the white pith), squeeze the oils on top of the cocktail, rub the rim of the glass, and use to garnish the drink.

Who needs ghosts with spirits like these? Have a few “Skeleton Godfather” cocktails and make sure to order your copy of Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison!

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Eliot Pattison is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Shan novels, including The Skull Mantra and Soul of the Fire. A frequent visitor to China, his books and articles on international policy issues have been published around the world. He lives in Oley, Pennsylvania.

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