“The Devil’s Yeast” Cocktail

How do you handle a combination of political conflicts, personal vendettas, and England's first celebrity chef … just add bourbon!

Though, you won't need a celebrity chef to whip up this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Devil's Yeast” cocktail, inspired by M. J. Carter's 3rd Blake and Avery novel, The Devil's Feast!

The Devil's Feast by M. J. Carter is the 3rd book in the Blake and Avery series in which the investigative team find themselves entangled in a case involving political conflicts, personal vendettas, and England’s first celebrity chef.

London, 1842. Captain William Avery is persuaded to investigate a mysterious and horrible death at the Reform, London’s newest and grandest gentleman’s club—a death the club is desperate to hush up. What he soon discovers is a web of rivalries and hatreds, both personal and political, simmering behind the club’s handsome façade. At the center is its resident genius, Alexis Soyer, “the Napoleon of food,” a chef whose culinary brilliance is matched only by his talent for self-publicity.

But Avery is distracted, for where is his mentor and partner in crime Jeremiah Blake? And what if this first death is only a dress rehearsal for something far more sinister?

Read an excerpt from The Devil's Feast!


“The Devil's Yeast”


– 2 oz. Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon
– 3/4 oz. lemon juice
– 1/4 oz. simple syrup
– 2 dashes of orange bitters
– 2 oz. of white ale
– lemon slice (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Combine all ingredients (minus the beer) into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top with the white ale and stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with the lemon slice.

Become your own celebrity chef by making a few “The Devil's Yeast” cocktails, and don't forget to order your copy of The Devil's Feast by M. J. Carter!

Read Angie Barry's review of The Devil's Feast!


To learn more or order a copy, visit:

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M. J. Carter is a former journalist and the author of two acclaimed works of nonfiction, Anthony Blunt: His Lives and George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I. She is also the author of two previous Blake and Avery novels, The Strangler Vine and The Infidel Stain. Carter is married with two sons and lives in London.


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