“The Dry Twist” Cocktail

What do you do when the past tries to make you remember? Have a few cocktails!

And what better a cocktail than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Dry Twist,” inspired by Jane Harper's debut mystery novel, The Dry!

The Dry by Jane Harper
The Dry by Jane Harper
A small town hides big secrets in The Dry—an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper (Available January 10, 2017).

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

Read an excerpt from The Dry!


“The Dry Twist”


– 3 oz. gin or vodka
– 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
– 1 dash of orange bitters
– 1 lemon twist (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour the ingredients (minus the lemon twist) into a mixing tin with plenty of ice.
  2. Stir very well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Cut a twist of lemon, squeeze the oils on top of the cocktail, rub the rim of the glass, and drop in the drink.

Just because you should read The Dry, doesn't mean you have to stay dry while you do it. So drink up, and don't forget to order your copy of The Dry by Jane Harper!


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Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for 13 years both in Australia and the UK. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008, where she lives in Melbourne and writes for the Herald Sun. The Dry, her debut novel, won the 2015 Victorian Premier Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.

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