“Vine Country” Cocktail

What happens when your nice vacation to Wine Country is interrupted by murder? Add bourbon to your wine…

And that's exactly what we do with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Vine Country” cocktail, inspired by Marla Cooper's 2nd Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mystery, Dying on the Vine!

Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper is the 2nd Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mystery, set against the stunning backdrop of California wine country and brimming with gossip, wine, and, of course …murder (available April 4, 2017).

When wedding planner Kelsey McKenna goes to the Wine Country Wedding Faire, the last thing she expects to do is take on new clients. After all, she’s just there to help out her friend Brody and maybe score some free cupcakes. But when a young couple in a pinch asks for her help, she just can't say no.

There’s only one problem: they’d been working with Babs Norton, the self-proclaimed Queen of Wine Country Weddings―and things did not end well. Kelsey wants to make sure there are no hard feelings, but unfortunately she never gets the chance. When she goes to Babs’s office, she finds the wedding planner dead on the floor.

Babs's high-strung assistant Stefan knows exactly who killed Babs: Kelsey. At least, that's what he very publicly accuses her of at Babs's funeral. When Kelsey decides to do a little sleuthing to clear her name, she uncovers a myriad of secrets and lies. And when a second wedding planner is attacked, Kelsey begins to wonder if she might be next.

Take a visual tour of Dying on the Vine with GIFnotes!


“Vine Country”


– 1 1/2 oz. merlot
– 1 oz. bourbon
– 1/4 oz. simple syrup
– 4 cherries
– lemon slice (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Muddle cherries in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add wine, bourbon, simple syrup, and ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with the lemon slice.

So add some extra oak notes to your wine with the “Vine Country” cocktail, and don't forget to order your copy of Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper!


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Marla Cooper is the author of the Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries. As a freelance writer, Marla has written all sorts of things, from advertising copy to travel guidebooks to the occasional haiku, and it was while ghostwriting a guide to destination weddings that she found inspiration for her series. Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in Oakland, California, with her writer husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.


  1. Marla J. Cooper

    This sounds DELICIOUS!! Can’t wait to try it.

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