“Widowmaker Combo” Cocktail

What do you do when a woman shows up at the door claiming you have a troubled half-brother. I add a shot to my beer and make it a combo.

This week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—ups the classic boilermaker combo with a smooth shot of New York's own, Widow Jane Bourbon!

Inspired by Paul Doiron's 7th Mike Bowditch novel, Widowmaker, grab yourself a small glass of tasty brown liquid AND a beer for a “Widowmaker Combo” and let's make this a party!

Widowmaker by Paul Doiron is book #7 in the Mike Bowditch series (Available June 14, 2016).

When a mysterious woman in distress appears outside his home, Mike Bowditch has no clue she is about to blow his world apart. Amber Langstrom is beautiful, damaged, and hiding a secret with a link to his past.. She claims her son Adam is a wrongfully convicted sex offender who has vanished from a brutal work camp in the high timber around the Widowmaker Ski Resort. She also claims that Adam Langstrom is the illegitimate son of Jack Bowditch, Mike’s dead and diabolical father. He is the half-brother Mike never knew he had.

Read an excerpt of Widowmaker here!


"Widowmaker Combo" at The Craic in Williamsburg, NY
“Widowmaker Combo”


– 1 pint of beer (your choice)

– 1 shot of Widow Jane whiskey

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour yourself a nice, cold, frothy beer.
  2. Pour a shot of Widow Jane Bourbon.
  3. Dance with the Devil.
  4. Drink, drank, drunk.
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The only thing better than a beer is a shot of whiskey with it, so make it a combo and then pick up your copy of Widowmaker by Paul Doiron!


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Paul Doiron is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, The Poacher's Son, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist.

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