Since today I celebrate the release of In the Blood, I thought it might be fun to talk about… alcohol. Namely, what alcoholic beverages (e.g. cocktails) remind me of the primary characters (and the most important secondary characters) in the novel.
Let’s get started!
Oriabel Dominax – a Martínez
Predecessor to the famous martini, a Martínez is made with gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino or curaçao, and bitters. Sweet, complex, and refreshing. Perfect for the lady of Corlaan Court.
Ottilde Dominax – a Bloody Mary
A spicy kick in the pants made from tomato juice, vodka, spices (Worcestershire, horseradish, Tabasco, black pepper, and salt) and lemon juice. A savory, fiery furnace in your belly. Just like Ottilde.
Híto Varon – an Old Fashioned
A wild drink with a thin veneer of sophistication and a touch of sweetness. Describes both Híto and this drink made of a muddled sugar cube, rye whiskey, bitters, and a bit of soda.
Wilder Coomb – a Whiskey Neat
Not a cocktail, I know, but with a man like Wilder Coomb, there are no mixers, syrups, or ice. Just barely restrained enough that he doesn’t grab the bottle and chug it.
Jacind – the Rye Witch
A pinch of sweet, a dash of bitter, and a whole lotta Umph! Make the Rye Witch (or in Jacind’s case the Wry Witch) with rye whiskey, Strega (that means witch in Italian!), sherry, orange bitters, and an orange peel twist to garnish.
Artair och Mahan – Rusty Nails, straight
A potent dram of Drambuie (a sweet, golden liqueur of scotch whiskey, honey, herbs, and spices) and whiskey. Wild, flavorful, and relentless. It can be served either “straight” (with ice), “neat,” or “up” in a stemmed glass.
Kester Hugo – a Between the Sheets
Unapologetically naughty this concoction was created to thumb a nose at Prohibition. Made from rum, brandy, triple sec, lemon juice, and a lemon twist garnish.
Claydia Hugo 😉 – a Vodka Cranberry
Tart and crisp with very little sweetness. Made with vodka, cranberry juice and garnished with a lime wedge.
Kala – a White Russian
A milky-white surface hides the dark layers beneath. Smooth and powerful. Made from vodka, Kaluha, and heavy cream. Serve chilled and wolf-eyed.
Merin Varon – a Cosmopolitan
Sophisticated without being stuffy, Cosmopolitans bespeak a woman of intelligence, elegance, and grace. But with a mischievous spark you can’t wait to discover. Made with vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice.
Pritard Onay – a Black and Tan
Made with nothing but stout and pale ale. Pritard would definitely appreciate this simple, straightforward beer cocktail.
Jamus Tinworth – an Irish Coffee
This warm and comforting after-dinner cocktail is made with brewed hot coffee, brown sugar, whiskey, and cream. Basically, a warm, friendly embrace in a mug.
Tillo Yaga – Pimm’s Cup
One taste calls to mind country summers and sun-drenched landscapes. Timeless and earthy. Made with lemony soda (or ginger ale), fruit, cucumbers, mint, and a shot of gin.
King Talin – a Screwdriver
A deceptively simple cocktail made from orange juice and vodka. It’s delicious and sweet, but beware that liquor creeping up on you and taking hold of your mind.
Now that you have some inspiration, get mixing then lift a glass with me to toast In the Blood‘s birth into the world.
Apki lambi umar ke liye!