Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Andrez Bergen's Guide to Books & Booze

Time to grab a book and get tipsy!

Books & Booze challenges participating authors to make up their own drinks, name and all, or create a drink list for their characters and/or readers using drinks that already exist. 

Today, Andrez Bergen hits the floor with a hell of a companion drink to his soon-to-be-released novel Black Sails, Disco Inferno:


The Derby, which dates back to 1927 (therefore having a track record with the upper set by the '70s) is an International Bartenders Association Official Cocktail that traditionally combines gin, peach bitters and mint leaves.

Given that the Holt crime family in Black Sails, Disco Inferno are of Irish descent, and in fact based on a King of Ireland's clan in the medieval legend of Tristan and Iseult, they have their own variation of the Derby.

Gin is switched, of course, with Irish whiskey.

The Holt Derby, perfected by their family driver Lou Holden, is additionally made with a generous portion of limejuice alongside sweet vermouth and orange curaçao, to conjure up a drink that's dry, tart, peppery, subtly herbal, and a little out there.

Shaken, not stirred.


1 1/2 oz (44 ml) Irish whiskey, preferably Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
1/2 oz (15 ml) sweet vermouth
1/2 oz (15 ml) orange curaçao (or Cointreau)
1/2 oz (15 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice 
2 dashes bitters
1/4 teaspoon grated corn poppy seed
4-inch (10-cm) lime twist for garnish

Combine whiskey, sweet vermouth, curaçao, limejuice, corn poppy seed, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. 
Fill with ice and shake until well chilled; Lou, from the novel, would recommend about 20 seconds. 
Then strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with that lime twist. 


Andrez Bergen's 1970s crime/noir novel BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO will be published on June 30, 2016. It's available for pre-order from the publishers Open Books.

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