Food & Drink

Joseph Kanon is a master of the nearly-undetectable “slippery slope.”  In his novels, both the protagonist and the reader almost miss the spider web beginning to tighten from practically the first page.

CHERRY CHEESECAKE Cocktail

1 part vanilla vodka
2 parts cranberry juice
1 dash of grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into martini glass.

Signs of summer have arrived: Birds are tweeting, beaches are opening and the calendar is filling up with days-long sports tournaments for the kids.

Katherine Center writes of 20-something Margaret Jacobson, who is looking forward to two things—a new dream job and an engagement ring from her boyfriend, Chuck.  Although Margaret is afraid of flying, pilot-in-training Chuck persuades her to go on a short flight before what she assumes is their

Bull's Eye
 
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 can light beer
1 can ginger ale
2 Tbsp. sugar
ice

Pour lemon juice into a pitcher, and add light beer and ginger ale. Add sugar, stir until it dissolves and serve over ice. Cheers! Makes 4 servings.

Tequila has a bit of a reputation.

Pisco Sour
 
3 oz. Capel Premium pisco
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 tsp. egg white
ice cubes
Infuse clove bitters
 

Reminiscent of the movie Notting Hill, P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy is a story about a world-famous actress and an American writer, as they seek respite from their lives in Paris.

There’s been a spate of new novels involving libraries or bookstores set in remote, picturesque locations.

Island Girl
This cocktail is simple enough to fix up for a crowd, and the fruity flavor will have guests feeling like they’re officially on island time. Throw in fresh lime wedges for an unexpected flavorful (and colorful) punch.
 

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