I’ve written in the past about how much I enjoy reading cozy mysteries with recipes included in the plot line. As I finish each book, I copy the dishes that catch my eye with my printer, and then I pass along the book to another genre fan. On my desk is a file folder full of tasty ideas I look forward to testing out in the kitchen.
Recently I finished the latest in Krista Davis’s Domestic Diva series, The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss. It was fun to get back in touch with
Sophie Winston, party planner and domestic how-to
columnist, and the cast of characters in her life. Yes, there was a dead body,
and yes, there were lots of recipes. Lots of chocolate recipes. A chocoholic’s dream!
Once again I longed for
kitchen, complete with fireplace, in her Old Town Alexandria, Virginia home, and her pantry/freezer/refrigerator full of
ingredients that allowed her to feed her friends at a moment’s notice. I enjoyed
this latest adventure very much. Every
time I finish a Diva mystery, I begin the countdown to the next one.
I copied many of the chocolate recipes from this book, but none of them seemed suited for summer. So I went to my file and found this cocktail recipe from an earlier
book, The Diva Diggs up the Dirt.
The Sunset Boulevard Cocktail is similar to my Woo Woo Cocktail, but with orange juice slowly poured in to give the drink its sunset effect. The original recipe has double the amount of vodka, but I found it overpowered the peach schnapps flavor and was a bit harsh. After tinkering with the amount, the drink was perfect for my tastes.
I wanted to get a sunset in the photos, but the cloudy sky didn’t cooperate. No matter. The Sunset Boulevard Cocktail was a lovely, flavorful substitute.
Sunset Boulevard Cocktail
1 ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce vodka
3 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce orange juice
Pour the schnapps, vodka, and cranberry juice into a tall glass filled with ice. Slowly pour in theorange juice to get the sunset look.