Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sunset Boulevard Cocktail

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 Sophie’s 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 Davis 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.

Yield: 1
Author: Linda Ditch
Sunset Boulevard Cocktail

Sunset Boulevard Cocktail

A summer cocktail adapted from one found in The Diva Digs Up the Dirt by Krista Davis.


  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice


  1. Pour the schnapps, vodka, and cranberry juice into a tall glass filled with ice. Slowly pour in the
  2. orange juice to get the sunset look.
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  1. It is delicious and refreshing! :)

  2. I am so flattered! Thank you for featuring my books and recipe. I love this drink. It's so refreshing. And you're so right - chocolate drinks tend to lend themselves to winter. When it gets cold, try the Chocolate Kiss. Oh yum! I tried it out on a bunch of friends and everyone loved it!

  3. Krista, believe me, the Chocolate Kiss is on the list for cooler weather season! Isn't it fun having friends who are happy to test your concoctions? Speaking of which...

    Jan, thanks for being my go-to taster!

  4. I just finished that book. Yes, I also want her refrigerator. Mine has this annoying quality of always being empty ... or even worse, the food has been there just a smidge too long.

  5. Joan, I hate finding food in the fridge that is a smidge over its best-used-by time!