Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Love in the Cold War

This is cocktail #2 to mark the launch of Not With A Whimper, an original Cold War thriller.

The heart is easy to do. Just cut a maraschino cherry in two, then nip at the sides with a pair of kitchen scissors.

1 measure vodka
1 measure dry martini
1 measure apricot brandy
Dash cranberry bitters
Cocktail cherry

Shake the first three ingredients over ice, pour into a glass and drop in the cherry. If you add another ice cube, it makes it easier to dash in the bitters. Don't stir it right away and let them sink to the bottom. If you don’t have cranberry bitters, a few drops of grenadine or hibiscus juice would do, although it won’t look quite as dramatic.

By Pamela Kelt

Checkpoint Charlie

Today is a special occasion. It’s the launch of my late father’s original Cold War thriller, Not With A Whimper.

I was given his manuscripts some months ago, and as soon as I read the first few paragraphs, I was on a mission to get his first novel published. For the whole story, do pop along to a small website I put together in my father's memory: Peter A. W. Kelt.

Thanks to Crooked Cat, his novel is out today.

Set in Spain at the end of Franco’s reign, it’s a riveting tale of espionage and conspiracy, written in a tight, Chandleresque style.

So, here’s a cocktail on the Cold War theme: Checkpoint Charlie, as a reminder of the US, British, French and Soviet sectors.

1 measure Bourbon
1 measure Pimms
1 measure vodka
1 measure Chambord

Shake over ice. Take a seat and sip. Beware, it packs a punch.

By Pamela Kelt