I toyed with the idea of calling my blog post Cock•Tales, to describe the unique blend of booze and prose, but I figured I’d hook you with a well-endowed tagline instead. In this guest post, I’ve been tasked with pairing a contemporary romance and a cocktail.
For the prose I chose Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ First Star I See Tonight. Football and my fall cocktails go together like Lycra on a tight end, but more on that later. Two words. Wish fulfillment. Ms. Phillips is the first lady of sports romance and happens to be the gal responsible for inspiring me to grab my keyboard and get writing.
Her latest installment in the series features the highly delectable Cooper Graham and Piper Dove, the certified ass kicker who has his six or his ten, depending on whether she’s guarding his back or working his front. I read the book in two easy bites and yearned for more. The story has all we’ve come to expect in a Chicago Stars’ novel: unforgettable characters, witty dialogue, a quintessential towel wrapped around the good stuff, and all the laughs and feels we crack open the book for in the first place. I’d say more, but I’m not going to reveal any spoilers. As far as I’m concerned, Ms. Phillips delivered another colossal win, lighting the scoreboard with Number 8 in the Stars’ series and earning a rating of five champagne flutes from me.
I’m a born and bred California girl. I’m currently unpublished, but hope to change that soon. My current work in progress features a story about a gal suffering from a negative body image and a sordid social media past who meets a hot football player sporting washboard abs during her first week at college. She thinks he’s another player in a jersey going for the easy pass, but his game plan focuses on convincing her he’s trustworthy. Will this tight end run the play into the end zone for the win or will social media force him to fumble on the goal line?
When I’m not writing about smoking hot football players, I’m playing with cocktails. I’m a closet infusionista. I make a mean cocktail and will help you do the same. Since football is a fall sport, I’m going to share two fall cocktails in this post.
A Halloween Cosmopolitan
3 parts cranberry juice
2 parts of your favorite vodka
1 part Blue Curaçao
½ part Grand Marnier
Pour brew into a martini shaker half to three quarters filled with ice. Shake well, my friends, and then pour into your favorite martini glass. Add a dash of black food dye to change the hue from dark blue.
Fall For Me
For those of you who love giving thanks with your sweet peeps! Sharing sized
750 ml Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur
16 ounces of your favorite vodka
16 ounces 1% or skim milk
For those who dread spending time with aunt Petunia and her nine cats. This recipe switches the Offensive Line positions for those who prefer to shake up a rigid version. Sharing sized.
750 ml of your favorite vodka
16 ounces Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur
16 ounces 1% or skim milk
With either recipe, pour ingredients into a pitcher capable of handling icy temps. Chill this concoction in your freezer for an hour before serving or in your fridge up to two days ahead [Mama says pay attention to the use by date on your milk!] Count your blessings, stir well, and serve in your favorite martini glass.
I can fill an entire article about rimmers, but every player on my fictional football team will assume I’m talking about enhancing a love scene—not a cocktail glass. Feel free to post questions about cocktails, giving your glass a rim job like a pro or let me know if you happen to try my recipe(s). Cheers!
C.R. Grissom lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with her husband, two sons and her dog. She works full-time, writes as much as possible about hot football players and the ladies they love while obsessing about new cocktail recipes in her spare time. Tweet or send a pic of your bar cupboard contents for recipe ideas on Twitter or Instagram @CRGrissomBooks