Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine Cocktails with Linda Robertson Author of The Persephone Alcmedi Series

Valentine Cocktails anyone?

Are you ready for the affection-fest? Some people regard Valentine’s Day as a pseudo holiday, but not me. It’s about being snuggly with your lover…and chocolate!

And I’ve got some affection for you, dear readers! I posted the prologue and six chapters FREE from the as-yet-untitled book seven in the Persephone Alcmedi series.

But first…

The three main characters in the series have come up with three easy-to-make drinks that would be perfect for you and your Valentine!


Persephone Alcmedi is a witch named for the goddess Persephone—we all know the Greek myth about her being abducted by Hades and eating six pomegranate seeds, right? Considering what a Valentine cocktail for her should consist of, my first thought went to PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur.

PAMA Mojito

1 ounce PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 ounce white rum
½ ounce lime juice
Splash of Club Soda
2 Tablespoons Simple Syrup
Mint leaves

DIRECTIONS: Muddle 2 Tablespoons of simple syrup and 6-12 mint leaves. Fill glass with ice and add PAMA, rum and lime juice. Top with a splash of club soda.

Hard rockin’ wærewolf Johnny always drinks his usual shot of Laphroaig. But he would fix Persephone something more delicate.

Persephone’s Valentine

1 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. Crème de Cacao
1 oz. Razzmatazz
2-3 oz. milk or half & half

DIRECTIONS: Pour over ice and shake, or use blender. Garnish with a trip of fresh raspberries.

Winter may be waning but February nights in Cleveland are still quite brisk and cozying up with your lover is the best way to keep warm. If sexy vampire Menessos was making a drink for his Valentine it would combine chocolate with his trademark cinnamon and the light sweetness of marshmallow:

Bloody Good Hot Chocolate for Adults (serves 6; about 6 ½  oz. each)

4 cups milk (or 3 cups milk + 1 cup half and half)
¼ cup granulated sugar
10 ounces chocolate
2 teaspoons red food color
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 oz. Hot Damn Cinnamon schnapps (more or less to suit your taste)
4 oz. Torani Marshmallow flavored syrup

**Wet the rim of the glass and ring it with red sugar sprinkles, then garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

DIRECTIONS: Simmer milk and sugar in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove pan from heat. Add chocolate and stir with a whisk until melted. Add food color, vanilla, Kahlua and syrup. Garnish.

So, fix up a drink and snuggle in to read! 

Check out the free chapters of book seven

It’s available at my personal blog, named for Wolfsbane & Absinthe, the witchy shop Persephone frequents.

I’ll be hanging out here at Fangtastic Books all day. 

When you’re done reading, come back and ask me some questions about the series or about writing, tell me what YOUR valentine drink of choice is, or, tell me what you think of the FREE chapters and gimme your idea for a title!

About the Author:

Linda Roberston is the author of the Persephone Alcmedi series from Pocket Books. In addition to writing, she is a single mother of four boys (two still at home), tends bar part-time at a VFW, rocks out on one of her many electric guitars, and occasionally her band plays a gig.

Find Linda at her Website  Facebook


Roxanne Rhoads said...

I love raspberry and chocolate so my favorite cocktail is a raspberry chocolate martini- I use raspberry vodka and white chocolate liquer (I have both white and regular chocolate depending on my mood).

I mix with a dash of raspberry syrup and put shaved chocolate on top (again either white or dark chocolate depending on what I'm in the mood for)

It's so delicious

Roxanne Rhoads said...

Persephone’s Valentine sounds like it would be something I would enjoy a lot!

Linda Robertson said...

I am not so fond of vodka--or rather it isn't so fond of me--but your raspberry chocolate martini sounds yummy!! Persephone's Valentine is very tasty. I can vouch for it. :) Thanks for having me on your awesome blog today!!!!!!