Autumn color and a chill in the air across the northern hemisphere means it’s fall—and time for those nutty, spicy cocktails. They’re always warm going down.
Gillian, the main character in my romantic suspense, Becker Circle, is an accountant by day and bartender at night. She remembers regulars’ names by their cocktails just like her memory trick she uses to recall accounting rules. Here are two simple and tasty cocktail recipes Gillian would serve her regulars when there’s a chill in the air.
Steph-‘n-Spice (on right in photo)
1 ½ oz vodka
2 ½ oz pumpkin spice cream liqueur
Shake with ice. Pour into a martini glass. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Alternative: Skip shaking and pour over ice in a lowball glass and top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Nutty Nicki (on left in photo)
2 oz hazelnut liqueur
1 ½ oz vodka
2 oz half-and-half
Shake with ice. Pour in a martini glass. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. If you love sweetness, dip glass rims in a little hazelnut liqueur. Mix a couple of teaspoons of sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Dip the edge of each glass into the mixture to coat the glass edges.
There are other liqueurs to pull you into the season. Experiment with these mixed with vodka, bourbon, half-and-half, or on their own—over ice or neat.
Cheers to cocktails, novels, & Halloween!
My first and only boyfriend believed I was too gutless to leave. He was dead wrong. My name’s Gillian, and I graduated Harvard early and left his hot temper and everyone else behind for Dallas. Determined to make it on my own, I land a second job bartending at the neighborhood pub smack in drama central where most every jerk in the neighborhood hits on me—at a huge price.
A week into the job, the neighborhood’s very popular drug dealer falls to his death a few feet from the table I’m serving. The cops say suicide, but the hot guitar player in the house band and I suspect foul play, and I intend to prove it. We dig deeper, grow closer, and make a shocking discovery. We know the murderer.
Addison Brae lives in Dallas, Texas on the edge of downtown. As a child, she was constantly in trouble for hiding under the bed to read when she was supposed to be napping. She has been writing since childhood starting with diaries, letters and short stories. She continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant. When she’s not writing, Addison spends her time traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. She’s still addicted to reading and enjoys jogging in her neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy. Addison Brae is the author of Becker Circle, a romantic suspense. Learn more about Addison on her LoveRR page or her website. Connect with Addison on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.