5 Books & Their Cozy Fall Drinks

The Good Son by Jaquelyn Mitchard & Apple Cider Cocktail

“Rich and complex, The Good Son is a compelling novel about the aftermath of a crime in a small, close-knit community.”—Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard comes the gripping, emotionally charged novel of a mother who must help her son after he is convicted of a devastating crime.

What do you do when the person you love best becomes unrecognizable to you? For Thea Demetriou, the answer is both simple and agonizing: you keep loving him somehow.

What better pairing to a rich and complex novel than a spicy and complex apple cider cocktail. Enjoy responsibly! And, of course, remove the bourbon for an equally delicious mocktail.

INGREDIENTS

  •  3 ounces apple cider
  •  2 ounces bourbon
  •  1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  •  2 ounces ginger beer or ginger ale
  •  apple slice, thyme sprig and cinnamon stick for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add cider, bourbon and lemon juice. Shake for 30 seconds and strain into ice-filled rocks glass.
  2. Top off with ginger ale or ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with apple slice, cinnamon stick and thyme sprig.

Source: Easy Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail {VIDEO} – TidyMom®

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica & Hot Chocolate

New York Times Bestseller

“Dark and twisty, with white-knuckle tension and jaw-dropping surprises.” —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark

In this smart and chilling thriller, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

People don’t just disappear without a trace…

What’s more comforting than a mug full of warm, chocolatey goodness? The answer is nothing! So grab a copy of Local Woman Missing and embrace the comforting, because you’re going to need it for this thrilling read!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup half-and-half cream

Instructions

  1. Combine sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan. Add boiling water and whisk until smooth. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.
  2. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla.
  3. Divide cocoa between 4 mugs. Add cream to each mug to cool cocoa to drinking temperature.

Source: Creamy Hot Cocoa Recipe | Allrecipes

Dinner For One by Sutanya Dacres & White Wine

From podcast host Sutanya Dacres comes Dinner for One, an unforgettable memoir of how she rebuilt her life after her American-in-Paris fairy tale shattered, starting with cooking dinner for herself in her Montmartre kitchen,

If you’re looking for good food and good wine, look no further than Dinner For One. It has all those things and more! Of course, there’s no recipe needed for a refreshing glass of white wine, but here are some mouth-watering pairings that may come in handy! Enjoy responsibly.

Pair Sauvignon Blanc with Goat Cheese Salad

Sauvignon Blanc is bright, herbaceous, and citrusy. It is a perfect white wine pairing for herbs and almost any big green salad you can imagine. Goat cheese is a classic Sauvignon Blanc wine pairing.

Other matches for this white wine include raw or lightly cooked seafood, lemon-herb chicken, or asparagus quiche. Consider trying these foods with the Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc.

Pair Sauvignon Blanc with Goat Cheese Salad

Sauvignon Blanc is bright, herbaceous, and citrusy. It is a perfect white wine pairing for herbs and almost any big green salad you can imagine. Goat cheese is a classic Sauvignon Blanc wine pairing.

Other matches for this white wine include raw or lightly cooked seafood, lemon-herb chicken, or asparagus quiche. Consider trying these foods with the Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc.

Pair Sauvignon Blanc with Goat Cheese Salad

Sauvignon Blanc is bright, herbaceous, and citrusy. It is a perfect white wine pairing for herbs and almost any big green salad you can imagine. Goat cheese is a classic Sauvignon Blanc wine pairing.

Other matches for this white wine include raw or lightly cooked seafood, lemon-herb chicken, or asparagus quiche. Consider trying these foods with the Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc.

Pair White Bordeaux with Pea Pesto Pasta

Young white Bordeaux wines are fruity, floral, and perfect for light dishes like pesto pasta. The wine isn’t so acidic that it will clash with the slightly bitter vegetable flavors, and the aromatic basil is a great complement to the floral wine.  

Other matches for this wine include garlic Parmesan halibut, grilled chicken with lime, or lean roast pork.

Pair White Bordeaux with Pea Pesto Pasta

Young white Bordeaux wines are fruity, floral, and perfect for light dishes like pesto pasta. The wine isn’t so acidic that it will clash with the slightly bitter vegetable flavors, and the aromatic basil is a great complement to the floral wine.  

Other matches for this wine include garlic Parmesan halibut, grilled chicken with lime, or lean roast pork.

Source: 6 White Wine Food Pairings You’ll Crave | TheWineBuyingGuide.com

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais & Pumpkin Pie Latte

“Bianca Marais is a genius”— Ann Patchett#1 New York Times bestselling author

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby—one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years—will surely be their salvation.

What’s the first thing you think of when we say witches? Pumpkins? Correct! There’s nothing more fall aesthetic than a pumpkin patch so we knew we had to pair this witchy read with a delicious pumpkin pie latte. Did we mention that The Witches of Moonshyne Manor is considered The Golden Girls meets Practical Magic? Need we say more?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup hot brewed espresso
  • Optional: Whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice and ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, pumpkin and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until steaming. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and pie spice. Transfer to a blender; cover and process for 15 seconds or until foamy.
  2. Pour into 2 mugs; add espresso. Garnish with whipped cream and spices if desired.

Source: Pumpkin Pie Latte Recipe: How to Make It (tasteofhome.com)

Good Husbands by Cate Ray & Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

Three wives, one letter, and an explosive secret that will change everything.

He said, she said. Who do you believe?

Jessica, Stephanie and Priyanka are complete strangers, but they have one thing in common: they’ve each received a letter accusing their husbands of committing a sexual assault more than two decades prior. Is the accusation true or is there more to the story? It was a secret that remained buried for years.

The amount of chills you will receive from reading this domestic suspense novel will require the warming deliciousness of mulled wine. The warm and aromatic drink will comfort you as you follow these three women navigate their new nightmares.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle fruity, medium-bodied red wine (such as inexpensive Chilean merlot or Argentinian malbec)
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 2cm fresh ginger
  • 1 large juicy orange, sliced
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp good-quality brandy

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, slowly warm the wine, cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger and orange.
  2. As the mixture heats up, add the caster sugar and  brandy, stir, then taste.
    Add more sugar and/or more brandy, if you like.
  3. Continue to heat until warmed through, but don’t let the mixture boil or the mull will spoil. Ladle (avoiding the whole spices) into heatproof glass tumblers, then hand around while the wine is steaming hot. Make a fresh batch if you need more, rather than reheating any leftovers over 20 minutes old, as the flavors will taste stewed and overly spiced.

Source: Christmas mulled wine recipe | delicious. magazine (deliciousmagazine.co.uk)

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