Covers & Cocktails Giveaway: Into the Sunset

This week, the SBTB crew is at RT in Atlanta. We definitely hope to see some of you there! But because of the travel, I made this delicious drink the week before when I was still in Boston and let me tell you, it was the perfect balm for the overcast, rainy weather we’d been having lately. Fingers crossed for sunny skies when I return. I need a tan on these gams.

Part of my goal for Covers & Cocktails is to try new drinks and new genres. I read a lot of contemporary and erotica, but I also know it’s important to push reading boundaries from time to time. My boundary pushing this week is in the shape of a heartbreaking, angst-filled historical western romance called The Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda Broday. So in reality…it’s a minor boundary push with the setting, but not so much with all the angst because mama like.

I will say that the book needs a trigger warning.

List of potential triggers ahoy
The heroine had a child out of rape and the hero’s philandering pregnant wife was murdered (by her angry lover) on their wedding day. This all happens within the first few pages so it’s not a spoiler to reveal it.

Because of the circumstances inside the spoiler, Houston (the hero) is pretty wrecked until his father comes to him in need of help. Help translates into agreeing to a marriage of convenience with a single parent heroine. It’s sad and sweet, and it’s one of those romances where you desperately need a happy ending for the hero and heroine. Which is why the name of this drink is called Into the Sunset. Can’t you picture it? A tall, dappled horse and a couple silhouetted against the sun.

I used SoCo (Southern Comfort) because the book is set in Texas and, to mimic the feel and look of a sunset, I wanted some orange coloring and flavors. There’s a sharpness to it from the SoCo that I really love because, admittedly, when I think of historical westerns, I assume it’s going to be way too sweet for my liking. But this one wasn’t. There was more than enough grit to keep me going!

Also, we have a giveaway! The kickass team from Sourcebooks Casablanca is offering up three (3) copies for some lucky winners!

Ingredients for an Into the Sunset - seltzer in orange flavor, southern comfort grenadine and grand marnier

Shopping list:
Southern Comfort
Grand Marnier
Orange seltzer
Grenadine
Maraschino cherries (optional)

Proportions:
2 oz Southern Comfort
1 oz Grand Marnier
3 oz orange seltzer
1/2 oz grenadine

Directions:

  1. In a shaker full of ice, combine SoCo and Grand Marnier.
  2. Pour into a glass with ice.
  3. Top with seltzer and grenadine.
  4. Garnish liberally with cherries!

Modifications and notes:

  • This drink is a bit boozy with the added Grand Marnier, but you can also substitute for another orange liqueur if there’s one you prefer.
  • I enjoy the bubbles from the seltzer and the orange flavor is pretty light. If you want a heavier citrus flavor, try orange juice.
  • Not into cherries or want more variety in your fruit? Orange slices might also be a great addition.

A copy of The Heart of a Texas Cowboy next to a cocktail

Now it’s giveaway time! To enter, come up with a rough and tumble cowboy name. The hero’s name is Houston Legend, so you have some pretty stiff competition.

Standard disclaimers apply: We are not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Open to US residents where permitted by applicable law. Must be over 18 and at home on the range. Bring some rope for any cattle-rustling or…you know, some nighttime activities (*wink wink*). Don’t be fooled by a big Stetson or an even bigger belt buckle. Comments will close Sunday May 7, 2017 around noon EDT, and winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Happy drinking and good luck!

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