Monday, July 21

Literary Libations: The Pink Lion

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Chilled drinks and hot summer days go together like storm clouds and rain. Loosely based on the White Lion Cocktail, I made my drink with ingrediants I already had lion around the house...

For my drink I used 2 parts white rum (Bacardi is my rum of choice, but use whatever you have in your pantry), 1/5 part triple sec, 1 part lime juice, 1/5 part raspberry syrup, and 2 tsp fin white sugar. Then I threw everything into a shaker with ice, shook until cold, and strained into a glass filled with frozen berries, add a straw, and you're done!

Last week I had just started reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a pen name for J.K. Rowling) and gave you a quick summary. Now that I'm most of the way through the book I thought I'd tell you what I think of the story so far.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

Unlike many mystery novels, Cormoran Strike novels keep you guessing the whole time, but don't seem so far fetched that you wonder how the heck the detective could even parse the evidence together. There are so many possible suspects, all with decent motives, not to mention surprise twists as new evidence comes to light and new characters step from the shadows. The mystery in and of itself is a wonderful reason to read The Silkworm.

The mystery revolves around an author, Owen Quine, who has suddenly disappeared. He does this frequently, traipsing off with his mistress, so no one is overly concerned at first. Eventually Owen's wife, Leonora, hire Strike to find her husband and bring him home to help support their handicapped daughter, Orlando. When it turns out Owen isn't at a writers conference or his mistress's house people start to become a little concerned, but it isn't until Strike finds Owen's brutally mutilated body in his abandoned second house that the family and the literary world begins to realize all of Owen's past.

Just before his death Owen had finished a new manuscript, Bombyx Mori, which insulted pretty much everyone he new, including big wigs at his publishing firm. The police are blaming Leonora, saying she had motive and opportunity, but they have yet to find enough evidence to arrest her. Strike doesn't believe Leonora could be behind the murder and is racing against the clock to find evidence against someone else.

Beyond the case, Strike and his beautiful assistant, Robin, continue to develop their relationships from the first novel, The Cuckoo's Calling. This gives the book many layers of interest and development. The characters feel real and relatable. Even if I knew who the murderer is (which I don't, yet) I would keep reading just to see where Robin and Strike's lives take them.


  1. Omg perfect for my girls get together these weekends thanks for sharing giving it a try.

  2. I want to try!!!!! :) :P

  3. This looks DIVINE. It's like a million degrees in KC this week, so I could go for a few of these! :)


  4. I'm willing to try it

  5. Ohhh this looks so refreshing and the perfect summery drink, can you moot the alcohol, if so, how? Thanks for sharing your opinion on my last post...Hope your week is going well.

    1. Unfortunately, as with a lot of more complicated cocktails, you can't simply take out the alcohol. For something that tastes similar I would try using 2 parts soda water, 1/5 part fresh squeezed orange juice (I don't think anything from concentrate would work), 1 part lime juice, 1/5 part raspberry syrup, and 2 tsp fin white sugar. Throw everything into a shaker with ice, shake until cold, and strain into a glass filled with frozen berries. I think that would get you pretty close.

  6. Lauren, I'll take TWO of these! HAHAHA Looks so pretty and delicious.

  7. Mmmm, sounds delicious, just perfect for the warmer weather and so pretty! x