If you know anything about me it’s that I am ALWAYS looking for an excuse to eat or drink. It is safe to say that Ulysses Press has caught on to that fact because they offered me the chance to review “Mixology and Murder: Cocktails Inspired by Infamous Serial Killers, Cold Cases, Cults and Other Disturbing True Crime Stories” by Kierra Sondereker.
People have always been intrigued by true crime, and with the success of streaming documentaries and podcasts on the subject it is more popular than ever. “Mixology and Murder” features all the true crime happenings you would expect: Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos, O.J. Simpson, Jim Jones, and more. The cocktails are most of the staples you would expect in a cocktail book, except they have names to go with crimes, for example the “Check and Mate and Mule” which is a Moscow Mule renamed for the story of Alexander Pichushkin, a Russian serial killer who wanted to kill as many people as there were squares on a chessboard.
Obviously, it wouldn’t be a review if I didn’t try out a recipe, so welcome to “Big Mother Ship Brew!” Sondereker writes, “A coffee-flavored cocktail for the serial killer whose last meal was a cup of coffee. Aileen Wuornos also had some interesting last words: ‘I’ll be back like Independence Day, with Jesus. June 6, like the movie. Big mother ship and all, I’ll be back, I’ll be back.” Why this one? Well, I found the idea of coffee and tequila interesting, and I already had everything I needed for the recipe.
It tasted surprisingly good too. I think I still prefer rum in my coffee, but tequila was not as weird as I was anticipating.
“Mixology and Murder” does a decent job as an introduction to true crime AND cocktails. If you’re looking to dip your toe into the genre or hanging out with some buddies to bullshit about the latest true crime podcast, you’re listening to, “Mixology and Murder” is a great book for you.
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