Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In Between Days Blog Hop

For Liz Crowe's In Between Days Blog Hop, JoAnne Kenrick is too busy writing a new Irish Pub tale, so she asked me, Shaun Bell—proprietor of Bell's Irish Pub, featured in the 1NS book SWEET IRISH KISS—to stand in, so she has.

Heck, the written word is definitely not my strong point. But I'll tell ya what is...drinks! So how about I stick to what I know, and share a recipe for something to keep ya warm during these In Between Days?

Winter Irish Kiss, which is a HOT twist to my infamous Sweet Irish Kiss

  • Over the stove, heat enough milk to fill one coffee mug.
  • In a cup/mug, blend one teaspoon of Nescafe (decaf or caf) instant coffee with a small amount of cold water.
  • When your milk comes to a light boil, add in your coffee/water mix and turn the heat down to a simmer. Keep stirring until coffee and blended and milk is hot.
  • Do not let the milk hard boil.
  • Transfer your warm milk to your mug, filling it ¾ of the way.
  • Add one shot of Baileys and one shot of Mint Liqueur.
  • Top with whipped cream (either the stuff in a squirt can or hand whipped).
  • Grate a bar (how much is up to you) of Cabury's milk chocolate, and sprinkle on top of your concoction.

Curl up on a sofa, in front of a cozy fire, and enjoy.

Sandra, my barmaid, likes to drink one of these while enjoying one of her romance books, so I've been told.

And I've got a special recipe for Liz Crowe...I hear she's been hard at work and has three books out for release this month, all set in Turkey. That deserves a celebration. And what better to celebrate with, than with Champagne? And to keep the beer wench in Liz happy, I've added a twist to it, that I have.

Turkish Kiss

  • In a pint glass, or similar, add two shots of Rose Vodka.
  • Top with a stout, so half your glass is filled. I prefer to use Guinness. But I know Liz will probably have a preference being a craft beer genius.
  • Dip a spoon in your stout, so it sits against the inside of the glass.
  • Gently pour champagne over the spoon to fill the glass as desired. Using the spoon like that sends the last ingredient to the bottom of the glass. This creates a layered type effect.

Enjoy...and drink responsibly or I'll have to confiscate your car keys!

And if ya want more of my bar-tending excellence, and hear all about my smoking hot story sure to warm anyone up on these dark winter nights, then I suggest ya totally pick up JoAnne Kenrick's book...SWEET IRISH KISS

Sweet Irish Kiss

BLURB... Shaun Bell, a divorced workaholic, spends all his time tending bar in his Irish Pub. He's ready to love again, but the women who visit his bar are only after his infamous Irish cocktails. At the advice of his darts team over a tanker or two of Beamish, he applies to 1Night Stand to get back into the swing of things and enjoy the company of a woman specially selected for him by Madame Evangeline.
Rachel Taylor has issues. Her father broke her mother’s heart with his cheating and Rachel swore never to let that happen to her, but one ruined relationship after another and she’s realized she's got to get over being closed off to men. Perhaps a one-night stand is just the baby step she needs to begin to build trust again.
A match seemingly made in heaven...until morning rolls around and Shaun can't bring himself to say good-bye. Can he win her over with his secret weapon, a Sweet Irish Kiss, or is Rachel still too scared to love?

Sweet Irish Kiss is apart 's multi-author series based around Madame Evangeline's match-making skills. She has a, some might say magical, talent for putting the right two people together for just one night. When she does that, anything is possible. Especially when the dates take place at the fabulous Castillo Hotels and Resorts in some of the most exotic places in the world. And for my first addition to the series, I take you across the pond to a wee corner Irish pub in Soho, London and the exclusive Knightsbridge area.

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