EVENT: The SFR Brigade Summer Cafe Space Opera 2


Space Opera 2 - JULY 6-12

Since I'm doing an international giveaway for a paperback (MARKED BY LIGHT or GREENSHIFT) and an ebook (MARKED BY LIGHT or GREENSHIFT), I'm sharing a couple of cocktail-related excerpts from the ambasadora-verse and the recipes to go with them. The chance to enter the giveaway is at the bottom. Enjoy!


Mari slid her arm through David's. "Nothing a drunken coffee won't fix. Do you want one?"

Say no.

He'd had more than enough alcohol tonight. Another drink and his judgment might be impaired. That was one of the reasons he didn't take the stims she offered from the med suite.

"What kind of bourbon do you have?" he asked.

"Koley's Reserve. What else?" She winked.

"You're kidding." He let his skepticism show. "Do you know how difficult that is to get? It's only made in the Koley Mountains, and in very small batches."

Even as an Armadan captain, he sometimes had to wait months for a bottle and he'd given his last one to the dockmaster as a bribe.

She just smiled that big smile of hers. "I wouldn't kid an Armadan about bourbon."


Drunken Chai with Koley's Reserve

1. Brew a cup of chai tea.

2. Add a splash of milk or cream liquor.

3. Add a shot of bourbon.
(Preferably Koley's Reserve from the mountains on Yurai, but Woodford Reserve or your favorite bourbon will work in a pinch.)

4. Sweeten to taste.

5. Stir.



The guests' screams overpowered the rumbling quakes, localizing the chaos for the first time. Sean held onto the table's round edges with both hands.

"It’s tipping," Mari yelled. "The table is tipping!"

Neons spilled. Pointy leaf plates slid. Yogurt-covered scraps of fish tumbled. The lily pad table capsized.

The cool water sucked Sean down. He kicked for the surface and emerged into a world of panicked screams from the other sixty tables. Most floated on their sides, the long stabilizers protruding from the pool in all directions like huge green knives. Geir and Mari hung onto the table and helped Kenon get a handhold. David popped up beside Sean with a struggling Soli under his arm.

"Where's Sara?" Sean asked, ignoring the oily spills of yogurt and curry sauce sliding across the surface near his face.

"I don't know," David said.


Blue Neons

1. Combine 1 oz. of tequila with 1 oz. of curacao and 2 oz. grenadine.

2. Blend with ice and 2 oz. pineapple juice for 10 seconds.
(Preferably azure glowing ice from the glaciers of Tampa One, but regular ice will work. See step 5 if using regular ice.)

3. Sugar the rim of a tall glass.

4. Pour in the alcohol mixture.

5. Drop in a couple of glowing novelty ice cubes to get the true neon effect.


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  1. Ooohhh, I'd like a Blue Neon (or three or four) please!!

  2. Drunken chai would be fun!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)com


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