I’m going to a meeting today to see about getting together some kind of book fair or workshop or authors’/readers’ doings in this area. I’ve been involved in a few of those in the past, but it’s been years and years. It sounds like a blast.

Gearing up for New Year’s. I haven’t decided what I’m going to take to the inevitable parties. One will be at Mom’s with snacky stuff and this wonderful drink she mixes just on New Year’s Eve. She calls it a King Alphonse, but it isn’t a King Alphonse, it’s an Alexandra Cocktail.

Here is the Culinary Chronicle I wrote about it for Worldwide Recipes (see blogroll for link) on January 7, 2008:

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For years, one of our New Year’s Eve traditions has been for my mother to make a cocktail she was told was a “King Alphonse”. Now I find that what we’ve really been drinking is an Alexandra: equal measures of coffee liqueur (Kahlua or Tia Maria), cocoa cream liqueur (creme de cacao), white rum, whipping cream and chipped ice, whirled in a blender until it froths, and served in a highball glass. The drink was possibly named for Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), daughter of the King of Denmark, married to England’s King Edward VII. She was very popular, and a variety of foods were named after her, so why not this? I couldn’t find when this cocktail was invented, but a lot of American cocktails were developed during Prohibition, to cover the taste of bootleg liquor. The very first cocktail–meaning a short mixed drink containing at least one form of hard liquor–has been traced to Mesopotamia about 5,000 years ago. It was a mixture of wine, beer, apple juice and honey. I’ll drink to that!


On New Year’s Day, we go to Charlie’s sister’s house for pork, black-eyed peas, cabbage and cornbread, traditional New Year’s Day fare around here. It’s good to have just plain food, after all the rich stuff of the holiday season.


Writing prompt: Obvious–What does your character do on New Year’s Eve/Day? What do several of them to–bad guy, good guy, child?