First Draught is on Spring Break in March

RWA 2015 PartyOkay, we’re not actually sitting on a beach somewhere together (but how fun would that be!). However, we are taking tiny little rest in March and will be back in April with all the awesome things!

Speaking of which, if you have any suggestions for upcoming show topics, just drop them in the comments below. We’d love to know what you’re curious about these days.

See you in April!

Cheers,

Alexis, Julia, & Mary Chris

PS – Here’s a fun spring break cocktail (or 10) to tide you over until April’s drink of the month!

 

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Drink of the Month (February): Gimlet

We’re talking book launches on the show this month. Not how to launch a book, but how to survive your book launch. Survive your book launch, you ask? Isn’t it the happiest day ever? Your words in the world! People buying them! Everyone congratulating you!

And yes, it is all those wonderful things, truly it is.

But there’s also a lot of vulnerability in putting a thing out there and saying “Hey, stranger– I made this, you should spend your time and money on it,” or “Hello, I love this, but you might hate it and if so, you’ll probably tell me.” Also, while I’m being really honest, it doesn’t always (ever?) turn out quite like the dream in your head from a sales perspective. You might not hit all the lists.

So how do you manage all that and still celebrate your HUGE accomplishment? One big thing we’ll chat about is making sure you do something, even just a little something, special on launch day. It does’t have to be big, or flashy– just something you wouldn’t ordinarily do, that feels like a little party.

Which is where this month’s drink comes in. The Gimlet is a bit more work that pouring yourself a bourbon on the rocks, and it’s best served in a pretty glass, but it’s easy enough to make from things you probably have around. Perfect for a little celebration anytime. Here’s a nice, simple recipe (note the pretty glass– very important!).

Click here to RSVP for tomorrow’s show, and get a little reminder to tune in live. Cheers!

Drink of the Month (December): Cranberry Kir Royale

I’m so excited about this month’s drink! It was featured in the Food Network Magazine that landed in my mailbox way back in October and I’ve been anxiously waiting to share it. Cranberry is a flavor I strongly associate with both Thanksgiving and Christmas and adding champagne (or sparkling wine) to anything makes it instantly festive. Clearly then, in my opinion, the Cranberry Kir Royale is the perfect holiday drink.

It’s what I’ll be sipping on next Tuesday (December 1, 2015) at 8:30pm EST when First Draught gets together to chat about our favorite holiday food traditions and the role food often plays in the stories we write. We are thrilled to welcome special guest, Elisabeth Lane of the popular blog Cooking Up Romance— who knows a thing or two (or 50) about food and fiction.

IMG_2211You can RSVP here to get a reminder about Tuesday’s show. If you’re not able to join us live, you’ll be able to watch the YouTube replay or catch our podcast anytime (while sipping your Cranberry Kir Royale, of course).