Thursday, April 2, 2009

Libations with LBea and Lanyon


Today I've asked my sometimes DIK blogging partner, Josh Lanyon (from this point in red-- smexy!) to c'mon over to the island and pull up a hammock.

My...hic...pleasure, madame!

Careful with that tray, dear! Don't spill the Lagavulin!

Whoopsie!

It's nice to be back, thanks for having us both. Stay tuned for a give away and shameless book pimpage. But first:

Josh and I talk about booze.

Hey! We're on a tropical beach! It's a given.

I'm always intrigued by what folks order at the bar, and while I'm the last girl to ever order a Mojito (There are weeds floating in that thing.) I love to have fancy knick-knacks poking out of my coconut when I'm lying in a hammock. I also enjoy trying exciting new things like Pop Rocks Martinis. Don't judge me!

Push that tray just a leeedle...right. Ta.

But...do, actually. Because what we choose to drink can often reveal a little piece about who we are. Creature of habit? Sugar fiend? Pretentious a-hole? Wall flower with a secret wild side? When I met my fair Rosie, she was knocking back a G&T at the bar in San Fran and I knew right then and there that she was a gutsy broad who knew exactly what she wanted in life. Is that a stretch? OMG, do you know her? Anyway, I was smashed on iced house Pino Grigio. Does that mean I'm a cheap date with no understanding of wine?

You totally get da whine, my Sweetbea.

Now, my pal Josh, is partial to a delicious Italian Margarita now and again. heh. I think it's fair to say that he's festive with a sultry twist...and he can hold his liquor. Or not. (CAN YOU? Let's see!)

Recipe? Did someone ask for an Italian margie recipe? I sort of do it by sight and taste but the recipe I base it on is this one:

1 oz Amaretto
2 oz Sweet and Sour mix (I use regular margarita mix)
1/2 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier (can sub Triple Sec)

That's one drink! They're quite strong, but very good. You can rim the glass in sugar or salt -- which ever you prefer, and you can either pour the mix in the blender with ice -- or you can just do it over the rocks.

What's in your glass?

Ever notice what your fav characters are drinking? If they drink at all? Authors make deliberate choices, based on what they want to reveal about good guys, and bad guys. In Death of a Pirate King, Adrien ::come back here!:: has an on going experience over a certain beverage that eventually leads him to a bigger revelation. Everything he knows about this drink churns round and round in his mind. What he drinks, if he chooses to drink, who he's drinking with, and the fact that he shouldn't be engaging at all, are intrinsic to our understanding of both his character and the story itself.

I never noticed till I started putting the quiz together how...um...much my characters drink. Actually, kidding aside, alcoholism runs like a river through my family. So it's something I'm conscious of. Frankly, I love to drink, but I sort of have an addictive personality, so I keep an eye on myself. Two eyes if I've had a lot. Juuuust kidding.

Nah. I hear you on that. Same with me...I'm far more talk than action.



I'm not that kind of girl!

Remember the familiar regency scene where a young virginal ingenue has too much champagne at her come out and winds up in the clutches of the manipulative, horny hero? She was not that type of girl, was she? But with a bit of bubbly she can both blame the alcohol and regret her actions later (usually in the form of a hangover or a pregnancy) and still we get to see the major physical break through with the love interest. And what's great is that his reaction plays a part here as well. Does he save her? Does he take advantage of her? Is he amused? Angry? Does anyone reveal true feelings? It's device employed by the best and the worst.

And yes, I resort to the alcohol induced lovin' in Gobsmacked. Because, lets face it, this stuff really does happen in RL and sometimes, its the perfect opportunity for characters to get it on.

So what do they drink? What's the beverage of choice? And do you, fair readers, pay attention? I know that Adrien English, hut mate of mine, loves his TAB. Ew. But it tells me so much about his hope to stay trim, his love of soda, and the failure of his obviously underdeveloped taste buds.

It's an acquired taste. The absinthe of soft drinks.

And now...Mixology One-oh-One.

I spy something...wet.

For a copy of both The Dark Horse and The White Knight you'll need to match the hero to his missing beverage.

Heroes:

Adrien English
Jake Riordan
Sean Fairchild
Daniel Moran
Nathan Doyle
Will Brandt
Tim Martin
Gabriel Sandalini
Perry Foster
Christopher Holmes


The Concoctions:

hot cocoa
Boilermaker
Chocolate martini
Martini
Anything alcoholic
Pulque
Henley Skullfarquar
VAT 69
Sam Houston bourbon
Gin and tonic



Good luck, and even if you don't know, take a wee guess.

and remember: Read Responsibly!

64 comments:

Tracy said...

I'm a Cadillac Margarita on the rocks no salt kinda girl. (basically your Italian margarita w/o the Amaretto). I can't get enough. Yum.

If that's not an option I go for a Captain Morgan and coke. But have been known to push back a Sapporo while eating sushi with LB. What exactly do all these drinks say about me? IDK.

And I have no friggin clue what drink goes with each character! lol

liade said...

Adrien English - Henley Skullfarquar (though not exactly his favourite???)
Jake Riordan - (no idea, usually seems to drink either whiskey or Harp)
Sean Fairchild - (seems to like wine)
Daniel Moran - Martini
Nathan Doyle - VAT 69
Will Brandt - Sam Houston bourbon
Tim Martin - anything alcoholic
Gabriel Sandalini - Pulque
Perry Foster - Hot Chocolate
Christopher Holmes - no drink in the current excerpt on your website, except NO RED Wine

lisabea said...

Tracy~I know you like rhubarb soup. =) That was so disgusting! And I LIKE rhubarb.

liade~hehehe...stay tuned for the answers and thanks for playing. You did much better than I did and I had the answers in front of me.

Jenre said...

Interesting post LB and rather inebriated Josh! Apparently LB can hold her liquor better - is this after years of practice I wonder? *g*

I'm not taking part in the quiz cos I already own the books, but wanted to show my appreciation of your comic timing - marvellous, as always.

Tumperkin said...

I'm drinking a gin and tonic right now. Bombay Sapphire gin, schweppes tonic water, ice, lime.

Kin said...

Adrien English --> Henley Skullfarquar
Nathan Doyle --> VAT 69
Will Brandt --> Sam Houson bourbon
Gabriel Sandalini --> Pulque
Perry Foster --> hot cocoa
Jake Riordan --> anything alcoholic
Sean Fairchild --> gin and tonic
Daniel Moran --> martini
Tim Martin --> boilermaker
Christopher Holmes (I have no idea who this even is) --> chocolate martini

So I pretty much guessed on half of them... :)

lisabea said...

Jenre~It's always fun to blog with friends. Although that quiz is fricken hard!

Thanks for showing your love.

Tumperkin~::clink:: That sounds lovely. Enjoy yourself and...don't let Mr. Tumperkin take advantage of you!

Kin~ Hee hee..he's a sneaky one, isn't he? Thanks for playing! Good luck!

Kin said...

If I ever looked at a name and thought, "Who the hell is this?!" then he's the one.

Josh Lanyon said...

Hey, Tracy. I do like margaritas in all their variety. In fact, sometimes nothing will do but the original.

Josh Lanyon said...

Hey Liade. Not bad. And Very good point about the no red wine for Christopher. *g*

Josh Lanyon said...

Hey, Jenre. It's really just jet lag -- from flying to the island. *g*

sula said...

oh man, now I am craving a G&T...and I have to go to class in like 30 minutes. *sob*

LB, you just get funnier (if that's possible) when you're tipsy. Happy memories of all of us shouting over the chaotic noise in the lobby bar in SF. lol.

Great post, both of you. :)

Josh Lanyon said...

You can't go wrong with G&T. One of my favorite summer beverages. I'm partial to the Bombay Sapphire, myself.

Josh Lanyon said...

Not bad for guessing, Kin. Pretty good in fact.

Josh Lanyon said...

Hey there, Sula. I have heard many many legends of Lisabea in action. Did no one think to bring a camera?

sula said...

It may surprise you, but our miz bea is quite a shy violet. LOL. When it comes to cameras anyway. If only we had photographed more of our visit to the Castro...there were some interesting moments to be had. But, um...my lips are sealed. ;)

Ally Blue said...

Heh, 'fraid I did not get past the part about rimming the glass.
**snicker**

Josh and LisaBea, y'all are awesome. I would love to go drinking with you some time :D

Lea said...

Adrien English Chocolate martini

Jake Riordan Gin and tonic

Sean Fairchild Boilermaker

Daniel Moran Sam Houston bourbon

Nathan Doyle Henley Skullfarquar

Will Brandt Pulque

Tim Martin VAT 69

Gabriel Sandalini Anything alcoholic

Perry Foster hot cocoa

Christopher Holmes Martini

I don't know who any of these guys are (I'm very old), and no clue what most of the drinks are so I did this best guess thing... lol

Fun post!
Best Regards
L

lisabea said...

Sula~Well, photos of that kind gentleman showing us various products in that shop. *g* I'm far less interesting to look at than a shelf full of..er... equipment.

Ally~Heh heh heh. I knew it was only a matter of time 'til we discussed rimming the glass.

Leah~Thanks for playing, though! I'm very intrigued by the chocolate martini. I need to try one of those.

Josh~Legend of lisabea? Nah. I'm just a housewife from Connecticut.

Kin said...

Josh~

To be honest, I've actually read most of those -- the guessing came into play because I never paid very much attention to their drinks, not being much of a drinker myself. ;)

jessewave said...

Josh ~
I'm like Ally. "Rimming" the glass got me.

Don't throw my name in the hat because I have the books but I would like you to make me a few drinks which would help as I do my taxes.

I always thought you could hold your drinks Josh. Wrong again. :)

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Give me a martini with Grey Goose and I am a happy woman indeed. And of course some penis straws for a garnish.

Josh Lanyon said...

Hey, Lea, thanks for playing along. You know, that was a fascinating experiment picturing some of those guys regarding some of those drinks! *g*

Very fun. And you got Perry right, by the way (so that's a freebie to everyone).

Josh Lanyon said...

Rhubarb soup? Seriously? Tracy?

Josh Lanyon said...

Ally, I saw that and thought...you've been writing these books too long, son.

Josh Lanyon said...

Josh~Legend of lisabea? Nah. I'm just a housewife from Connecticut.

That, my dear, is what they ALL say.

Josh Lanyon said...

And of course some penis straws for a garnish.

Are those the most frightening thing you ever saw in your life? Impaled...no. I can't look.

Josh Lanyon said...

Don't throw my name in the hat because I have the books but I would like you to make me a few drinks which would help as I do my taxes.

I know, I know. The tax lady called today to ask why I hadn't set up an appointment.

Emilie said...

I'm just having fun with this...some I guessed on, some I looked up.

Adrien English - DOAPK: tries a Henley Skullfarquar, not his usual. Drinks from other books include a Hot Brandy Flip (ADT), absinthe (THYS), whiskey (ADT), red wine (FS), and Italian margaritas (his interview).

Jake Riordan: Bass ale (DOAPK), other books: brandy, whiskey.

Sean Fairchild: blueberry vodka martinis, uses Pernod for cooking.

Daniel Moran: Chardonnay, martinis.

Nathan Doyle: Lord Calvert whiskey, "a nip" from Fred Williams' flask for breakfast, a drink at the High Hat for lunch, Four Roses, has Teacher's blended Scotch whiskey at home, highballs at the Biltmore, and VAT 69.

Will Brandt: Sam Houston bourbon.

Tim Martin: guessing -- anything alcoholic.

Gabriel Sandalini: guessing -- pulque.

Perry Foster: hot cocoa.

Christopher Holmes: guessing -- chocolate martini.

lisabea said...

Emilie! Hehehhehee. Jolly good show! Sew Close!

OMG I love that you looked them up! I looked at my cheat sheet.

Josh~The Secret Lives of the Wives of Connecticut.

KB~I think that we need those straws for RWA. Although I am NOT going to be the first to use one. They do look owie.

Jessewave~I was being so polite by not pointing it out, but I couldn't help but think...rimming with sugar? O'rly.

Kin~He purposely put in a guesser!

Anonymous said...

ah ha! right post, now...
why do women seldom drink in romances (while stressed, for pleasure, when tired or relaxing) while men do it all the time? for all of the above reasons?
-kkm

JenB said...

*sigh* I don't drink. I feel so left out. Seriously...maybe one or two drinks a year. Usually a June Bug, which tastes like gummy bears.

My real beverage of choice is hot tea. I know...exciting. Somebody hold me back.

Bridget Locke said...

Pfft...like I know. I don't drink anything alcoholic at all. Pure virgin here! *snicker*

Um, so yeah, in a scene in my book my heroine is drinking, but I still have no idea what it is. Anyone want to help me with that? :D

meraehl said...

Well this gave me a good excuse to flip through the books again. *g* Actually this is kinda difficult, since most of them drink a variety of stuff, and I'm not sure whether this is meant to be matching the character up with their favourite drink, or just the one most associated with them. Oh well, my guesses:

Adrien English - Henley Skullfarquar
Jake Riordan - Boilermaker (though I was tempted to put chocolate martini for him, since he likes chocolate so much. heh.)
Sean Fairchild - Gin and tonic
Daniel Moran - Martini
Nathan Doyle - VAT 69
Will Brandt - Sam Houston bourbon
Tim Martin - Anything alcoholic
Gabriel Sandalini - Pulque
Perry Foster - Hot cocoa
Christopher Holmes - Chocolate martini

Renee said...

Late to the party, but I'm still going to try to play! Long work day and tax prep, make Renee a tired girl.

BTW, amaretto sours would have been my drink of choice, so that italian margie is lookin' good!

Adrien English - Henley Skullfarquar (I would have guessed Tab if non-alcoholic drinks had been on the list!)
Jake Riordan - Boilermaker
Sean Fairchild - VAT 69
Daniel Moran - Sam Houston bourbon
Nathan Doyle - Gin and tonic
Will Brandt - Martini
Tim Martin - Chocolate martini
Gabriel Sandalini - Pulque
Perry Foster - hot cocoa
Christopher Holmes

I haven't read all the books, so most were guesses.

I'm looking forward to the JL Collected Novellas and Happy Ending coming out soon! :-)

Glad to see you both at the island.

OK, back to adding up receipts!

Sarah said...

I am so WT at the moment, my drink of choice is Vodka and Red Bull. Cheap date. Srsly and bouncy...

thelastaerie said...

Oh my... I thought Jake Riordan usually drinks beer! Or the scotch in Adrien's place?

mmmm...

Adrien English: Henley Skullfarquar (but he didn't finish it and it's for the case!)
Jake Riordan: I thought he drinks beer, so I have to go Boilermaker.
Sean Fairchild: chocolate martini?
Daniel Moran: martini
Nathan Doyle: VAT69
Will Brandt: Sam Houston Bourbon
Tim Martin: anything alcoholic (he's the one with the "problem", right?)
Gabriel Sandalini - Pulque (this is a easier one)
Perry Foster: Hot Cocoa (this is easy)
Christopher Holmes: Gin and Tonic?

lbgregg said...

kkm~I think women drink more in contemporary rom/com. I'm thinking about books like Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me or maybe a Katie MacAlister...hm...it's a good question!


JenB~My real drink of choice is hazelnut coffee. Lots of skim milk, no sugar. =)

Bridget~That's a tough one, we need more info! If she's never had anything to drink before, maybe she sees what someone else is ordering (like a Pop Rocks Martini!!) and she orders that? It depends on the situation and what you want to tell us about her. If she's at a party, maybe it's spiked punch and she has no idea how much she's drinking. Losing track of your alcohol intake is a very scary thing, but it happens when you're having something that appears innocent (Long Island Iced Tea ...o...m...g...).

lbgregg said...

Meraehl~Josh made it difficult, yes! Hehehe. He's going to have to check these answers very closely because you all are doing a great job!

Renee~I've never had an Amaretto Sour. Hm...It sounds like it'll make my mouth pucker. Lip smacking good? Great job, btw, and thanks for the pimpage on your blog. =)

Sarah~Vodka and Red Bull. Hm. Sounds sweet and exciting. Although, you know, never in my life have I had a Red Bull!

thelastaerie~ Nice to see you on the island. I'll have to confer with the boss to see how you did!

liade said...

BTW, I had a lot of fun trying to answer the quiz, but don't put my name into the Borsalino/Fedora/Trilby or whatever type that hat is *g*, as I already have both books.

Tracy said...

Ok in my defense I never even tried the friggin Rhubarb soup. Who would? ewwww! Oh wait, Lisabea did! And I sat there eyeballing it like it was going to come alive. I think it might have at one point. it was hard to tell.

And yes, Lb that dinner was pretty gross.

Ok - I love rhubarb pie but other than that? not so much.

thelsstaerie said...

A friend of mine introduced this drink which he called "cumshot" to me... It's coconut milk with vodka... Err.. I think it will go well with your penis straw!

Josh Lanyon said...

So I think what I'll do is...if you already have the books, you can have me send a copy to someone else -- you can gift them with it.

Or...you can pick another title.

Assuming anyone has it totally right. I see that I did maybe make it harder than I needed to. *g*

The chocolate martini...no one in any of the books actually drinks it...it never made it into the final draft. So for that one it would be whoever that sounds most like.

Yeesh. I know.

Josh Lanyon said...

Emilie, I'm so freaking impressed by the homework that you get a copy regardless. Or can have one sent somewhere.

Josh Lanyon said...

ah ha! right post, now...
why do women seldom drink in romances (while stressed, for pleasure, when tired or relaxing) while men do it all the time? for all of the above reasons?


I think there are still double standards, absolutely. Do we think worse of a woman who can't hold her liquor? I think so. Not that it's right...just that it is.

Josh Lanyon said...

My real beverage of choice is hot tea. I know...exciting. Somebody hold me back.

I was pretty horrified by the gummy bear drink, but tea seems perfectly respectable. I drink a lot of tea. Though not socially.

Not UNsocially, either.

Josh Lanyon said...

Um, so yeah, in a scene in my book my heroine is drinking, but I still have no idea what it is. Anyone want to help me with that? :D

Bridget, Bridget, Bridget. Your character's choice of beverage should be as carefully chosen as what she likes to wear or where she lives. So what's she like? What does she have to drink at all, actually? Maybe it says more about her if she doesn't drink.

Josh Lanyon said...

Nice, Meraehl. Very close.

Josh Lanyon said...

I am so WT at the moment, my drink of choice is Vodka and Red Bull. Cheap date. Srsly and bouncy...

What the heck is WT?

Wery Tired? Cause that would be the right bev for it.

liade said...

I think there are still double standards, absolutely. Do we think worse of a woman who can't hold her liquor? I think so. Not that it's right...just that it is.

Actually as far as I can see women who CAN hold their drink don't fare much better. Snookered whichever way...

Josh Lanyon said...

Oh Renee, I feel for you. I do. Just thinking of doing my taxes makes me want to reach for a bottle.

Possible a baby bottle. *g*

Josh Lanyon said...

Oh my... I thought Jake Riordan usually drinks beer! Or the scotch in Adrien's place?

mmmm...


Look at you! Bam, bam, bam.

Josh Lanyon said...

A friend of mine introduced this drink which he called "cumshot" to me... It's coconut milk with vodka... Err.. I think it will go well with your penis straw!

So from now on thelsstaerie is in charge of home decorating. *g*

Josh Lanyon said...

I'm with you, Tracy. I'd be watching the rhubarb consumption with skeptical admiration.

I've had pumpkin soup and...beet soup. The pumpkin was good. The beet...well, that's a tough veggie to sell.

Carolyn Jean said...

This is a really hard quiz!!! Can I just cut and paste somebody's answers from above?

lbgregg said...

CJ~It's a temptation, I won't lie...and he didn't actually make any rules.

Josh~Pumpkin soup is actually one of my all time favorite soups. But Rhubarb soup is right down on the bottom next to peanut soup. ::shudder::

Emilie said...

Josh: "Emilie, I'm so freaking impressed by the homework that you get a copy regardless. Or can have one sent somewhere."

Sweet. :) I don't have The White Knight, or the ones where I put down "guessing." I'm tempted to say, "Surprise me." Good wishes to the other players. :) I'll send an e-mail.

Josh Lanyon said...

So the winner was thelastaerie. Well played! So you can have me send a copy of the books wherever or to whomever you like.

And just for playing along, I tossed in the names of the rest of you who played along so generously, and let the SO do the blind pick. Lea and Kin, you can each pick a story and I'll send it along, just email me.

lisabea said...

YAY!

Thanks everyone for playing, and thanks Josh Lanyon. Congrats on the new release!

Josh Lanyon said...

My pleasure, Lisabea! I always have a great time on da island.

Bridget Locke said...

This is what I get for responding and then disappearing. She's not a drinker, but after some REALLY stressful news, she goes on a bender. I'm thinking something that'd get a normal person drunk pretty quick. She's a shifter though, so higher metabolism.

I'm a drink 'tard. I've never had an alcoholic beverage. I know, I'm so weird. LOL!

thelastaerie said...

Woohee!! I think The White Knight will make a great gift!

But are you going to reveal all the correct answer? I want to know who was supposed to drink the Chocolate Martini.

Thanks Lbea and Josh - it's been fun :)

liade said...

But are you going to reveal all the correct answer? I want to know who was supposed to drink the Chocolate Martini.

Not to mention that Boilermaker...

lbgregg said...

It's in the new post! With a fine piece of nekkid, for added enjoyment.

=)

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