The Santa Claus Shot by Allyson K. Abbott

Yield: 1 serving

½ ounce grenadine
½ ounce green crème de menthe
½ ounce peppermint schnapps

Pour the grenadine into a two-ounce shot glass. Next, add the green crème de menthe by pouring it in slowly over the back of a spoon so that it creates its own layer in the shot glass. Then add the peppermint schnapps in the same way. The end result will taste like a candy cane and will have three pretty layers of red, green, and clear liquid. Serve at once.


For Mack and her barfly allies, solving homicides calls for equal parts instinct and wit. To strain out a crafty criminal, the mixture has got to be absolutely perfect . . .

It’s a week before Christmas, but Milwaukee bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is hardly in good spirits. Chilled to the core by the murder of bouncer Gary Gunderson, Mack is determined to use her extra perceptive senses to identify the gunman responsible. Did Gary’s patchy past brew up some fatal trouble, or could his death be linked to a series of cryptic letters concocted by Mack’s anonymous adversary? With a second case to crack, innocent lives at stake, and a media frenzy in their midst, Mack and her barstool detectives have little time to mull over the grim details–especially when clues lead dangerously close to home . . .

Includes drink recipes

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