The Ghost Train to New Orleans Contest!

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In Ghost Train to New Orleans (Out March 4!) I have our hero, Zoe, going to a coterie-run bar and getting a “Captain Spaulding.” It has gin and (possibly) demon blood. That’s all I said about it.

Then I thought, what if people could try to make their own Captain Spauldings? So I’m doing a drink contest- send me a recipe at mightymur at Ideally it can include gin and something red, but you can get more creative if you like.

I’ll be doing videos this month*, doing taste tests of these drinks. I’ll have a couple of prize packs** available for the best ones. So send in your recipes and I’ll get mixing!

* I hope next weekend at Boskone to do some taste tests with other authors, fans, etc. Find me at the bar if you’re feeling adventurous!
** I have copies of Shambling Guide, Ghost Train, and more necklaces from Surly Amy to give away!

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8 Responses to The Ghost Train to New Orleans Contest!

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  2. C.G. Gray says:

    Good morning! I’m here at Howard Taylor’s (of Schlock Mercenary) prompting.

    THE (great?) CAPTAIN SPAULDING: a drink

    poured in in a small,very uted cordial glass

    One shot of New Amsterdam gin whisaphirSprst been shaken over ice.
    ring the rim quickly with grenadine so that it bleeds slowly down the sides. Careful here: you can easily use way too much.
    bullseye the very center of the drink with one small drop of Tobasco.

    alternate gins: Geneva. Maybe Blue Sapphire as this will look stunning, but may not play well with the other ingredients.

    enjoy by sipping. If you take too long with this, both theTabasco and the Grenadine will have combined at the bottom in a bomb that is hard to enjoy -or maybe that was the Captain’s intent all along.



  3. Andy Konecny says:

    My take on a Captain Spauldings
    in a tall glass with rocks
    a shot of Gin, a couple shots of cranberry juice(or more if a lighter cocktail version is all that is handy), top off with tonic water and stir lightly. Try not to gulp down as my wife started doing after her first tried it and then had to stop herself from doing.

    • C.G. Gray says:

      very nice! garnish that with a lime and it’s ready for primetime!

      • Andy Konecny says:

        ymm is our response to the thought of the lime garnish, so we will be doing so occasionally when we have those in stock. And inspired from your recipe, we’re going to have to get our selves some Grenadine for the rim to complete the picture.

        Who knew that reading could ‘drive’ one to drink ;)

  4. Lucy says:

    Wow. Those blow my Gin & Siracha idea out of the water.

    Though I still think you should taste-test Gin & Siracha.

  5. David says:

    Who says that demon blood is red?

    2 oz. Gin
    ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice*
    ½ oz. Maraschino Liqueur
    ¼ oz. Creme de Violette

    1. Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker.
    2. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    3. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry

  6. Rob says:

    Inspired by a summertime favourite, full of Caribbean goodness, and with some French influences.


    Highball glass
    Swizzle stick
    3 cl / 6 tsp / 1 oz Gin
    1 cl / 2 tsp / ⅓ oz Cointreau
    1 cl / 2 tsp / ⅓ oz Banana liqueur
    1 cl / 2 tsp / ⅓ oz Grenadine
    Pulp free blood orange juice

    Fill half a highball glass with ice. Add gin, Cointreau, banana liqueur, grenadine, and fill the glass up with blood orange juice. Put the swizzle stick in, and gently stir the drink.

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -

    For a stronger drink:
    – Add 1 cl / 2 tsp / ⅓ oz more gin.

    For a less sweet drink:
    – Replace the banana liqueur with equal parts Cointreau and grenadine.

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