How to Throw a Soulless High Tea Part 1: Inebriatory Beverages

Alexia Ball
So my book launch party occurs next Saturday, Gentle Reader. It's a Victorian High Tea at World Fantasy on Halloween night (you see my reasoning?). Since that is mostly what is occupying my thoughts these days, you get the dubious pleasure of electronically watching the madness.

1. First on the agenda: select staff. In my case this involved calling in the big guns: my proxi Armenian lover (a professional bartender) and a brewmaster of my acquaintance. Doesn't hurt that both of them are very easy on the eyes.
2. Negotiate with said bartender over the acceptability of plastic glasses. No he cannot actually light anything on fire.
3. Come up with a list of drinks - well, you know, aside from tea.
4. Insist on Baileys, Advocate, Sheridan's, and Amaretto - because they are the only things I can think of that taste good in tea.
5. Come up with the following Soulless booze menu:
  • Red Coat - gin + cranberry
  • Silver Bullet - gin + tonic + tripplesec
  • Wooden Stake - rum + orange + cranberry
  • Ivy's Hat - blue c + grenadine + white rum + soda + lime + maraschino cherry
  • Pink Slurp - blood (Blackberry Cordial) & champagne
  • Deadly Parasol - gin + rum + grenadine + cranberry + tiny parasol
Rest briefly on laurels, or should that be, float briefly on fumes?

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Your Tisane of Smart:
High risk biscuit peril study causes British government to recognize threat inherent in cookies!
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Publisher-Dating Dictionary

CAKE in Space: Back from agent, but now I don't have time for it.
SF Revu reviews! "Soulless is a wonderful quirky mix of Victorian Era etiquette, steampunk, urban fantasy, mystery, and romance." & "Personally, I loved the voice of this novel."
SPOILER ALERT! Amazon has posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives bits of Soulless away so don't read if you haven't read the first book!
Blameless: Now back with many edits & freaking me out.

Quote of the Day:
"The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity."
~ Author Unknown


  1. Daaaarling! That sounds like a divine menu of cocktails!

    And the Deadly Parasol is probably all that and more after the third glass. Do keep us informed on how the drinks (and the yummy help) are received.

  2. Finally got my copy of Soulless! I loved it extremely http://jeanlittlelibrary.blogspot.com/2009/10/soulless-by-gail-carriger.html and I'm going to bug our adult svcs librarian to buy it - if she won't, I'm going to get it under the guise of "of interest to teens". So yummy!

  3. i'll go for the pink slurp. now what tasty treats are on the appetizer list???