Drink Recipe Ep 004

Drink recipe: Boozy PSL

Since we met most of our Critique Partners through NaNoWriMo-related events, which is in November, we’ve made a fall-themed cocktail in summer… an iced Pumpkin Spice Latte.

  • 1.5 oz spiced rum
  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur 
  • 2.5 oz pumpkin spice syrup/puree
    • 1 c sugar
    • 1 c water
    • 1 c canned pumpkin puree (not the kind with spices, just pure pumpkin)
    • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
      • Heat all in saucepan until it blends together, let cool, strain to remove any bigger pumpkin pieces. Bottle and keep in refrigerator.
  • 3 oz milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Nutmeg (freshly grated for garnish)
  1. Pour all except whipped cream over ice in highball or rocks glass
  2. Stir well
  3. Top with whipped cream
  4. Grate a little nutmeg on top

Drink Recipes: Ep 003

Faerie Debauchery:

The first drink for this episode relates to the sultry fae party scene read during the episode:

For Drink: 

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 oz chocolate liqueur
  • ¾ oz caramel syrup (the clear-ish kind you get for coffee, like Torani)
  • 1.5 oz milk
  • Hershey’s dark chocolate syrup (optional for garnish)
  • If not making salt foam, you’ll need a table salt/smoked salt mix for rim
    (depending on how strong your smoked salt is, cut it with table salt until it tastes good to your palate)

For salt foam (optional):

Mix all in blender until it forms a foam (an immersion blender is better, but will work in a regular blender or Magic-Bullet type machine too)

  1. Stir together vodka, chocolate liqueur, caramel syrup, and milk in a mixing glass with ice and stir well
  2. If not using the salt foam, rim a coupe or martini glass with the smoked salt/table salt mix.
  3. Strain the mixing glass into coupe glass (only straining to remove the ice).
  4. If using foam, top with the salt foam.

Ice and Vines

This drink relates to the second excerpt shared during this episode, and reflects the ice-covered vines mentioned:

  • 2 oz UV blue vodka
  • 1.5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1-1.5 cup of ice (to preference depending on how thick you want your drink)
  • Granulated sugar (for rim)
  • Mint sprig (optional for garnish)
  1. Muddle mint and simple syrup together, strain through a fine strainer to remove leaves and add the strained syrup to the blender. Discard leaves.
  2. Add vodka, lime, and ice to blender, blend well.
  3. Rim a glass with granulated sugar and pour into the glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
    (Drink pictured was topped with cream to represent snow).

Drink Recipe Ep 002

Writer’s Tears Old-Fashioned

For our episode on the classic writing advice “Show Don’t Tell”, we chose a classic cocktail and gave it a writerly twist.

  • 2.5oz bourbon or whiskey (we used Writer’s Tears Irish Whiskey)
  • 1.5 tsp brown sugar simple syrup
  • Dash angostura bitters
  • Orange peel
  • Luxardo cherry (for garnish)
  1. Mix syrup and bitters well in a rocks glass
  2. Add a large ice cube
  3. Add whiskey
  4. Stir well
  5. Spritz an orange peel over the top and drop peel into glass 
  6. Garnish with a luxardo cherry

Drink Recipe Ep 001

Too Many Adverbs

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • ½ oz Elderflower
  • ½ oz Lime
  • ¾ oz Lemon
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • Splash of Seltzer

Shake all except seltzer in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a highball glass over ice and top with seltzer.

The above drink tastes fine, but you could get a similar, stronger flavor by paring down a few ingredients and choosing stronger ones:

Adverbs Revised:
  • 2.5oz gin
  • 1.5oz lemon
  • 1 oz honey syrup 
    (This adds more flavor than simple syrup and some light floral notes in one ingredient, so it replaces the elderflower and the simple syrup)
  • Top with Club Soda 
    (This has a little more character than seltzer, so is also like using a stronger word)

Shake all except seltzer in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a highball glass over ice and top with seltzer.

Onward and Upward!

A quick behind-the-scenes update:

We’re continuing to make technical improvements to our podcast, including some new audio equipment that should improve our recording quality.

We’re also learning a bit more about how to best optimize the software we use for recording and for editing. Things have certainly gotten a lot more complicated than the days back when Avery was making anime music videos! 😀

We’d also like to keep an open conversation with our listeners. If you have any feedback, requests, or questions for us, please use our contact form to let us know!

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Hi! Just popping in with a quick update. We’ve had to postpone a couple of recent episodes for a few curveballs life threw our way. Everyone’s ok, just some poorly-timed hiccups.

This week we’re back on schedule though, and will be discussing the postponed topic of First Person Present Tense on September 3rd! The podcast version will go live on the following Monday as usual, too.

Thank you all for watching and listening and sticking with us! We appreciate you all so much, and keep an eye out for some fun new things planned for the podcast on the horizon in October (after we both tie up some writing deadlines in September).

We have a Discord server!

Want to connect with other writers and join the “…and it’s writing” community? Come hang out with us on our Discord server!

On the server, you can:

  • Meet and rub (virtual) elbows with other writers!
  • Suggest episode topics!
  • Submit a question for upcoming episodes!
  • Provide feedback that helps us improve the show!
  • Share your own drink recipes (or photos if you make one of our recipes)!
  • Chat about what you’re reading!
  • Get sneak peeks about upcoming episodes!

We hope to see you there!

Exciting Upgrades on the Horizon!

Avery here! Today, I will receive some new hardware that should improve our video and audio quality quite a bit. It will allow me to use my much more robust desktop computer for our livestreams and recording, instead of my admittedly somewhat-low-end laptop.

With a better computer, I’ll also be able to run some audio filters for noise reduction and sound clarity.

This means Episode 3 will be crisper, clearer, and sound even better.

We’re really grateful to have you along as we grow, and let us know via our Contact Form if there’s any other feedback you have to help us improve.

You can also use the form to submit episode topic requests. Is there some aspect of writing craft or the writer’s journey you’d like to see us dissect? Let us know and we just might feature it in future episode!

Minor Technical Difficulties

We are aware of some minor technical issues with our second livestream: There are a few spots where the video/audio sync slips in the video version, and a couple of very brief audio crackles during the podcast audio version.

We know what caused the issues and have ordered some new equipment for Episode 3 that should eliminate the issues.

Thank you so much for sticking with us as we settle in and keep improving!


From Avery:

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a podcast addict, especially writing ones. There are a slew of great podcasts out there with helpful writing craft tips, info on the business side of being an author, and interviews. But among these, I found myself craving something irreverent, a little silly, but still informative.

In the true-crime genre, there’s an entire subcategory of “let’s have a drink and discuss a topic” podcasts, and I wondered what it would be like to do that with writing. At the same time this idea was simmering, I was organizing old computer files and unearthed some ancient drafts. I found myself laughing at some of the early mistakes and teenage cringe of my old writing. Then I wondered what it might be like to try revising some of that work now that I’ve been studying craft for years, and with the two ideas combined, a podcast was born.

When I shared the concept idea with D.C., they were on-board. I knew D.C.’s keen eye for revision would be invaluable, and that we get along well to produce a podcast together that’s casual and fun and silly and perhaps a little sweary.

We hope you’ll join us! Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two, but you’ll certainly share some laughs along the way.