Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Guest Blogger: Susan Lyons on...Martinis or Chardonnay?

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When Patti kindly invited me to blog here, I asked if she had a topic in mind. She said, “Do whatever you like - you can even blog about martinis.” Well, okay then!

What’s your favorite drink, and what does that say about you?

I recently, in an email to a reader, mentioned that I was writing to her from an airport bar, where I was having a glass of white wine. She told me I needed to find a new drink - white wine was for old ladies.

I was also told that the Awesome Foursome (the 4 20-something heroines in my 4-book series, Champagne Rules, Hot in Here, Touch Me and She’s on Top), needed their own martini. They get together each week for dinner and drinks, and consume everything from beer to girly drinks to - you got it - chardonnay. They’re young, fun and like trying different things. But yes, of course they needed their own martini. My bad, for not having realized that.

You’ll be happy to know, they do now have their martini, and it’s called Birth of Venus and is turquoise, gorgeous, and yummy. I ran a martini contest and with the assistance of a crew of tasters, picked the winner and two runners-up. You can check out the recipes and see tasting photos on my website (http://www.susanlyons.ca/articles/awesome_martinis.htm).

And just so you know, I don’t confine my own drinking to white wine. I like fruity martinis, Kahlua and milk, Alize passionfruit liqueur, gin and tonic on a hot summery day, sangria, red wine and so on. I’m not so much a tequila or beer fan, though I can be persuaded.

What I’m thinking about today is, what does our choice in drinks say about us? As a writer, that’s an important question, because I have to decide what drink each character is going to order - and a reader is going to form a certain impression, based on that choice. A twenty-something girl whose favorite drink is Bristol Cream sherry is different than the one who chooses single malt Scotch, and both are different than the girl who goes for a butterscotch martini. When a writer picks a signature drink for a character, she’s conveying a lot of information about that person.

And then there’s situational drinking. What about the young career woman who loves fruity martinis but, when out drinking with the men from work, chooses beer or Scotch so she’ll better fit in? When her boyfriend takes her to meet his straightlaced English mom, she’ll probably force down that glass of Bristol Cream sherry too, just to make a good impression.

How about you? Do you have a favorite drink? What do you think it says about you? And do you sometimes change your drink order, so you’ll fit in or impress someone? Or do you cheerfully order whatever you like, whenever you like, and not care what people think?


The third book in the Awesome Foursome series (following the award-winning CHAMPAGNE RULES and HOT IN HERE), TOUCH ME is Ann's story. Lawyer Ann Montgomery is stressed out and in constant pain. Greek god masseur Adonis Stefanakis can provide relief - and much more. In his skilled hands, she learns to unleash her sensual side. But it's an attraction of opposites. Career-driven Ann will never change her priorities. Will she? Or will she and Adonis learn, together, that touch isn't just about our bodies, it's about our hearts?

Romantic Times raved about "the three quirky, opinion-filled friends, one hot massage therapist (with a touch for the tantric) and the heroine's laugh-out-loud inner monologues. Lyons creates page after sensual page of unique touch, taste and locale with some "hot monkey sex" thrown in. Look to be turned on from start to finish."

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Lucinda Betts said...

One of my heroines drinks atomic fireball martinis! Whatever impression that gives you, it's right! For myself, Glen Fiddich. Or a classic martini, very dry. Although, I had an atomic fireball martini and it was delicious.

Susan Lyons said...

What the heck is in an atomic fireball, Lucinda? I'd love to try one. Or at least I think I would!

Lee McKenzie said...

As one of Susan's "official" martini tasters, I can officially say that martinis are not my thing ;)

I do enjoy a glass of good red wine, though, especially merlot or shiraz.

I'm not a fan of watery lagers and Pilsners, but there are some fabulous microbrews out there. My favorite is double chocolate porter. Seriously! Chocolate beer. Rich tasting and delicious.

I'm not fond of most mixed drinks, but I recently had fun experimenting with gin gimlets. The heroine in my first book gets a little tipsy on them! I even posted a recipe and some fun gimlet trivia on my website.

Fun topic, Susan!


PS: I hope this doesn't end up being posted twice. Blogger is not playig nice this morning.

Anonymous said...

hi susan. love the covers.

kim h

Anonymous said...

Susan: Looking forward to the new book! Sounds HOT, HOT, HOT. Love the cover also! My favorite drink is an amaretto sour with a strawberry daquri following a close second.

Susan Lyons said...

Come on, folks, don't just tempt and tease me. Post recipes!

(And yes, please do buy Touch Me. It lives up to the cover, I promise.)

Cathy M said...

I like fruity martini's too, light on the booze and heavy on the sweet. My latest favorite is a Lemon Drop-

Lemon Drop Martini

1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Ice cubes
Superfine sugar for dipping
Twisted peel of lemon

Mix the vodka, Triple Sec, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice; shake well (supposedly the cocktail is to be shaken 40 times to make sure the sugar is well blended). Pour strained liquor into sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon.

NOTE: To create a sugar-rimmed glass, take a lemon wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist. Dip the edge of the glass into sugar.

Susan Lyons said...

Excellent, Cathy. Sounds great.

Patti said...

I love frozen daiquiris (sp?)

I take frozen limeade concentrate and rum and some powdered sugar and blend in the blender to dissolve the sugar. Then add ice cubes in the blender until the ice cubes are no longer lumpy and it's the right frozen consistency and enjoy.

The rum and limeade ratio depends on how strong (or not!) I want it.

Jodi said...

I don't drink anymore, but when I did, I loved margaritas, daquiris, and Madori Sours.

Liz Fielding said...

As an English "mom", although probably not of the strait-laced variety, I have to tell you that my daughter and I share a taste for the finest drink ever invented, the long gin and tonic. :)