The Perils of Punch: For Writers Who Don’t Cook
Tomorrow the East Coast launch of novel Cobalt Blue and of The Crazy Ladies Book Tour with sister novelist Carrie Knowles. My assignment is to bring to the bookstore (Quail Ridge in Raleigh, NC) a vat of cobalt blue punch.
Probably a vat will not be needed, since it's going to look like Windex.
Yesterday I spent more than an hour in the juice and beverage and water aisles of Target trying to figure out something that would look dark blue and taste okay. I posted a question on Facebook asking for recipes. I made phone calls from the store. I obsessed!
There was a drink called Mountain Dew Voltage that punches up the energy levels to seemingly frightening intensity. But having grown up in a retailing family, I know it's not ethical to drug the customers.
It took two stores and many consults and finally I have settled on something that no one recommended. A blend of blue Gatorade, Fresca, white grape juice, and blue food coloring. In nearly equal amounts. Will likely patent it.
I know it's going to be a hit. Wish me well. And come if you can. It's at 3 pm Sunday, April 28, Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh. With Carrie Knowles, author of the newly released Lillian's Garden. She's bringing home-made oatmeal cookies. Her main character bakes.