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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.


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  • robertjulianbraxton
    April 27, 2013 at 10:31 am Reply

    Cobalt Blue main character rocks!

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:43 am Reply

      And so she shall have white grape juice “rocks” in the celebratory punch. Thanks, Bob.

  • April 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Somehow I knew you would come up with something fun!  Wish I could join you:)  Have a lovely day.

  • April 29, 2013 at 6:00 am Reply

     We'll be out sailing on Sunday, but will try to remember to toast you from the beautiful Cobalt Blue water of Pamlico Sound!!  Punch sounds awesome!!

    • April 29, 2013 at 8:32 am Reply

      The punch was actually surprisingly good. Not that I ever mean to make it again. Looked like toilet bowl cleaner.

  • April 29, 2013 at 6:01 am Reply

    Oops, well, we already missed it.  Well, we enjoyed sailing, anyway!  I heard it was a wonderful time from a friend!!

    • April 29, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

      I hope it wasn’t rainy there like it was here, Beth.

      And we’re reading again at the Cary Barnes & Noble this Thursday night, 7 p.m.

  • April 29, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply

    I hate that I missed the debut of the CLBT!  I was coming down the mountain (and coming down from a mountain high) through the rain and fog from Wildacres.  I heard it was a screaming success, the first of many I hope.

    • April 29, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

      Thanks, Mamie. I hope Wildacres was good.

      Carrie and I will be reading at the Cary Barnes & Noble this Thursday night at 7, if you’re around and looking for entertainment.

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:19 am Reply

    I was thinking you could serve a perhaps more conventionally hued punch in a big blue bowl, or in blue glasses, or with blue napkins?

    • May 8, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

      That’s a great idea. Much more tasteful. Thanks. I have a lot of blue Gatorade left over. I could offer an autographed bottle of blue Gatorade to anyone buying more than a dozen copies of Cobalt Blue.

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