Characters & Cocktails: Mona McGregor from ‘What’s a Witch To Do?’

Jennifer Harlowe created this delicious cocktail for us based on her character Mona McGregor in her novel, What’s a Witch To Do?

When I was asked to come up with a cocktail for this blog in honor of my latest release, What’s A Witch To Do? I thought, “Oh, that’ll be easy.” I come from a long line of drinkers, though that gene sadly passed me by, so since I was a child I’ve been mixing martinis and many varieties of rum punches. I even took a bartending class in college. But when it came time to become a chef, not just a cook, I was at a loss. What drink would best represent my main character, Mona McGregor and the sleepy Southern town Goodnight she calls home? What would she drink after a long day of crossing items off her endless “To Do” list? Like mixing a good magic potion, mixing a drink is all about balance and finding the correct ingredients that compliment one another. Much like finding the right man, huh?

What I came up with is a variation on a Long Island Ice Tea that I’ll call, A Little Southern Witchcraft. One of the things to me that immediately brings to mind the good Ole’ South, besides painted porches and Spanish moss, is sweet tea. So I came up with a Long Island Ice Tea that could be transported to those painted porches. Here it is:

A Little Southern Witchcraft

½ oz Triple Sec

½ oz light rum

½ oz gin

½ oz Peach Absolt Vodka

½ oz peach schnapps

1 oz Sweet and Sour Mix

A dash of cola

1 tablespoon Karo syrup

Rim a Tom Collins glass with sugar, stir, and serve over ice.

Serves one

Happy drinking!

About What’s a Witch To Do?

Mona McGregor’s To Do List:

  • Make 20 13 potions/spells/charms
  • Put girls to bed
  • Help with Debbie’s wedding
  • Lose 30 pounds before bachelorette auction
  • Deal with the bleeding werewolf on doorstep
  • Find out who wants me dead
  • Prepare for supernatural summit
  • Have a nervous breakdown
  • Slay a damn demon
  • Fall in love

With her to-do lists growing longer each day, the last thing Mona McGregor—High Priestess and owner of the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia—needs is a bleeding werewolf at her front door. Between raising her two nieces and leading a large coven of witches, Mona barely has time for anything else. Not even Guy, the handsome doctor who’s taken an interest in her.

But now there’s Adam Blue, the sexy beta werewolf of the Eastern Pack who’s been badly hurt, warning Mona that someone wants her dead. Hell’s bells! A demon is stalking her, and Mona starts to suspect her coven members and even her own family could be responsible for it. With two attractive men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead.

.. . and who really wants her.

Genre: Paranormal Mystery/Romance

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About the Author

Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.

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