Mrs. Poe Drink Recipes

Developed in celebration of the new novel Mrs. Poe. Drinks created by bookseller and mixologist Nick Petrulakis of Books Inc, Alameda, California. Join him on his blogs and

Two Punches

Mrs. Poe’s Punch

  • 2 cups apple juice, chilled
  • Juice of 8 lemons(1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Fresh mint
  • 1 or 2 bottles of champagne, chilled
  • 1 bag frozen raspberries
  1. Lightly muddle mint leaves with apple juice and sugar.
  2. Add lemon juice and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Refrigerate until it’s time to talk about Mrs. Poe, then pour all into punch bowl.
  4. Add champagne to taste.
  5. Add frozen raspberries.
  6. Garnish with mint sprigs.

Ladle and enjoy.

Mr. Poe’s Punch

  • 2 oz. Demerara sugar
  • The peel of one lemon – easiest to use a vegetable peeler. Try to get the longest strips possible with as little of the pith as you can manage.
  • 1½ quarts boiling water –what the Irish call screeching hot.
  • 1 bottle Bushmills 10-year-old Single MaltWhiskey – or, a little less dear, Powers Irish Whiskey will do.
  • 3 oz. lemon juice
  • Large block of ice
  1. Muddle lemon peel and sugar in a mixing bowl. Letstand for one hour. Muddle again.
  2. Add about 8 oz. of the boiling water to the bowl and stir well.
  3. Add all thewhiskey and then the remaining water. Allow the punch to cool.
  4. Strain,removing the lemon peel, and refrigerate in a sealed container.
  5. When it’s time to talk about Mrs. Poe, add the cold whiskey punch to a punch bowl. Stir in lemon juice. Add block of ice.

For the ice, a pretty ice ring can be made using a gelatin mold.
(Lemon peel or flowers may be added to the water to tart up the ice ring.)


“Mrs. Poe”

  • 1½ oz. Hendrick’s Gin
  • ¼ oz. St. Germain
  • 1 barspoon Benedictine
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • Twist of lemon