August is waning, but I’m still thinking about relaxing–how we do it, and how our characters do it. Wickeds, at the end of a long day, or at the conclusion of a case, is it time for tea, whiskey (or wine), or water to help you revive?
Jessie: Great question, Julie! Lately, I have been really enjoying a couple of different relaxing bevearages. I do love a treat! In the afternoons, throughout the summer, I have been making espresso tonics. I simply adore the snappy taste and the refreshing bubbles! I also splurged on a new bubbly water maker that will inject fizz into any sort of beverage that is not pulp-filled. Bubbled mint iced tea is a favorite now in the evenings! And I am always up for celebrating life’s successes with a glass of champagne! Not surprisingly, my characters end up enjoying bubbly beverages too. In the case of Beryl and Edwina, they tend towards gin fizzes!
Sherry: Jessie, you got me hooked on bubbly, flavored water years ago. I’ve been thinking about buying a bubbly water maker but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Like Jessie, I love a sparkling wine. My daughter works at a winery and they have a fabulous Blanc de Noir. Chloe loves the happy drinks that Joaquin makes her which usually include some kind of fruit and a paper umbrella. Sarah tends to drink wine.
Edith/Maddie: I love that when the Wickeds (used to) go out, Sherry always orders prosecco! Bubbly is good, especially for celebrating. I am partial to a spot of bourbon in the evenings – oddly enough, so is Robbie Jordan, although hers is always Four Roses from over the border in Kentucky. Mac Almeida loves a nice glass of wine, and of course Rose Carroll sticks to tea.
Barb: Julia drinks at Crowley’s, Busman’s Harbor’s noisiest. most touristy bar, where she orders the house red or white, or occasionally, a local beer. As to coffee and tea, she drinks at her mother’s kitchen table, across the street at the Snuggles Inn, where the china cups, painted with pink roses, are painfully small, and in her favorite place, Gus’s restaurant. Lately, she’s been sitting alone at the end of the counter.
Julie: The Garden Squad eats at the Star a lot, and Ernie is always in charge of ordering the wine and appetizers for the table. Roddy waits to see what they are eating before he commits to a drink. In WREATHING HAVOC they celebrate Thanksgiving, and Tamara’s son tops off Lilly’s wine glass with a different white, but she doesn’t care. They are all coffee drinkers, but when they need support or restoration, Lilly makes tea. As for myself–I love flavored water these days. I’m doing my best to drink more H2O, and a squeeze of lemon or line, or even cucumber, really helps.
Readers, what is your restorative or relaxing beverage of choice?