Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Fun and Fizzy "Alien" Drinks -Guest Author Ayla Ruse

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious! Today I'm happy to welcome back special guest Ayla Ruse, author of  Fever Hitch. Today she's here to share a recipe for fun sci-fi-themed drinks. Take it away again, Ayla!

Fun and Fizzy "Alien" Drinks!

Hi everyone, and thank you so much J. Rose for having me over. When I was writing this post, I wrestled and searched and experimented with many different recipes until I decided on something simple: beverages. 

I wanted to tie my recipe into my latest release from Changeling Press, Fever Hitch, and at first was stumped on what to do. See, the book is an erotic sci-fi involving aliens and a comic book convention. In truth, even though there is brief mention of food, there is not a lot of food-focus in the book and I couldn’t come up with a recipe that wasn’t, quite frankly, disgusting. 

So I pulled out my copy and re-read the book and it hit me: drinks. There are plenty of beverages sipped, passed around, ordered and consumed. However, I still ran across a bevy of disgusting “alien” concoctions when I went online. Determined, I toned down my verbage and came across a few that turned out to be simple, tasty and very interesting. Let me share a few I tried out (and for the record, besides the last one, I kinda made up my own names because I lost the originals—if there even are original names for these)…

Starry-Sweet Fizzy
Your favorite flavors of Kool-aid, prepared and frozen
Favorite lemon-lime soda, chilled

Pour your favorite lemon-lime soda in a clear glass and add a few cubes of the frozen kool-aid. Serve immediately
Not only will the colored cubes create color-changes in your drink, but it will add a little extra taste as well. 
Hint: use shaped ice cube trays if you have them. I have one that makes star-shaped ice cubes that worked perfectly here. 

The Melting Pot
Cotton Candy
Favorite clear, sparkling drink (some examples: Pierre, Champagne, Lemon-lime soda)

Overfill a clear glass with cotton candy. Do not “pack” it in. (See picture)
*Important* For best effect, make this drink before your guest or have the glasses already filled with cotton candy and have them make.
Pour your choice of drink into the glass and watch as the cotton candy disappears and fizzes. 
Have a small plate with cotton candy handy. It’s added fun to drop small pieces of the candy into the drink and watch it disappear into a small cloud inside the drink. 
Bonus: Sprinkle in a few Nerds candy into the bottom of the glass first. 

Hocus-Pocus Fizzy
This is one drink that is most associated with my story, because my heroine ends up drinking something exactly like this, but I’m afraid this is one recipe my pictures did not turn out right. Here’s the link where you can see what this delicious orange concoction looks like (http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2013/10/hocus-pocus-fizz-recipe-non-alcoholic-or-alcoholic.html). I don’t know about you, but it seems not only gorgeous, but pretty alien to me. 

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or 1/2 cup rum)
1/4 teaspoon Imitation Coconut Extract
3 drops red food coloring
2 drops yellow food coloring
1 bottle sparkling white grape juice (or sparkling white wine)
Cranberries (optional)
Nerds (optional)
Layered fruit snacks like Fruit Roll-Ups (optional)
2 tablespoons sugar
5 drops red food coloring
5 drops yellow food coloring

Rim Glass with Orange-Tinted Sugar: 
Place 2 tablespoons sugar in small re-sealable plastic bag. Add 5 drops red food color and 5 drops yellow food coloring. Seal bag. Knead sugar until the color is evenly distributed. Pour out onto shallow plate. Dip rim of beverage glass in water, then into Orange-tinted sugar to lightly coat.
To mix the drinks:
Mix pineapple juice, almond extract, coconut extract and food coloring in a small picture or large measuring cup.
For each drink, pour 2 ounces pineapple juice mixture into beverage glass. Top with 4 ounces sparkling white grape juice.
To top it off, drop cranberries into the glass to float on top. 
You can opt out of the cranberries and snip pieces of Fruit-Roll Up into the drink. If you do this option, try to make sure the colors are similar to the drink because the roll-up could distort the orange color of the drink. You can also rinse off the color on Nerds candy and add the pieces to the bottom of the drink. Finally, if orange is not to your taste, experiment with different colors of food coloring to come up with your own unique color. 
I hope you have fun exploring with alien drinks. I know I had a great time mixing and tasting and seeing what fun stuff I could come up with! Oh, and as for the book that inspired all the mixing, check this out: 

Fever Hitch (Earth Con)
By Ayla Ruse
Genre/Themes: Sci-fi Erotic Romance, ménage, novella

She'll be their perfect mate…if they can keep her satisfied
Felicia Walker loves her job as an illustrator at Fever Hitch Comics. During this year’s annual Earth Con, she will not only draw caricatures, but she’ll also be decked out in body paint to represent the F’ldae -- an alien species from the comics. As she starts off a night exploring the off-limits, alien side of the convention, Felicia is unprepared for the spiraling events that will make her behave like a true F’ldae…in full mating heat.

Agent Slate Reese, along with his best friend Agent Ryker Seals, are Metons who want to settle down, but they’re having a difficult time finding the female to complete their mating trio. An investigation lands in their laps that demands they attend the chaotic Earth Con, and Ryker sees this as an opportunity to release built up tension. With the vast assortment of alien species converging on this one area, surely there’s one female who wouldn’t mind spending a night with the both of them. 

Some say Earth Con is a once-in-a-lifetime event, but will this particular one be the last for this fated trio, or will it be the beginning of many yet to come?   

Pick up your copy of Fever Hitch today: 

Changeling Press
All Romance eBooks
Barnes and Noble
Cheers, and thanks again J Rose for having me out today~
~Ensnare yourself in love


  1. Thanks for having me over J Rose! Oh, and here's a link to kick-start the Fever. ;-) http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2257

    1. This was too fun! Thanks for stopping by to share your "alien" recipes!


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