LASR Anniversary: S.M. Schmitz

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This post is part of Long and Short Review’s 9th Anniversary Celebration. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for a chance to win a $100 gift card or other prizes.

A South Louisiana Summer
Readers familiar with my work know that I set many of my scenes in my home state, and if you’ve read Resurrected, then Dietrich has already described for you the misery that is summertime in Louisiana.

So how do we beat the unbearably hot and humid weather as well as the mosquito plagues?

Well, I stay in the air conditioning and write books, but that may not work for everyone. For those who prefer a little more interaction with other people, try this New Orleans’ cocktail, mentioned in The Immortals.

Vieux Carré (French Quarter)

1 ounce rye whiskey
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 teaspoon Bénédictine liqueur
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Mix all ingredients and stir well. Pour over ice to serve.

Sounds like a potent drink, doesn’t it? Now: you can search the history of the Vieux Carré cocktail and you’ll find a story about its invention in the 1930s by a New Orleans bartender, but I have a different suspicion about its real reason for being created. All of that alcohol is intended to make people forget how hot and miserable our summers are down here.

Like Dietrich says, aside from the heat and humidity, Louisiana summers are known for two things: massive mosquitoes and the potential for devastating storms. The Hurricane is probably New Orleans’ most famous drink, and if you get a chance to visit, stop by Pat O’Brien’s for their legendary cocktail. The name of this popular drink comes from the iconic shape of the glass in which it’s served, which resembles the shape of a hurricane lamp – oil lamps that every south Louisiana household used to have for those potentially catastrophic summertime storms.

Can’t make it to New Orleans? I’ll bring The Hurricane to you.


2 ounces light rum
2 ounces dark rum
2 ounces passion fruit juice
1 ounce orange juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1 tablespoon grenadine
Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Mix all liquid ingredients in a shaker then strain into a hurricane glass with ice. Garnish with orange and cherry.

You’ll notice that neither cocktail has vodka in it. If you’ve read Resurrected, you’ll understand why Dietrich wouldn’t let me offer readers any recipes with vodka in them. He’s such a baby sometimes.

Enjoy the rest of your summer with one of these Louisiana inspired cocktails and a good book. Happy reading!

rsz_101_shadows-of-the-gods-2As a powerful demigod, Selena has been running from the gods who control the government agency, the New Pantheon, for the past three years, but now, they’ve caught up to her.

When they trap Selena in an alleyway in New Orleans, she is ready to admit defeat. But an unfamiliar demigod rescues her, and the more she learns about Cameron, the more she discovers their common bonds may be the key to unraveling her own mysterious history.

In the first book of The Unbreakable Sword series, Selena and Cameron must not only evade the New Pantheon, which is ruthlessly hunting the remaining gods and their descendants, but an angry Aztec god that wants Selena’s power to himself. And they will discover in the impending final battle of the gods, no one can be trusted.

About the Author:S.M. Schmitz has an M.A. in modern European history and is a retired world history instructor. Her novels are infused with the same humorous sarcasm that she employed frequently in the classroom. As a native of Louisiana, she sets many of her scenes here, and like Dietrich in Resurrected, she is also convinced Louisiana has been cursed with mosquitoes much like Biblical Egypt with its locusts.

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  1. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  2. Yum, love your recipe! Sounds so good

    • I hope you enjoy one or both of these cocktails, Jean! I think they’re best served with a classic south Louisiana dish – Cameron from The Unbreakable Sword series would recommend a shrimp poboy 😉 Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of our food!

  3. I’ve not been to New Orleans yet, but it is on my bucket list. For now, I will settle for trying these yummy-sounding drinks.


    • I do hope you’re able to get to New Orleans one day! I absolutely love the city – there’s something for everyone there, from the party-goers on Bourbon Street to the family oriented attractions like the Aquarium. One of my favorite things about New Orleans is the architecture; I love riding the streetcar down St. Charles Avenue.

  4. Cocktaillsss! I’m gonna write these recipe’s for Christmas, though I usually have sparkling wine XD And wait, your 9th anniversary?! Wow that was hella long years, so Happy Blog Anniversary! Hope you guys have fun celebrating life and all the things that you love to do. Keep rocking!

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