Martinis and Murder Cocktail Recipe: The Intercontinental

Pair this wine and whiskey cocktail with Episode #78,“Tennessee Revenge Murder.”

By Gina Pace

I’m not exactly blaming Matt the Bartender for anything, but I found out we were taping this episde and needed a cocktail recipe about 10 minutes before the show.

Luckily, I had some mischief-themed Cooper and Thief wine at my desk — what journalist doesn’t have a fully-stocked wine and liquor supply at their work station?

That bevy of booze is why John Thasher, who I sit next to, thinks he has the best seat in the house (plus my sparkling personality). But Daryn Carp is getting a liiiiiiitle resentful I haven’t brought her any bottles just for her — yet.

Despite the semi-hectic backstory, this cocktail is delicious. Aging the wine in ex-bourbon barrels for three months gives it toasty vanilla notes on top of the dark, jammy fruit. Pairing it with some whiskey and vermouth is kind of a “no duh” combination.

John fans out there: don’t worry, his version has triple sec instead of vermouth. And if you can’t find Cooper and Thief, just go for any rich, dark red wine.

Here’s how to make it:


½ ounce whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ½ ounces of Cooper and Thief Wine


Fill a mixing glass with ice. Stir the ingredients together because shaking will water down the drink too much. Strain into a glass and garnish with an orange twist.

You might need one (or three) while John and Daryn discuss the case of Kim Cunningham; a Tennessee mother who stopped at nothing to protect her family from perceived threats.

[Video: Emily Spada]

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