One of my favorite scenes in Hanging by a Thread takes place at a party where the heroine, Bebe Banerjee, has an interesting conversation about bourbon distilling with Jonah Beck, a guy who owns a micro-distillery. Beck’s interest in Bebe draws the ire of the hero, Cal O’Brien. Cal and Bebe end up in the laundry room to talk things out, and her version of talking involves throwing her panties at Cal.

I’m not a mixologist, but I did come up with the perfect cocktail for Hanging by a Thread: the Panty-Throwing Peach Mule.

Peach mule pic

The Panty-Throwing Peach Mule is a variation on the common Moscow Mule, which uses vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and mint. All mules are served in copper mugs, and my version uses bourbon as the base liquor, along with ginger beer, pureed peaches, and lime juice.

For the Panty-Throwing Peach Mule, I used my favorite bourbon, Woodford Reserve. If you ever get a chance to visit Kentucky, I encourage you to tour the Woodford Reserve Distillery, which is a National Historic Landmark. I spent several weeks in Kentucky touring the bourbon distilleries for my next contemporary romance series.


 3 ounces bourbon
1½ chopped fresh peaches
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
6 ounces chilled ginger beer (I used Reed’s Ginger Beer, which is my favorite non-alcoholic drink)
1 1/2 cups ice, preferably crushed
Lime wheels, for garnish


In a blender, combine the fresh peaches, lime juice, and enough water to puree to a liquid consistency. Pour the peach puree into a cocktail shaker along with bourbon and chilled ginger ale and shake until thoroughly mixed. Filled the copper Mule mug with crushed ice and pour the concoction over the ice. Garnish with a slice of peach and lime wheels.


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