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September 16th, 2009
Cabin Fever!

I have a special guest today–Alisha Rai who is celebrating the release of her new book Cabin Fever. Like many writers Alisha is an avid reader and this started her journey to published author. Today she’s talking about weather, seasons and yummy treats. I definitely want to try this recipe!


I recently moved to the Midwest from Florida, where one of my chief complaints was the utter lack of seasons. Yeah, sunshine is awesome, but after a few years of nonstop heat and humidity (and sometimes hurricanes, but for the sake of my remaining property value, I’m not going to bring that up again), I found myself starting to long for some cool weather.

Let’s not get crazy. As fond as I am of the time I lived in Buffalo, I’m not exactly chomping at the bit to experience that kind of a winter again. But right now, the weather’s going through that lovely shift from summer to fall. There are too many wonderful things that make this time perfect for me: the cool mornings, the colors of the changing leaves, the slight smell of smoke in the air…and the flavors.

Heck, yes. The flavors of fall. It’s a full section in my recipe box. September’s here, people! It’s socially acceptable to eat pumpkin pie! Not to mention a whole bunch of other tasty things which just make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, even as the weather turns chillier.

So what’s cozier than a good cup of hot cocoa? To keep my hero and heroine warm—not that they really needed help—I featured the following drink in my new release, Cabin Fever.

By the way, the name of the drink is, you guessed it: Cabin Fever. Because I’m just that big of a nerd. I can’t help it, I must sprinkle corny, obscure inside jokes into my stories. Forgive me.

One shot of Baileys
One shot of crème de menthe
Whipped cream
Cup of hot chocolate (or to taste)

Mix the Bailey’s and crème de menthe, pour in the hot chocolate and stir. Garnish with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and a cherry. Enjoy and stay warm!

Alisha Rai
Cabin Fever Now Available!

Do you have any questions for Alisha? Do you like to have different seasons? Do you like the change of seasons? Do you like a kick to your hot chocolate?

8 comments to “Cabin Fever!”

  1. Mm. Sounds like a great recipe for hot chocolate. I’m definitely going to try it the first snowfall (which should be any day now — just kidding)

    JK Coi from Canada :)

  2. Oh, and Cabin Fever looks great! Congratulations on your release

  3. Hi Alisha, nice to meet you! My addition of choice to hot chocolate is peppermint schnapps, but I have to say, your recipe sounds wonderful!


  4. That sounds like one yummy drink! Congrats on the release of Cabin Fever.

    Autumn is my favorite season. I can’t imagine living without it.

  5. Thanks for the congrats guys!

    J.K., oh, Canada! I love our neighbors to the north! I went to high school in Buffalo, and some of my favorite memories involve hopping over the border. I remember when you just needed a driver’s license to go there…I was in Rochester last week, and I was so irritated I forgot my passport so we couldn’t go, argh.

    Helen, mmmm, peppermint schnapps hot cocoa. If you mix peppermint schnapps with ice cold chocolate milk, it tastes like Andes Candies. In case anyone’s wondering, I bartended through college :). I don’t sit around experimenting with alcohol. Er, at least not since my liver aged along with the rest of me.

    NJ, I spent years in Florida with no autumn. It was tough. I spend a lot of time staring out the window now.

  6. Congratulations on your new release, Alisha. I’m definitely going to try a Cabin Fever. It sounds delicious. The book too. :mrgreen:

  7. LOL. Shelley, I see why you’d like that recipe. Back in my youth, when I could still get away with it, I would have gone hog wild for it.

  8. I love hot chocolate so this sounds great. Fall is my favorite time of year. I live in Southwest Missouri so we have a beautiful fall usually. Congratulations on your new book.