Craig Johnson’s collection, Wait for Signs, signals October with its cover image of an owl backlit by a full moon, and one of its stories, Fire Bird, inspired this month’s drink.  Breaking and Entering Bourbon takes pride of place in honor of the star of Mr. Johnson’s tales, Sheriff Walt Longmire, and Gunpowder Tincture adds a smoky accent. 

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, so there’s a shot of Tabasco, too.  Trick or treat!

Fire Bird
2 oz. Breaking and Entering Bourbon    
.5 oz  Gunpowder Tincture
.25 oz. simple syrup
2 dashes Tabasco
Combine all and stir with ice.  Strain into a chilled canning jar and garnish with an orange twist.

Having read Elizabeth Wein's other novel, Code Name Verity some time ago, I decided to pick up Rose Under Fire and it does not disappoint. Wein is a masterful storyteller and researcher and she uses her skills to tell stories of a different war front: that of the women in World War II. Rose Justice from Pennsylvania is chosen by the RAF (Royal Air Force) to ferry planes across enemy lies to support the Allies' war efforts. Rose's plane is eventually intercepted and shot down--resulting in her becoming a prisoner of the Nazis. She is sent to Ravensbrück, the women's concentration camp. There she meets young women that are under the scrutiny of the Nazi Doctors who conduct expiriments on them. These "Rabbits" are strong women with little to no hope left in them. Together the ladies form a strong bond and trust in one another and foresee an inevitability of their release by Allied forces. This novel is amazing, intellectual and inspiring. Perfect for young historians! -- Reviewed by Books Inc. SFO

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