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Ace Atkins takes you into the hot heart of Mississippi with The Innocents, his latest novel featuring Quinn Colson.  There are few reads more perfect for the middle of summer. Here you'll find rough riders known as the Born Losers living in the Golden Cherry Motel - and that's the perfect name for a cocktail. Mr. Atkins has been known to enjoy a beer now and again, so I didn't get too fancy.

Golden Cherry
1.5 oz  bourbon
5 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1 heavy barspoon lime juice
4 oz of a good, Mississippi beer, like Lazy Magnolia's Southern Hops'pitality
3 dashes cherry bitters
4 Golden Cherries

Muddle 3 of the cherries with everything except the beer. Shake with ice. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Add the beer. Drizzle with the lime juice. Garnish with your last cherry. The vintage Peek-A-Boo glass is optional.

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