Author Spotlight: Melissa Schroeder

Y’all you are in for a treat today! Author Melissa Schroeder is… 😉 kinda here with us – more like one of her characters, and she’s sharing drink recipes! Fun, right? 😀

Hiya, everyone! My name is Dee Ross, and Mel told me that she wanted me to share some of the favorite drinks of the islands with you. She figured that with summer just a couple weeks away, that you would need some good party time drinks.

First, a little about me. I work at the club Rough n Ready, which is owned by my husband Micah and his best friend Evan Chambers. I am a bartender and love the job. Of course, R and R havs strict policy of no alcohol if you are going to be playing in the rooms, but if you aren’t there are a few of these you could enjoy. And sadly, at the moment, I can’t drink or play because I am entering my second trimester, boo. But, for those of you wanting a taste of the islands, here are a few drinks.

First, I want to share the quintessential Hawaiian Drink: The Blue Hawaiian. Everyone MUST try one of these and while they can vary from place to place, this is my recipe.

Blue Hawaiian
1 oz Light Rum
1 oz Blue Curacao
3 oz Pina Colada Mix (Or 1 part Crème de Coconut and 2 parts Pineapple Juice)
1 Cup Ice
Combine ingredients in a blender or mix well and enjoy on the rocks.
Truthfully, I prefer to use the Crème de Coconut and Pineapple juice. I think it tastes better)

Pina Colada
Although everyone associates this with the islands, the story is a Puerto Rican bartender Ramon Marrero invented it in the 50’s.
4 oz Pina Colada Mix (Or 1 part Crème de Coconut and 2 parts Pineapple Juice)
1 oz Light Rum
1 Cup Ice
1 oz Half and Half or Milk (Optional, for those you like it creamy)
Toss everything into a blender  or you can even serve it on the rocks. A pineapple or cherry are great garnishes but everyone MUST have that little paper umbrella!
If you want the Chi Chi, substitute Vodka for the Rum!

Tropical Itch
Micah says this one sounds like something you catch, but it is kind of a favorite of tourists. This is a modern cocktail that everyone likes if you can get a little backscratcher to add to the glass. If you cannot get your hands on Lilikoi (passion fruit) juice, just substitute a mix of your favorites.
1oz Vodka
1oz Light Rum
1/2 oz Orange Curacao or Grand Marnier (Triple Sec will substitute)
3 – 4 oz. Passion Fruit Juice (Or get creative!)
Shake well and pour over ice.
Add a little backscratcher to the glass and you are all set!

Now, Mel has a drink she adores. It is her favorite of all time and when she is at the club, I know I will be making a lot of them, lol. It is a LAVA FLOW.

Lava Flow

1 oz. coconut rum
1 oz. light rum
1/2 banana
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. coconut cream
2 oz. frozen strawberries

The first thing you need to remember is to blend the strawberries and rums separately from the other ingredients. And rinse out the blender. The key to preparation is to blend the strawberries and rums separately from the other ingredients, rinsing the blender between steps. (If using strawberry puree, you can skip this and simply blend all ingredients except the puree.)

Pour the strawberry mix or the puree to the bottom of a large glass (a collins or hurricane glass).  Then add the blender ingredients, or as it’s often done, reverse and pour the strawberry mix on top. The red strawberry mix swirls in the drink, simulating a lava flow.

Of course, if you know Mel, you know she loves to cook. Now, I took Ala Moana Shopping Center for Pork Footballs, but Mel can’t find a recipe for that. One of her favorite things to make though is Kalua Pig in the crock pot, serving it over sushi rice. If you are a true Hawaiian you will tack on a serving of macaroni salad.

Kalua Pig

One 6 pound pork shoulder roast (also called butt)
1 ½ sea salt (Hawaiian if you can get it)
1 T liquid smoke flavoring

Pierce pork all over with a fork, then rub salt and liquid smoke over meat. Place in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 16 -20 hours, turning once. Remove meat from slow cooker and shred, adding drippings as needed to moisten.
This is the best way to cook it if you can’t make it to Hawaii for the pig in the ground. Of course, if you do make it over our way, hit up Paradise Cove where Danny Aiona works as one of those sexy fire dancers.

Make sure to check out Mel’s latest two releases in the Harmless franchise:

A Little Harmless Fascination
Amazon  B and N Kobo

Possession: A Little Harmless Military Romance

If you want to know more about me and how I became Dee Ross, you can read my story in A Little Harmless Lie!

I hope you enjoy the recipes. You can always drop by and let me know at the Rough ‘n Ready Facebook Fanpage. Micah and Evan run that. And, if you are Harmless Addict, there is a group for you where Mel hangs out sharing insider info, has special contests and get togethers at reader cons.

Melissa Schroeder is the author of over 40 short stories, novellas and novels in anything from sensual to erotic and historical to futuristic. She is a military wife who hates bugs so the AF devises assignments for her husband in places with bugs big enough to eat her children.

If you are going to AAD NOLA, Mel will be there all over the place so make sure to say hi! She is hosting the Saints and Sinners Open Bar with Kris Cook, and she will be featuring her new paranormal series at the Cursed n Blood Affair!

Mel spends way too much time on the web so you can usually find her around: WebsiteTwitterFacebook FanpagePinterest

Mel is also offering a giveaway – a signed or digital copy of A Little Harmless Fascination OR Possession. Winner’s choice and she is happy to ship internationally. So tell us – what’s your poison? Your favorite drink of choice – currently, or your go to… both! Either!

0 thoughts on “Author Spotlight: Melissa Schroeder

  1. Mary Kirkland (@scarymary66)

    I’m a bit of a goody goody as my hubby says. I don’t drink alcohol at all. But I do love a good iced coffee or frappuccino. But I swear those frappuccinos are like crack to me, so I don’t buy them very often. lol

  2. Mary Preston

    My drink of choice is always a glass of white wine. Delicious!! Interesting to see the different choices.

  3. R.E. Butler

    For a very long time, my drink of choice was a kamikaze until I woke up one morning on the floor, very certain I had gone to sleep on the nearby waterbed! Now, it’s a Melon Ball in a tall glass, and I make sure I know for sure I’m in bed! I love trying new drink recipes, though, and I’m looking forward to sampling the ones I haven’t made myself!

  4. Patricia Williams

    My favorite is sex on the beach. I always liked ordering it when I was out with friends. We were al. 21 and we giggled when we asked the bartender for one. Oh how mature we were. I do like coconut rum and the drinks above sound good. Might be time to relax this weekend and try something new.

  5. JoAnne

    Nice posting, lots of drink ideas and it’s only 8:30am as I read this.
    I love cosmos, pina coladas, strawberry daiquiris and various flavored martinis. I also like red wine and coolers i.e. hard lemonade.
    Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

  6. June M.

    I can’t drink alcohol much due to taking blood thinners but I have always loved anything with Tequila (or even just straight Tequila) and tropical drinks (Pina Coladas, Daiquiris, Mai Tai, etc) . I think I will need to try some new virgin types of some of these drinks.

  7. Gabrielle

    These all sound delightful. I am an amaretto girl through and through though. I love it in just about anything even food. I love an amaretto stone sour the best.

  8. Angela

    The cocktals sound delicious, especially the Lava Flow. I don’t usually drink cocktails so I don’t know that many, but my favourite would be the frozen strawberry margarita.

  9. Laurie

    These recipes sound great, I will be trying them out! My fav is a margarita on the rocks, or a mojito and I make spiked Arnie Palmer’s or a frozen drink called Sneaky Peeks which taste like sweet tarts, in the summer. I just made a batch of Arnie’s and it was great for this weekend’s festivities!

  10. Limecello Post author

    Hi Mel,

    Thanks so much for visiting with us today! Hee I just read A Little Harmless Gift again last night. Just as an extra “preparation” for this post. 😀 I think I’m going to have to try a tropical itch soon.
    I also adore frozen drinks – I don’t know why but blended with ice is my preference.

    I like adding passion fruit rum to my fruit smoothies too. Or adding fruit simple syrups to vodka and topping with seltzer. Right now though I’m into St. Germain.

    Looking forward to the next Harmless book!

  11. Esther Johnson Treib

    Don’t drink often but I like a Colorado Bulldog. Doesn’t take many and I’m done. Otherwise, if I’m feeling fruity, it’s a Fuzzy Navel. Altho the orange juice has started to give me hearburn, so the bulldog does just fine. LOL. Love your books Mel.

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