A Balm for Dark Times: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


Welcome to the Make Out Already recap and review of Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. On this episode, we talk about why we chose a male/male romance for our first episode, give some tough love to our beloved heroes, share drink recipes inspired by the novel, bask in the glow of the delightful alternate universe the novel creates, and do some fan casting.

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Champurrado recipe: https://youtu.be/oKCVI9fbdzA

Boozy Early Grey Cocktail Recipe:

2 T loose leaf Earl Grey

1 sprig rosemary

1/2 c water (boiling)

1 T honey

1 shot whiskey (or bourbon!)

1 splash orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier)

1 dash orange bitters

Squeeze of fresh lemon/orange juice and slice to garnish

(Adapted from Bon Appetit’s Earl Grey-Bourbon Punch)

Steep the rosemary and Earl Grey in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain and add the honey, then let cool. Fill a glass with ice, the whiskey, orange liqueur, orange bitters and fruit juice. Pour the tea concentrate over, stir, garnish and drink while reading RWRB!