…and it’s writing.

A tipsy discussion of writing craft. Writers D.C. McNaughton and Avery Ames imbibe a few drinks while they review and revise their old (and often cringey) writing. Each episode focuses on a particular aspect of craft and features a themed cocktail pairing.

Ep 025: Is This a Kissing Book? (Writing Sex Scenes)

February 7th, 2022

Ooh la la! D.C. and Avery discuss the salacious topic of writing sex scenes. We discuss how we try to avoid the cringe zone, as well as sharing examples with a lot of laughs and a teensy bit of embarrassment .

Books mentioned:

  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  • I Give You My Body, by Diana Gabaldon


“Sex on the Beach” Fancy Martini

The standard Sex-on-the-Beach recipe is vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice, and peach schnapps. So we fancied it up with cranberry gin, apricot liqueur instead of peach, and bergamot liqueur instead of orange.

  • 2oz Koval Cranberry Gin
  • 1oz Apricot Liqueur
  • 1oz Italicus Bergamot Liqueur
  1. Stir all in mixing glass with ice until well chilled
  2. Strain into chilled martini or coupe glass
  3. Garnish with two Luxardo cherries on a cocktail pick.


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