Since I write cozy mysteries, I don’t serve a lot of whiskey in my books. In fact, after giving it some thought, I’m fairly certain no one has ever had a shot of whiskey in any of my four books. Dana’s boyfriend sometimes orders wine with his meals, and he and Dana both enjoy the occasional beer, but I tend to think of whiskey as something a hard-boiled detective with an air of resignation and too many bad memories drinks. That’s definitely not Dana.
But she’s not really a tea drinker either, unless I count iced tea. When I imagine a tea-drinking detective, I picture Miss Marple in her lovely English cottage, sipping tea out of a dainty china cup while she tries to solve a murder from her arm chair. It seems like more of an older person’s beverage. Or a British one.
That leaves coffee, and Dana does indeed drink that. Most days, she drinks a cup in the morning to get her day started. If the night’s been a long one, she’ll also stop by The Daily Grind coffee shop for a white chocolate mocha on her way to work.
I, too, like to indulge in the occasional high-sugar, high-fat concoction at my local coffee shop, but even I draw the line at the latest craze: butter coffee (also known as bulletproof coffee). Just as the name implies, it’s a cup of coffee with one to two tablespoons of butter added, along with coconut oil. According to the article I read, it’s believed to provide you with an extended amount of energy for several hours after you drink it.
I’m going to have to take their word for it, because I’m not planning to try it any time soon. And neither will Dana. While she’ll imbibe in a coffee that’s more akin to dessert, she’d rather not drink anything she could potentially butter her toast with.