Release Day Party! The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone is Out Now!

the introvert's guide to drinking alone

w00t w00t! Today is the day! The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone is officially out in the world!

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Hollaaaaaaaaaaa! Be sure to buy–or borrow it for free if you're on Prime or Kindle Unlimited!–it on Amazon, and add it to your Goodreads shelves.

I'm so excited! I hope you all enjoy my one-stop drinking guide for the completely unsociable. And remember to enjoy introversion responsibility... and also alcohol. Probably more important with alcohol.

Go forth!

Bacon Bourbon Recipe from The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone

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Bacon. One could argue it makes everything better. Including alcohol? Of course!

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You can easily infuse spirits with the flavor of bacon through a technique called fat washing. The honeyed sweetness of good ol' bourbon just happens to go particularly well with bacon, making bacon bourbon a heaven-in-your-mouth pairing.

Can't wait to try it? Here's the recipe from my upcoming book, The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone, available June 27th!

Bacon Bourbon

  • Four slices of thick, quality smoked bacon.
  • One bottle (750 ml) bourbon
  • Fry the bacon. Eat it. Save the bacon fat (around ¼ cup).
  • Once the fat is slightly cooled, combine it with the bourbon in an airtight container. Something with straight sides is highly recommended.
  • Shake the dickens out of it.
  • Let it sit at room temp for four-ish hours before putting it in the fridge for up to a week. The fat should solidify and float on top when it's ready to strain. (You can also put it in the freezer, but I haven't had as much success with this method.)
  • Remove solidified fat and save for anything requiring bourbon bacon butter. Mmmm.
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  • Strain the bourbon through either several layers of cheesecloth or a coffee filter (this takes forever, so put your patience cap on) into a clean bottle.
  • Can be stored at room temp for up to six months before turning rancid.
Looking for some cocktail recipes for your amazing bacon bourbon? Check out this post at Bacon Today.

And don't forget you can infuse more than just bourbon with bacon. For example, vodka!

Mint Julep Recipe – From The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone

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Mint Julep Drink Recipe

I don’t always drink mint juleps, but when I do: 1, it’s light outside; and 2, I pretend I’m Eliza Doolittle and shout, “Move yer bloomin’ arse!” at inanimate objects in my backyard. It's oddly stress-relieving.

  • 2 oz bourbon (Woodford Reserve strongly recommended)
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 mint leaves

  • Squeeze the mint leaves and rub them around the inside of your glass; discard.
  • To the same glass, add the bourbon and simple syrup. Top with crushed ice and stir.
  • Sip while appreciating the fact that you thought making this was going to be way more difficult.

 For more recipes, be sure to pre-order The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone on!

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On Drinking Hours – An Excerpt from The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone

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If you’re an introvert, you may be lucky enough to work from home. This has many benefits, as your need to interact with people you don’t want to is blissfully limited to shopping, the post office, your family, and the occasional trip.

There is one thing you need to watch out for when you work at home, however, and that’s drinking hours.

Brendan Behan once said, “I’m a drinker with writing problems,” and when you’re your own boss and make your own hours, keeping business and pleasure (or annoyances) separate can certainly be a problem.

In his book, The Blogger Abides, Christopher Higgins talks about when he first started freelance writing. Every day he’d go to the pub to write children’s novels and have a pint. Then he’d have another pint and write some more. And then another pint. Point is, he wrote a whole series of children’s novels drunk (and hopefully edited sober) before he realized the need for “drinking hours,” which he recommends to every freelance writer.

When you have a job outside your house, it’s generally considered bad form to drink during it. You get judgy looks from your coworkers, and then you have to drive home. But what’s to stop you from taking a nip or two while you’re working at home? DRINKING HOURS, that’s what!

 Want to read more? Pre-order The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone on Amazon!

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The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone – Available in One Week!

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My shiny, brand-new cocktail compendium, The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone, will be released next week. With this book, you'll learn how to:

  • Impress what few people you like with your mad bartending skills
  • Choose "healthy" cocktails for travel and life
  • Make delicious treats like bacon bourbon
  • Find the perfect drink for watching TV with your Internet friends

... and more! Whether you're INTJ or ISFP, or anywhere in between, you'll want to read this book and join the Introversion Revolution!

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Add The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone to your Goodreads shelf or buy it on Amazon today!