The Most Anticipated Release of June 5th, 2012 – My Secret Recipe for the African Wild Dog cocktail (oh, and my book The Influence Game)

I’ve heard people equate writing a book with giving birth.  I’ve never given birth, so I’m pretty sure the whole book writing thing is not as physically painful (unless you count carpal tunnel syndrome).

That said, it’s been just over 9 months from the date I signed the contract with Wiley to today, June 5th, when The Influence Game is officially out!  Bookstores have it.  Libraries have it.  Airport stores have it.  Heck, I have a bunch of copies laying around in my office.  It’s been a somewhat arduous process, so in terms of timing, anticipation and heartburn I can see some similarities between books and babies.

I know that a book about the strategies lobbyists use to influence Congress could go either way.  The idea of using these strategies in everyday life may entice people to buy it in droves.  Or, the book-buying public will be so appalled by the idea that they’ll run away screaming.  I hope it’s the droves thing and not the screaming thing, but we’ll see.

To help get everyone in a happy, celebratory and buying mood, I’m offering up today one of the biggest insider secrets in Washington, D.C. – my secret recipe for a drink I call the “African Wild Dog,” so-named after a trip to South Africa and using a South African liquor called “Amarula.” Cocktails are an essential component of the D.C.-insider influence game.  Plus they taste good.

Here it is.

  • 2 parts Amarula Liquor
  • 1 part Stolichnaya Citrus Vodka
  • 1 part (or a part and a half if you’re a chocoholic) dark chocolate liquor
  • Shake with ice until it looks like a milkshake
  • Enjoy

It goes very well with a little light reading. And if all else fails it is one of the best ways to get people on your side – just, please use it for good, not evil.


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