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Madame Nesle de la Tourelle’s Slippery Nipple

Madame Nesle de la Tourelle’s Slippery Nipple

Beyond the Books, Dragonfly in Amber

I dipped automatically, struggling to keep my eyes on the floor and wondering where I would look when I bobbed up again.  Madame Nesle de la Tourelle was standing just behind Louis, watching the introduction with a slightly bored look on her face.  Gossip said that “Nesle” was Louis’s current favorite.  She was, in current vogue, wearing a gown cut below both breasts, with a bit of supercedent gauze which was clearly meant for the sake of fashion, as it couldn’t possibly function for either warmth or concealment.

It was neither the gown nor the prospect it revealed that had rattled me, though.  The breasts of “Nesle,” while reasonably adequate in size, pleasant in proportion, and tipped with large brownish areolae, were further adorned with a pair of nipple jewels that caused their setting to recede into insignificance.  A pair of diamond-encrusted swans with ruby eyes stretched their necks toward each other, swinging precariously in their gold-hooped perches.  The workmanship was superb and the material stunning, but it was the fact that each gold hoop passed through her nipple that made me feel rather faint.  The nipples themselves were rather seriously inverted, but this fact was disguised by the large pearl that covered each one, dangling on a thin gold chain that looped from side to side of the main hoop.

Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (Chapter 9)

I rose, red-face and coughing, and a managed to excuse myself, hacking politely into a handkerchief as I backed away.  I felt a presence in my rear and stopped just in time to avoid backing into Jamie, who was watching the King’s mistress with no pretense whatever of tactful obliviousness.

“She told Marie d’Arbanville that Master Raymond did the piercing for her,” I remarked under my breath.  His fascinated gaze didn’t waver.

“Shall I make an appointment?”  I asked.  “I imagine he’d do it for me if I gave him the recipe for caraway tonic.”

Jamie glanced down at me at last.  Taking my elbow, he steered me toward a refreshment alcove. 

“If you so much as speak to Master Raymond again,” he said, out of the corner of his mouth, “I’ll pierce them for ye myself — wi’ my teeth.”

Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (Chapter 9)

Slippery Nipple

Can I interest you in a tipple from Madame Nesle’s… oh, well…there’s no need to be overly gauche, now, is there?


Madame Nesle de la Tourelle’s Slippery Nipple

  • Sambuca – 1 oz
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream – 1 oz

Pour the sambuca into a shot glass, then pour the Bailey’s gently down the backside of a spoon to float it on top.

To make this an authentic “Nesle Nipple,” float a small blueberry in the middle before serving.

This is a shot people.  All in one go, if ye please…


Slippery Nipple


  1. Irene Blanchard
    February 9, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Oh Theresa,

    You have outdone yourself this time! Fantastic! Thank you so much, both for the reread of the selection AND the accompanying recipe. I think I can follow THIS one! LOVED Bonnet’s Missing Balls, too.

    I really enjoyed your Island Vittles blog, especially as I am on Vancouver Island and have been to Pender when my sister preached one Sunday there.

    But combining fabulous fiction with refreshing recipes is brilliant. What a joy to see a post from you.



    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Wonderful, Irene — so great to have another cross over reader. I knew I’d find DG fans amongst Island Vittles’ readers! Theresa

  2. Jen C.
    February 9, 2012 at 4:34 am

    That passage always makes me wince just a little. Ouch! Love your photo though. A very clever representation. 🙂

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

      My hands tend to hover protectively over my chest when I read that passage too, Jen!

  3. ruaTimeTraveler2
    February 9, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Very Cool.. I enjoy everything you do!…I’m always excited to see whats next!

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Thanks, Vickie….got something planned for Valentines day!

  4. You’re cracking me up. I think I’ve written and deleted three different comments so far so I’m not even going to try. It’s impossible to keep on G-rated and talk about that passage (especially Jamie’s response).

    Let’s just say that the drink looks fantastic. There. I did it.

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

      I don’t think this is a G-rated blog anymore, Christiane…I’ve upped the rating to 13 and up…DG’s aren’t really children’s books, aye? 😉

  5. Needs Mead
    February 9, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Hilarious photography. Nicely done. 🙂

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Needs!

  6. outlanderfan
    February 9, 2012 at 6:59 am

    I think this is my favorite post yet! Only 2 ingredients- yay! I wonder if Jamie would approve of this one : )

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Gotta love the 2 ingredient recipes…as for Jamie, I think he’d harbour no objections to downing a couple of slippery nipps…

  7. Donna
    February 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Brilliant! Love the photos! Those blueberries are looking at me!

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

      No Donna, the blueberries are pointing at you. 😉

  8. Stephie
    February 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

    shouldn’t you be floating a cherry instead of a blueberry? Just sayin…

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Stephie — interesting point. The cherry representing virginity? Hmmm…something tells me “Nesle” had a little more experience than that! 😉

    • Kimberlee
      February 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      I was thinking raspberry myself. Pink seems a bit more appropriate, but then again, if she was really cold…

    • Theresa
      February 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

      A raspberry wouldn’t work, nor would a cherry — this is a shot glass — they’re too big. A pomegranate seed was my first choice, but it kept turning sideways (which wouldn’t do at all). Lastly, the character is described as wearing blue, so Ii thought the blueberry was a good fit. 🙂

  9. Bri
    February 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    HA!! I just laughed out loud at work- this is hysterical! I would have never seen that coming 🙂

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Bri! Glad I got a laugh! Oh, and once you know me a little better, you’ll learn to expect this kind of thing on a pretty regular basis…

  10. meganhcarroll
    February 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

    well with that, I will have to pick up a book or two, fascinating interpretation you have outdone yourself again…

    ps. I will be posting a cocktail later

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Start with Outlander Megan…if you were still on island, I’d run it over to you this am. You won’t be sorry you did! And a 2 cocktail Thursday sounds just like what the Doctor ordered for me this week!

  11. Kiri W.
    February 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Slippery WHAT now? Haha, this is awesome. And sounds delicious. Well done!

    • Theresa
      February 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Kiri…I think you might like them! I’ve also been told to try Butterscotch Schnapps in place of the sambuca for another tasty treat!

    • Denise Twist
      February 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      I can vouch for the butterscotch schnapps! Mmmm.

    • Theresa
      February 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

      And I’ve never even heard of it! Gotta get me some…

  12. Rupa
    February 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

    yum! one of my favourite shots! it’s also delicious with black sambuca!

    • Theresa
      February 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      I wanted to try that, Rupa! Unfortunately, our local liquor store doesn’t carry it…:( I’ll look for it next time we’re in the big city!

  13. deniz
    February 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Great idea for a post! Gosh I hope if I ever drink too many of these I don’t get a crazy idea to pierce my nipples…

    • Theresa
      February 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Well if, in a fit of madness, you do…promise me now that you want suspend gold swans from them…please.

  14. Karen Eismann
    January 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    You are awesome! Love these recipes you come up with! Gotta try a nip!

    • Theresa
      January 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks, Karen! Slainte.

  15. Anna Lapping
    October 30, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Hilarious as usual, Theresa! White or Black sambuca? Maybe two different ways. It’s a little late to try it tonight, but I’ll let you know tomorrow.

  16. Melissa
    April 10, 2016 at 9:04 am

    The Nipple Tipple was by far the favorite of our Season 2 viewing party. 2nd Place to le Comte de St. Germain’s Poison.

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