Solitaire in San Monique

solitaire in san monique

Spicy and complex, this drink uses zest hot Thai chilies and a deliciously juice mango. Make the syrup ahead and keep it around for as many rounds as you like! It will keep for 2 weeks or so if kept well sealed in the fridge. Enjoy while watching the James Bond classic, Live and Let Die!


Equipment – saucepan, strainer, bottle with well fitting lid, shaker, strainer, coupe or martini glass

Spicy Mango Syrup

1 mango, peeled and diced

½ Thai chili cut into rounds

½ cup demerara sugar

Water to cover (about a cup and a half)

Solitaire in San Monique

2 oz vodka

½ oz fresh lime juice

1 oz spicy mango syrup

1 oz ginger ale

1½ oz soda water

1 slice of Thai chili for garnish


In a small sauce pan, combine syrup ingredients and bring to a gentle simmer. Lower heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Strain out solids and store in container with well fitting lid in refrigerator for up two weeks.

In shaker tin, combine vodka, lime and mango syrup with ice and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe or martini glass and top with ginger ale and soda water. Garnish with slice of Thai Chili. Cheers!

solitaire in san monique

Ballad for a Cowgirl

ballad for a cowgirl

With flavors of Kentucky bourbon and lemon pairing with strawberry and balsamic syrup (recipe found here), this drink is a wonderful pairing with any sort of appetizer you can throw at it. A note about dry shaking: when making cocktails with egg whites, its necessary to shake without ice first to get all those delightful proteins activated. 10-15 seconds of a nice hard shake will get you that velvety, creamy consistency.


Equipment: shaker, strainer, coupe or martini glass

¾ oz simple syrup

½ oz strawberry/balsamic syrup

1 oz fresh lemon juice

2 oz bourbon (Eagle Rare is my favorite)

1 egg white

Lemon wheel for garnish


Combine simple syrup, strawberry/balsamic syrup, lemon, bourbon and egg white in shaker. Shake vigorously without ice for 10-15 seconds. Open shaker and add ice then shake for an additional 15 seconds. Strain into coupe or martini glass and garnish with lemon wheel for garnish. Cheers!

ballad for a cowgirl

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Inspired by someone close to Sauce, Salty and myself, Group Therapy is best enjoyed with your closest friends. It is refreshing and delicious and great for making in pitchers.


Equipment: mixing glass, cocktail spoon, strainer, pint glass, Collins glass or something similar

½ oz fresh lime juice

½ oz crème de cassis

1½ oz tequila

4 oz ginger ale

Mint leaf for garnish


Combine lime, cassis, and tequila in mixing glass with ice. Stir for 10-15 seconds and strain into clean glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a spanked mint leaf. Cheers!

group therapy


Planter’s Punch

Planter's Punch

“One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak” This catchy little saying is the best way to make a balanced Planter’s Punch. Originating in Jamaica, this drink is perfect for laying on a beach, boat, patio chair or couch. Its also a fantastic candidate for making a pitcher for a crowd.


Equipment: shaker, strainer, tiki mug

1 oz fresh lime juice

¾ oz simple syrup

¼ oz allspice dram

3 oz rum (Zaya is my favorite but use whatever you love)

2 dashes Scrappy’s aromatic bitters

Wedge of lime for garnish


Combine lime, simple syrup, allspice dram, rum and bitters in shaker with ice. Shake for 15 seconds and strain into tiki mug over fresh ice. Garnish with wedge of lime. Cheers!

planter's punch



When Sauce, Salty and myself were attempting to name this concoction, we decided it was definitely a summertime drink. It tastes sort of like an Arnold Palmer! I’m not much use on a golf course but I fully intend to drink these on our back patio on beautiful days this summer!


Equipment: Pint glass or pilsner glass, spoon or straw to stir

¾ oz fresh lemon juice

1½ oz Averna Amaro

1 oz rum (Zaya is my favorite)

2 dashes Scrappy’s Aromatic bitters

2 oz ginger ale

Lemon wheel for garnish


Combine lemon, Averna, rum, bitters and ginger ale in glass with ice. Give it a gentle stir to combine and garnish with lemon wheel. Cheers!


Matteo Ricci

matteo ricci

Matteo Ricci was an Italian missionary in the late 1500’s. He arrived at the Portuguese settlement of Macau and began missionary work that took him across the entire country. In 1601, the Wanli Emperor who wished to put his knowledge of astronomy and the science behind calendars invited him to the Forbidden City. This made him the first European to make enter this incredible place and this drink is homage to the two countries.


Equipment: glass for mixing, cocktail spoon, coupe or martini glass, strainer

2 oz white rum

½ oz bourbon

½ oz Averna Amaro

2 dashes Scrappy’s Orleans bitters

Dried tea leaves for garnish


Combine rum, bourbon, Averna and bitters in mixing glass with ice. Stir for 15-20 seconds and strain into chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a pinch of dried tea leaves. Cheers!

matteo ricci


Port Fondue

port fondue

Sauce loves liqueur filled chocolates; in fact I gave her a box of them for Christmas. This drink is sort of an inside out version of one. I highly suggest letting the chocolate garnish sit in the drink for a minute or so before eating! On this particular occasion I used a milk chocolate cream but its fantastic with dark chocolate truffles as well. Use your favorite!


Equipment: glass for stirring, cocktail spoon, strainer, chilled coupe or martini glass, cocktail pick

1½ oz red dessert wine

2 oz rum (I used Zaya)

¼ oz orgeat syrup (almond syrup)

4 dashes Scrappy’s chocolate bitters

Chocolate truffle or cream for garnish


Combine dessert wine, rum, orgeat and bitters in mixing glass with ice. Stir for 20 seconds and strain into chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with truffle or cream on a cocktail pick. Cheers!

port fondue cocktail



Pear and rye whiskey make for a fantastic pre-dinner cocktail. An aperitif if you will. A note about rye whiskey. For a deliciously low price, Dickel rye is wonderful in cocktails or on its own. It’s smooth and approachable for just about any palate.


Equipment: muddler, shaker, strainer, old fashioned glass, ice sphere

¼ medium sized pear peeled and cut into chunks

1 dash Scrappy’s Orleans bitters

¼ oz Allspice Dram

2 oz Dickel rye whiskey

1 pear slice for garnish


Place ice sphere into old fashioned glass with pear slice. In shaker tin, combine pear and Orleans bitters. Muddle gently and top with Allspice Dram and rye whiskey. Fill shaker with ice and shake for 15-20 seconds. Strain over ice sphere in old fashioned glass. Cheers!


Billy Rocks

Billy Rocks Cocktail

Sweet Sumo mandarin oranges and earthy tequila make for a truly unique flavor combination. To be honest this drink came to be with a particular mission in mind. Make Sauce like orange in cocktails. Be sure to buy a few extras, as these oranges are delicious!


Equipment: shaker, strainer, muddler, coupe or martini glass

2 deseeded slices of jalapeno, plus one more for garnish

½ tsp demerara sugar

2 dashes Scrappy’s orange bitters

1 oz fresh Sumo mandarin orange juice

2 oz silver tequila (I prefer Milagro)

¼ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur


Gently muddle 2 jalapeno slices with demerara and orange bitters in shaker tin. Add orange juice, tequila and Luxardo and fill with ice. Shake for 15-20 seconds and strain into coupe or martini glass. Garnish with deseeded jalapeno slice. Cheers!


Rag Doll

rag doll

The strawberry balsamic syrup, recipe found here, is great to keep around the house. Try it as an ice cream topping or experiment with your own cocktails! This one is a favorite of Sauce’s and the name comes from a Four Seasons song, one of our favorite bands of all time. Enjoy!


Equipment: shaker, strainer, wine glass

1 oz gin

½ tsp honey

¾ oz fresh lemon juice

1 oz strawberry balsamic syrup

4 oz Prosecco

Lemon twist for garnish


Combine gin, honey, lemon and syrup in shaker with ice. Shake for 15 seconds and strain into wine glass. Top with Prosecco and garnish with lemon twist. Cheers!

rag doll cocktail

Troop 21

troop 21 a dessert cocktail by sauce and shake

Not to brag or anything, but there are five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in our house right now. Between March Madness and these cookies, this time of year is just what I need to shake off the early spring blues. This is definitely a dessert and I highly recommend dipping the cookie garnish in the drink before eating it.


Equipment: shaker, strainer, coupe or martini glass

2 oz vodka

1 tablespoon cream of coconut

1 tablespoon salted caramel sauce, plus more for garnish drizzle (the salted part is optional)

1 oz chocolate liqueur (Chopin makes a fantastic one)

1 oz milk

1 Samoa from your local Girl Scout


Drizzle caramel sauce into coupe or martini glass and hook a Samoa on the edge of the glass. Combine vodka, cream of coconut and 1 tablespoon caramel sauce in shaker. Shake with no ice (a dry shake) for 10 seconds. Open shaker and add chocolate liqueur, milk and ice. Shake for 15-20 seconds and strain into coupe or martini glass. Cheers!

Caramel drizzle for troop 21

Salty’s Skirt Steak Tacos

steak tacos

Salty is not much of a cook, but when it comes to grilling, the man loves his craft. He also loves his steak, so nothing makes him more eager to help than a delectably marinated piece of beef. Shake throws in her margaritas, I make some crunchy slaw and seasoned rice, and suddenly taco night is upon us. Put your spouse/friends/children to work for a similar effect (although the kids should probably not be tasked with handling tequila or open flame or jalapeños. Have them juice citrus or something).


Serves 6 

2-3 lbs. skirt steak

12 small tortillas (at least)

½ onion, thin sliced

1 jalapeno, thin sliced

1 cup savoy cabbage, shredded

1 cup red cabbage, shredded

½ cup sour cream

1 lime, juiced

Hot sauce

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

3 tsp. honey


1 tbsp. whole cilantro

For the Rice

2 cups rice

3 ½ cups chicken broth

2 tbsp. tomato paste Saucy Note: Instead of regular tomato paste, I used something called Taste #5 Umami Bomb Original Tomato Paste. I found it at a specialty grocery, but it also is available on Amazon. It’s a little pricey, but it is also practically magic.

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp. butter

For the Marinade

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 lime, juiced

1 tsp. ancho chili powder

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tsp. coriander powder

2 tbsp. soy sauce

3 dashes Worcestershire

1 tsp. cayenne powder

1 tsp. chopped cilantro

2-3 dashes hot sauce

1 tbsp. honey Saucy Note: I used spicy honey, which is delicious if you can find it.

Pinch of salt


 Combine marinade ingredients in large bowl or resealable plastic bag. Marinate skirt steak for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.

Prepare rice. Combine rice, chicken broth, tomato paste, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Bring to a boil, stir once, and cover. Reduce heat to simmer and set a timer for 20 minutes. When timer sounds, turn heat off but do not uncover until ready to serve.

Shred cabbage and slice onion and jalapeno. I used a mandolin for all of my vegetables, because it makes very thin, uniform slices and everything is prepped in about 14 seconds, but a knife also works. Shred the cabbage into a colander so you can wash it. Combine the cabbage and half the sliced jalapeno. You can also add the onion, but if you have onion haters like Shake and Salty you can put them out on the side (I love onions).

Preheat grill for 10-15 minutes on high.

Combine sour cream, lime juice, and hot sauce to taste in a small measuring cup to make a crema. Put half into a small bowl for serving, then add wine vinegar and honey to remaining mixture. Add a pinch of salt and mix well. Toss with the cabbage and jalapeños so that the slaw is well coated but there is not excessive dressing pooling in the bowl.

Cabbage slaw for tacos

Grill steak for 2-3 minutes a side. Warm tortillas on the grill after you flip the steak.

skirt steak resting

Remove meat from grill and let rest for five minutes covered with foil. Arrange slaw, onions, cilantro, extra jalapeno, crema, hot sauce, rice, tortillas, and whatever other accouterments (I made sautéed corn as a side) you have for your tacos in a place people can serve themselves. Let people build their own tacos and enjoy!

taco condiments

carving skirt steak

steak taco

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