A Sigler

About A Sigler

I'm the Director of Døøm here at Empty Set Entertainment, and a founding partner at Audacity Events, a San Diego based management company that builds world class events and manages one-of-a-kind talent.  I'm a movie geek, Doctor Who fan, skeptic and science nerd. I don't like chocolate all that much.

Siglocktail 08-18-2020: Mint-Ginger Caipiroska … spritzer? (Plus variations!)

Continuing our vodka recipes this month, and the heat of summer has finally come to Southern California, so now I’m all about a summery, refreshing cocktail.

Our SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails this week is a Caipiroska! This is a spiritual sister to Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha. Where the caipirinha is made with cachaça (a Brazilian rum variant) our caipiroska is made with vodka. Traditionally, it’s made with fresh lime, sugar and vodka, but I’m adding fresh ginger and mint to brighten things up. I’m also adding some ginger beer to make this a bit less alcoholic, and perfect for sipping during the hottest part of the day.

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and I’ll make this drink just as our show starts. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

MINT GINGER CAIPIROSKA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 5 mint sprigs
  • 4 ounces vodka (I used Blue Ice)
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Muddle ginger with sugar in a glass.
  • Add mint sprigs. Muddle until fragrant.
  • Add vodka, ginger beer and ice.
  • Garnish with mint.
  • Stir.

Yummy variations:

  • If you have ginger syrup, you can add that instead of the sugar and sliced fresh ginger.
  • If you’re daring and have had a great garden this summer, try basil or cilantro instead of mint!
  • If you’re missing a bit of tartness, add a half ounce of lemon juice!

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Siglocktail 08-11-20: Thyme for a Salty Dog (plus variations!)

All your vodka are belong to us!

This month we’re focusing on vodka for our  SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails. It’s classic, easy to mix, and a great vehicle for fruity, flavorful, summery drinks.

This week we’re making the Serious Eats version of the Salty Dog. It’s bright and fresh and can be made with any kind of grapefruit!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and I’ll make this drink just as our show starts. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

SERIOUS EATS “THYME FOR A SALTY DOG” RECIPE:
This cocktail can also be made with gin, but I think vodka gives the fresh lime juice a fresh, crisp bite without changing the subtle flavor!

Ingredients

For thyme simple syrup:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 sprigs thyme

For the cocktail:

  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rim
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice from 1 grapefruit
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 ounce Thyme Simple Syrup
  • Lime wheels or thyme sprigs for garnish

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™

  • For the Thyme Simple Syrup:
    • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water.
    • Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
    • Remove from heat, add thyme, and allow to steep 15 minutes.
    • Strain into airtight container. Thyme Simple Syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  • For the Cocktail:
    • Pour salt on a small saucer. Run lime wedge around the outer rim of a Collins glass and roll glass in salt to coat outside rim. Set aside.
    • Combine grapefruit juice, vodka, lime juice, and thyme syrup in cocktail shaker.
    • Fill shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
    • Fill salt-rimmed Collins glass with fresh ice and strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with thyme or lime if desired.

Yummy variations:

  • If you have fresh basil leaves but no thyme, roughly tear 3 or 4 and add to your shaker for a fresh, garden-y twist!
  • If you’re a purist, leave out the thyme and lime, rim the glass with salt, and revel in the beachy perfection of the Salty Dog.

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Siglocktail 08-04-20: Vodka Gimlet (plus variations!)

vodka gimletIt’s a new month, so it’s a new base liquor! August Siglocktails will be vodka based!

We’ll start this month on SIGLERinPLACE with a classic: a vodka gimlet. It’s a classic, simple drink, so I’ll also add a few variations at the end of this post in case you want to jazz things up!

Livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and I’ll make this drink just as our show starts. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, no worries!

OUR RECIPE FOR A CLASSIC “VODKA GIMLET”
This cocktail can also be made with gin, but I think vodka gives the fresh lime juice a fresh, crisp bite without changing the subtle flavor!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka (I used Blue Ice after a recommendation from Junkie Jared Miller!)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (more or less as desired for sweetness)
  • ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice until cooled, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour into a glass over ice (I am using this mega-cool tentacled cocktail glass, a gorgeous gift from my friend Shelia Dee).
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

Yummy variations:

  • If you have fresh basil leaves, roughly tear 3 or 4 and add to your shaker for a basil gimlet!
  • Same with mint! Add 1/4 cup of mint leaves to the shaker, and swap out the simple syrup for Roses Lime Juice for a summery mint gimlet!
  • I’m pretty sure you can add a bit of sliced jalapeño (no seeds tho!) and tajin on the rim, but I haven’t tried that. It sounds delish tho!

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Siglocktail 7-28-20: Blueberry Thyme Gin Fizz

This week’s SIGLERinPLACE cocktail is a blueberry thyme gin fizz! It’ll be our last gin cocktail for  a while, and it’s super summery and easy to make! Livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and I’ll make this drink just as our show starts. Feel free to join us, make a Shirley Temple version, or just pour your own beverage of any kind and relax!

OUR RECIPE FOR A “BLUEBERRY THYME GIN FIZZ”
The gin fizz is a simple recipe, and can be infinitely dressed up, similar to a martini or a smash. In this case, we’ve got lots of lemon thyme in the patio garden, and lots of blueberries, so we’re dressing our fizzes up with those!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Gin (I used Empress 1908)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (more or less as desired for sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Club soda
  • Lemon slice or lemon twist, extra blueberries, thyme sprig to garnish

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, blueberries, and thyme leaves. Make sure to smash the blueberries up well!
  • Pour into a glass over ice (I choose not to strain the muddled mixture, but you can certainly strain into the glass as well).
  • Top with a splash of club soda.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice, fresh blueberries and a sprig of fresh thyme.

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Siglocktail 7-21-20: the Ginger Rogers

 
Tomorrow night at 6pm PST for our SIGLERinPLACE livestream, I’ll be making a couple of Ginger Rogers when our show starts. Feel free to join us, make a Shirley Temple version, or just pour your own beverage of any kind and relax!

Also, we’re celebrating National Junk Food Day, so get your favorites ready!

OUR RECIPE FOR A “GINGER ROGERS”
The Ginger Rogers has a cousin that’s a bit simpler, without the ginger simple syrup, so don’t fret if you don’t have (and don’t want to make) the syrup. That’s called a Gin Gin Mule, and it’s also yummy.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. gin (I’ll use St. George’s Terroir)
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. ginger syrup (omit this ingredient for the Gin Gin Mule)
  • 2 oz. ginger ale I used Fever Tree
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1 mint sprig
  • 1 slice fresh lemon

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™

  • Combine the mint leaves and ginger syrup in the bottom of a glass. (Just muddle the mint leaves if you don’t make/have the syrup!)
  • Using a muddler or a spoon, lightly crush the mint leaves to release their oils.
  • Add the gin and lemon juice and stir.
  • Add the ice.
  • Add the ginger ale and stir.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and a mint sprig if desired.

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FIRE IS ORANGE Q&A

Scott and ARealGirl answer all y’all’s questions about FIRE IS ORANGE, the Siglerverse, short stories, “who would win in a fight between,” and we also give some various updates on all the things. (And check out the bottom of this post for the two real-world Siglerverse recipes we mention during the ‘cast!)

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SHOW NOTES:
The Empty Setter, created by Dan Baker:

  • 2 ounces Michter’s American bourbon
  • 1/4 ounces simple syrup (Dan uses caramel simple syrup OMG so good!) .
  • 2-4 dashes of sarsaparilla bitters

Combine all ingredients and stir with a big rock of ice.

Ma Tweedy’s Tuna Noodle Casserole (created by Ma Sigler)

  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 cans (about 5 ounces each ) tuna in water, drained
  • 4 ounces (about 2 cups) medium egg noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup crushed potato chips

How to Batch It Up!

  1. Combine all ingredients but the potato chips in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
  2. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, stir, and sprinkle potato chips on top of mixture.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes or until the potato chips are golden brown.

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THE REEF Episode #11

Thanks to Dirk Tolouse, maker of Schmechs™, Chai and Goolie survived their Date with Dottie. Now, Goolie, Chai and their few allies go head-to-head with Gabriel, Donnie, Wital the Hammer, Valenti and a passel of Valenti’s goons. Turn the burner to “high,” as we head into the last two episodes of THE REEF.

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THE REEF Episode #10

Chai and Goolie brought their badges and bad attitudes to Break My Back, where they — literally — laid down the law. Now, the marshalls set out to reunite with the one woman who took care of Chai time and time again.

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Pre-order GFL Book VI — THE GANGSTER

Signed, numbered, limited-edition hardcover

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Problems ordering?
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Buy the book without the code, then email us and we’ll apply that coupon later (today is insane for us, but we have you covered).

Publication Date
We don’t have it scheduled yet. At the latest, THE GANGSTER will ship prior to April 1. 2020.

Audiobook?
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EARTHCORE Episode #41

Veronica Reeves lowered the orb to the bottom of the shaft, and now the orb is about to fulfill its ancient purpose — the Rocktopi will not be taken alive. Connell is trying to escape the tunnels. O’Doyle and Lybrand are farther up the Linus Highway. They are badly wounded, and just stripped Angus Kool […]

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EARTHCORE Episode #39

Connell Kirkland, Bertha Lybrand and Patrick O’Doyle made it through the ancient ship, but on the far side they spotted a heavily armed Kayla Meyers, and she isn’t there to rescue them. Kayla’s hunt for camp survivors is about to come to a grizzly end. Veronica Reeves didn’t make it through the ship. She thinks she’s figured out a way to make the rockopi pay for killing her father. She’s going to wipe them out, all of them and doesn’t care who else dies in the process

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EARTHCORE Episode #38

Kayla Meyers’ future is on the line as she descends deeper into the Linus Highway, looking for Angus Kool and any other survivors. Angus is almost out of the hellhole that is the Dense Mass Cavern and the maze of tunnels. Finally, Angus and Kayla will meet face-to-face. Veronica, Connell, Bertha and O’Doyle are still in the tunnels, in an underground, river being washed through the ancient wreck of the rocktopi ship. Bertha and O’Doyle are at death’s door, barely hanging on. Veronica burns at the loss of Sanji — will she find a way to get revenge?

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EARTHCORE Episode #37

The silverbugs just attacked Bertha Lybrand and Patrick O’Doyle. He destroyed them, but not before they slashed Lybrand, cutting her bad, slicing off fingers. Angus Kool could have helped, but instead he fled into the underground river and was swept away into the ancient, ruined Rocktopi ship. The horde of monsters is still outside the Dense Mass Cavern, held at bay only by ancient superstitions, but how long can that last?

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EARTHCORE Episode #36

Miles below the surface, Dr. Veronica Reeves has come face to face with her life’s work, but in a way she could have never imagined. Facing detailed carvings covered with strange symbols, can she finally piece together the history of the rocktopi. Angus and Randy are faced with a standoff against a new enemy, one that has been stalking them since they entered the massive, ruined ship. Meanwhile, Bertha Lybrand watches over a wounded Patrick O’Doyle — with his injuries and failing KoolSuit, will he live out the day?

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EARTHCORE Episode #34

A horde of rocktopi are hot on the heels Connell, Bertha, Patrick, Veronica and Sanji. Patrick is badly injured — will his wounds slow him enough for the rocktopi to cut him down? All five are out of ammo. They race for the Dense Mass Cavern, hoping they can, somehow, find shelter before it’s too late. Will they make it?

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