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!

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!


  • 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!

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!


  • 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!

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.


  • 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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Siglocktail 7-14-20: the French 75

Join us tonight at 6pm for our SIGLERinPLACE livestream. Here is the beverage the amazing ARealGirl will be making tonight 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! And hey, it’s National Mac & Cheese day!

The French 75 is a sparkling cocktail that’s perfect before, during and after your eggs Benedict. This is one classic you’ll want to rediscover again and again.


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces Champagne or other sparkling wine
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™

  • Put all the goodies except for Champagne into a shaker with ice.
  • Shake it up, shake it.
  • Strain into a Champagne flute.
  • Top it off with the Champagne.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Ma Sigler’s Revenge…

#1 NYT Bestsellers Scott Sigler and James Patterson combine to write a tale of a girl's love for her favorite unicorn.A few years back, I did an April Fool’s joke where I said I was writing a YA novel with James Patterson. I thought no one would believe this. I thought this was a very transparent gag, but you know what? People did believe it – including my mom, who loves Patterson books. She was very excited. When I finally told her it was just a joke, she was not happy with her youngest child.

She swore she would get revenge…

Don’t see the video above? Click here to download it. This video sponsored by our “GoDaddy Coupon” page.

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New book release: FIRE IS ORANGE

Ten short stories, including five never-before-seen stories

FIRE IS ORANGE short story collection

We gots new fiction for you! FIRE IS ORANGE is the third installment of our “Color Series” shot story anthologies. Five brand-new stories, Scott’s first-ever published fiction, and a couple of rarities thrown in for good measure.

eBook: Currently available for Kindle (other eBook formats coming soon).

Audiobook: Stories narrated by Ray Porter, Scott […]

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Pre-order GFL Book VI — THE GANGSTER

Signed, numbered, limited-edition hardcover

Click here to pre-order GFL Book VI.

Or click the pre-order button at right.


Problems ordering?
If you have trouble, email us. If you reach out by any other method, we won’t see it today.

ALIVE coupon code trouble?
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.

The audiobook release will coincide with the hardcover release. Scott will be narrating the audiobook.

With purchase of the hardcover, you get the eBook for free when the hardcover publishes.

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25% off holiday sale!

>Save 25% on T-shirts, paperbacks, hardcovers an sticker packs!

Save 25% on paperbacks, hardcovers, T-shirts and sticker packs. Boom, we’re dishing deals! Fill the holes in your bookshelf, or stock up on holiday gifts for your team — at $7.50 per paperback (or $37.50 f0r all five), you can give kick-ass presents and make out like a moolah-bandit.

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My “The Problem With Apu” script

Written for a Simpsons spec script contest


If you’re a Simpsons fan (or you have spent basically any time on social media, ever), you might be familiar with controversy over the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from THE SIMPSONS.

Apu, the operator of the famed Kwik-E-Mart, is a …

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A scoring system for writers

Or: "How to actually be happy with this frustrating job"

This post is about being happy, productive and successful in your creative life.

I put that topic sentence right up front because this is a long post, worth reading for all creatives (but especially you writer-types). This post is about my “scoring system,” which I devised to help me from tearing my own eyes out from […]

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