Photo Credit: Madelynne Ross/Black Restaurant Week, LLC

Like Water For Chocolate & Strawberries

The 2020 Limited Wood Finisher’s Release of Maker’s Mark, which marries stave profiles SE4 & PR5 together, made this duo the absolute perfect spirit for my cocktail. This smooth expression enhances the natural vanilla and caramel signature flavors of Maker’s Mark and puts them at the forefront. When she’s sad, her food tastes of salty tears and when she is happy and in love, you taste it. Tita’s most beloved recipe Quail in Rose Petal Sauce is the inspiration. With fusions of chocolate and strawberries, my love language, this drink hits different notes all combined perfectly with one sip. May we all experience love like this.

Glassware: Martini Glass.

  • 1 oz Maker’s Mark 2020 or Maker’s Mark 46
  • 1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz strawberry rose simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz almond milk

Rim half of glass in chocolate syrup, freeze, Add 4 slices of infused strawberries to the bottom of the glass. Add strawberry rose simple syrup, almond milk, Godiva chocolate liqueur & Maker’s Mark

Shake vigorously with Love, double strain into a chilled martini glass.

Strawberry Rose Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 3/4 cup rose water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Pinch salt

Simmer on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove cinnamon sticks. Let cool. Strain. Reserve the one cup of (sliced) strawberries from the infused syrup. Refrigerate syrup. It can last for one month.

Garnish: Rose Petals on Glass (adhere with honey or chocolate sauce) & Chocolate Covered Strawberries or Fresh Strawberries.


Pia Days started bartending at La Louissane Creole Restaurant thirteen years ago. Eight years ago she become a mobile bartender and has continued to make cocktails at events all throughout Los Angeles. Pia started the #SavageCocktailChallenge during the pandemic to virtually share cocktails that her audience could make in their home! Classy, Bougie & Ratchet Cocktails! Follow her on  Instagram.

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