Photo Credit: Madelynne Ross/Black Restaurant Week, LLC


The We’ve got Something in Common duo is a love story, inspired by the R&B artists Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston’s track by the same name. It is a chat of dainty lightness and smooth ruggedness, utilizing common ground to bring it all together. The commonality in both beverages is the use of Orgeat (Almond) syrup & blackberry juice. The mocktail titled Passionate has berry notes with hints of mint. The cocktail titled Love features Maker’s Mark® smoothness to carry the lime-heavy simple beverage. Together this duo makes Passionate Love with their similar notes.

Glassware: Rocks Glass

  • 2 oz Blackberry Juice
  • 1 oz Orgeat (Almond) Syrup
  • 1.5 oz Makers Mark
  • 1 oz Lime Juice

Place ingredients in a shaker. Place your ice sphere, containing your lime wedge into your glass. Strain mixture into the rocks glass. Add a splash of the Italian Blood Orange Soda. Garnish side of glass with candied strawberry & blackberry.

Orgeat Syrup

Place half a pound to 1 pound of almonds into a food processor & process until you get a fine powder. Add this powder to 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water and cook for 30-45 minutes on medium until the mixture reduces by half. Place in strainer to remove the almond powder and store syrup in squeeze bottle. Set aside. One can also purchase Orgeat (Almond) syrup as well.

Blackberry Juice

Add a pint of blackberries to a blender and blend well. Strain all the seeds out into a mason jar & seal. Refrigerate until needed

Garnish: Candied berries: Take 2 cups of granulated sugar, 1 cup of water and ½ cup of light corn syrup and add to a pot. Cook until the mixture reaches 300 degrees via a candy thermometer. Upon reaching 300 degrees, place the pot into an ice bath until the mixture stops bubbling and then remove the pot from the ice bath. Carefully dip the berries (blackberries & strawberries with green still on) into the mixture, covering them completely, allowing the excess sugar to drip off. Cool on wax paper sprayed with oil for easy removal later.


Marlena Miko Richardson has been in the industry for over 15 years from bars to lounges to the creation of my own custom mixology business. She was the first minority woman owned fully licensed & insured full service beverage company in Kansas City. She has worked on both sides of the business from R&D at a local distillery & seeing my creations on the shelves as a Distilled Beverage Specialist to working with brands as they introduce their beverages to the city by utilizing my skills as a mixologist. Follow her on  Instagram.

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