Palsy Walsy Shooters for Mark (Manggy)

by on January 11, 2009


This is open apology letter to our dear, smart, funny, handsome, brilliant, blog buddy, Dr. Mark.

Dear Mark,

Hello, how are you? Do you still remember us?  We’re those wacky blog folks that you met in Los Angeles way back in October of 2008. It’s been quite a while since our meeting and worse yet, it’s taken us this long to finally write about it and share with the blog world that we met with the AMAZING MARK from!

What a fun evening that was eating at Honda-Ya Izakaya in Downtown Los Angeles and whisking you through the streets of LA in our 350,000 mile (put, put) Toyota-mobile! Sorry we didn’t get a chance to bring the motorcycle, or else you would certainly have had the RIDE OF YOUR LIFE along the crazy freeways of LA.

But since you were taking some seriously brain-cracking Medical exams in the wee hours of the next morning, we had to take care of you and do to what was relatively safe: eat good Japanese pub food and a slow, 35 mile/hour tour of the town. Besides, we do have to keep our future Physician safe and fed! ;)

We’re so sorry for taking so long (excuses, excuses) to finally get around to this post. To make up for it, we made a cocktail for you here from the wonderful Philippino bar cocktail book that you gifted to us! It’s fantastic!! THANK YOU! With some fresh kalamansi limes ready and waiting in the kitchen, we made the Palsy Walsy cocktail from the book and divided into 3 shooters: one for you and each of us.

Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, warm heart, humor , friendship and taking the time out of your BUSY Los Angeles visit to spend with us. We’re so fortunate to have finally met up with you and shared a meal. You have many, many blog fans out there (besides us!) and we hope that, one day, they get the lucky opportunity to meet you too. We truly mean every word of this.

Here’s three shooter cheers to you Mark!


Diane and Todd

Read Mark’s post on his trip to Los Angeles!


This great cocktail book that Mark gave us, “The little Philippine bar book” has some fun, exotic cocktails.  Filled with exotic fruits mixed with tasty alcohols, it’s a wonderful book to drink your way through.  Here’s the Palsy Walsy Kalamansi lime cocktail to give you a preview.  The only change we’ve made is to shake it with ice and serve them as shooters.  This  kalamansi lime cocktail recipe should make about 2 shooters or 1 cocktail.


Palsy Walsy Kalamansi Lime Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1 jigger Vodka (@ 1.5 oz.)
  • 1/2 jigger Triple Sec
  • 1/2 jigger Gin
  • 1/2 jigger Kalamansi lime juice
  • 1/3 jigger simple syrup


  1. Mix all ingredients together in an old fashioned glass and stir.  Add ice.  Garnish with slice of kalamansi  lime or spiral of orange zest. Enjoy!
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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kitt January 12, 2009 at 12:14 am

How fun! Just what the doctor ordered.

Where the heck do you find those limes? Oh wait, let me guess … your back yard? Kumquats would make a cute garnish, too, maybe.


2 Manggy January 12, 2009 at 4:28 am

Ho ho ho! It’s 30 minutes from my FIRST interview EVah and I find this! (What am I doing surfing before the big day?) Aww, pshaw, you guys are too kind/generous with the praise… Just the thing for before the interview, heh heh. Wish me luck!
I was actually wondering how different this cocktail would look with our usual kalamansi colors (green) but using orangeish fruit, it has an eerie, beautiful glow! And GREAT shot too guys!
Thanks again for showing me a great time and feeding me delicious food (urp) all those, uh, 3 months ago ;) I hope we’ll meet up again someday :)


3 robin // caviar and codfish January 12, 2009 at 5:48 am

Gorgeous shooters!! Jim and I have just started to get into cocktail recipes… this sounds amazing. Just gotta find myself from kalamansi. Thanks guys.


4 maggie January 12, 2009 at 7:32 am

Oh, yum. Wish I had a garden full of those things…


5 Jonathan Looi January 12, 2009 at 9:24 am

the cocktail looks great… may I have a glass?

btw, I’m trying to drop you an mail at TD at whiteonricecouple, but the mail did bounce back state mail box full. :p …. Do you mind to drop us a line? Thanks.


6 mallory elise January 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

haha! what a great story, i love it when bloggers meet :) makes me feel like less of a creeper! hehe. those things look more like kumquats…cute photos!


7 Toni January 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

Hi Diane and Todd – I think I’ll take all 3 of those cocktails, thank you very much. It’s been a long time since I’ve been here, but each time I come, I find my mouth watering. And I THINK I emailed you and thanked you for the cinnamon, but just in case I didn’t, THANKS! I’ve been using it regularly in my chai and loving it!


8 Marvin January 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I’m sad we couldn’t all have met at the same time that day! But Mark was a blast to hang out with wasn’t he? And great looking cocktails, as usual. Kalamansi juice is the best!


9 alina January 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Sounds delicious….all of them! Love the free-spirited humor on your blog and the mouth-watering food stories. I lived in California a few years ago, and your blog makes me nostalgic!


10 Nate January 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Nice! I don’t often see kalamansi around here…maybe I’m not looking in the right places. It goes great on grilled fish.


11 Becky January 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

this cocktail looks so quenching. i’ve actually only had one drink with kalamansi lime before, but i remember it was delicious. definitely going into my mental recipe box.


12 Heather January 12, 2009 at 5:37 pm

mmmm. those look so good! i love a creative cocktail. yours are beautiful!

diane – are we still on for your galavanting article? let me know! H


13 Food Woolf January 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Oh boy, those kalamansi look soooooo good and juicy! I want to taste! Can’t wait to go to the farmer’s market and find me a handful to make this tempting drink!


14 joey January 13, 2009 at 1:07 am

A fan of Mark here too! We live in the same country and I haven’t met him but perhaps will track him down one day (hehe)! Those shooters look delicious! I love fresh kalamansi juice :)


15 anya January 13, 2009 at 1:23 am

Folks, you are the boozyade angels, do you know that? :)

Here is to a peacuful and also adventurous New Year to you!


16 Jesse January 13, 2009 at 11:46 am

T & D, I am SO SORRY that we were unable to meet up while I was back in LA!!! Ahh, I’m still kicking myself for missing the chance to see the wonder couple live in action! *sobs* Well anyway, I hope this message finds you well, and here’s to a rich, lively 2009.

(Speaking of which, I MIGHT be back in February for a short while to sort out Pemby’s final papers and whisk him back to Oxford with me. Maybe we can arrange something then!)


17 Andrea January 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm

What a great cocktail and fantastic photos!


18 Marc @ NoRecipes January 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Looks great, I imagine these limes taste different/better than regular limes? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them before.


19 Mochachocolatarita January 14, 2009 at 12:57 am

Jealous jealous jealous jealous…..
Oh my, I am imagining what kinda drink we’d make if we ever meet up…maybe I’ll make you drink Kecap Manis flavored cocktails muuuaahahahahaha


*drinking Dr.Manggy’s cocktails*


20 mikky January 14, 2009 at 3:37 am

great photography… cheers!!! :)


21 Chez US - January 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Not sure what Kalamansi juice is, but these look great & are probably refreshing on a HOT day! Great catching up with you the other day! Chat soon!


22 Kristen January 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Those shooters sound tasty! I have never craved alcohol with any of my other pregnancies, but this one I’m craving a stiff drink so badly! These would be good right about now!


23 Cakelaw January 15, 2009 at 12:56 am

A fun post – love it!


24 Sandie January 15, 2009 at 11:39 am

Gorgeous + Cocktails = I’ll take 2!

I just love it when you feature cocktails in addition to your recipes. I always think about featuring more cocktails myself, but never seem to get around to it. Maybe less baking and more drinking is in order? :-) Happy 2009 Todd & Diane!


25 Irene January 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Those photos are fantastic! Any chance you know a good lychee cocktail recipe?


26 Jesse January 17, 2009 at 5:20 am

I’m jealous!!! When will it be my turn!


27 Rachel February 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Vodka AND gin? This drink looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for posting!


28 Steve Carlson June 5, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I planted a kalamansi tree because of this posting, and I just love these little fruit. The tree just buds and fruits and buds and fruits and buds and fruits. It’s non-stop. I’ve found my favorite kalamansi drink is quite simple — squeeze one into a diet coke, on the rocks. It’s absolutely perfect.


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