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Cheers: The Ricky!

La Vie Piquant

La vie piquant—the spicy life!  Everyday is filled with “piquant” moments that are pleasantly stimulation of exciting to the mind.  Whether it is in the form of food, style, design, love, entertaining, or any other inspiring idea or tangible object, “it” should be celebrated!  Here I will be sharing with you simple, beautiful, realistic, doable, and truly re-creatable recipes, entertaining ideas, and home décor pizzazz that will help you interject a little bit of “piquant” into your life – after all, we only live once.  Join me in living la vie piquant!

Cheers: The Ricky!

Marc J. Sievers

Say cheers with this Italian stallion of a drink!

So much of what I create in the kitchen is sparked from memories, both adult and childhood. I remember my dad (Ricky) always loved amaretto! As a child in the 80's, I remember the amaretto came in a black velvet box with a shiny lid that had a big red rose on the top. I actually still have some of those boxes that my dad gave me because I thought they were so incredibly fancy! My dad has since passed and those boxes now hold cards, letters, pictures, his cologne, and other small mementos of his life. It's a bitter-sweet feeling to look inside those velvet boxes, but when I do, the aroma of his cologne makes me feel like he is right there with me!

I share this story with you because I want you to make this cocktail often, enjoy it for celebrations, and toast with love! I also hope that this inspires you to invent your own recipe for someone special! It's never too late to commemorate a loved one, whether passed or present! Love is the best ingredient, so use it generously!

Share your story of inspiration in the comments below, I would love to learn what who has touched your life, and why.  You never know when your words will inspire others!

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Amaretto - 3 cups, divided, Disaronno® recommended
  • Grand Marnier® - 6 tablespoons. Divided
  • Orange Zest - For garnish
  • Orange Wedge - For garnish


  1. Fill 6 double old fashioned glasses with ice.  Pour ½ cup of amaretto into each glass.
  2. Splash with 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier®.
  3. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of orange zest and garnish with a fresh orange wedge.


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