Green Dream

Dale DeGroff, The New Craft of the Cocktail

This minty shooter is a variation of a drink called the Strepe Chepe, created by wedding planner and lifestyle personality Colin Cowie. “I worked many parties with Colin, and there was always a moment after midnight when everyone spent the rest of the night on the dance floor,” recalls Dale DeGroff. This one-gulp shot “was the perfect fuel to make all those dancing fools happy!”


Yield: 18 1 1/2 ounce shots

  • 6 ounces vodka, preferably Blue Shark
  • 2 ounces sake
  • 1 handful mint
  • 2 ounces triple syrup (see Editor's Note)
  • 2 ounces ginger syrup, preferably Monin
  • 4 ounces lemon juice 
  • 1 1/2 cups cracked ice

  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend at high speed until the drink is completely liquefied, with no mint bits.
  2. Serve in shot glasses.
Editor's Note

 Triple Syrup:
1 part simple syrup
½ part agave syrup
¼ part honey syrup  

Mix together. Keeps, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.

Agave Syrup:
Dissolve equal parts by volume of agave nectar and water.

Honey Syrup:
Combine 1 part honey with 1 part warm water and stir until all the honey is dissolved.  

Simple Syrup:
Dissolve equal parts by volume of granulated sugar and water. This can be done by the cold method
 of simply shaking the mixture until the sugar is dissolved or by warming the sugar and water in a saucepan without boiling.