Spiced punch

I don't know many people that actually do love their day job. I mean, those job that you work for people. It so happen here at Sauce, almost like rare strike of luck, everyone in this team is so passionate about what they do and by that, putting in their daily best. It's the team that made Sauce Bar such a success!

I work with some of the hardest working, funny, dedicated, big-hearted people and the craziest, most down-to earth-bosses I have ever met in my entire working life. I am counting my lucky stars; imaging a work place with people you loathe - that's hell dull! Not here at Sauce, every day the team showed me how to be brave, be patient, have faith, and be strong– no matter what the issues where (Trust me, there were plenty of unimaginable-dumb-stupid-big-impossible issues). If you pay attention, and tackle each problem with heart and patience, you will learn something wonderful every day. Ask any restauranteur, running a new restaurant, is no easy matter. Everyday is a teeth grinding moment right up to the opening day, you would want to scream and pull everyone's hair out; luckily I hadn't done so. Your heart beats with the minute up to the closing at the end of the night; and you worry the next morning if the service staff had remembered to come for work, or if the produces comes in fresh.
As a matter of fact, my job isn't the most glamorous job not like what you'll image. I am grateful I do not need to dress well for work, the freedom to be in shorts and sneakers; sometimes even flip flops. I do not have lunch break because tasting beautiful things is a job requirement. I am allowed to have a drink on my desk. I can wake up at noon for work. I got invited to openings, test new wines and aged whiskeys; new food trends and sauces that suppliers had generously left us with. 

Some days, I swop on the white coat, head into the kitchen and play with food; fine tuning the menu with my chef. Those days I emerge smelling greasy and sweaty from the kitchen grit. Other days, I ditched my sneakers for heels for the designers meeting. The daily evolution came unexpected. Every day can be a huge challenge. There were plenty of uncertain moments that cause knuckle-crunching decision and finger-crossed moments. Eventually, all the hard work yields rewards like what the old sayings always say. I am grateful that everyone I've worked with have tremendous faith too. The enormous faith that empowers them to do the extraordinary; that brought us to the new Sauce Bar: the marvelous vintage bar

I might not be making the most money compared to people stuck in their cubicles all day, I don't do well in that. I am delighted to be able to change things here and there. To be able make people smile at the end of the night with the hearty food and delicious cocktail soirées we serve. I am proud to say I love what I do right down to the last tasty meatball on the plate at the end of the night with a glass of Hendrick's Soirée with my favorite freshly mixed mixer No.2 (pandan, lychee and lemon). 

Come Sauce Bar on the weekends. Order a Cocktail Soirée, choose from the eight freshly concoct mixes. Have a glass or three. Taste all of our homemade meatballs, I promise all the fresh good ingredients in there. Perhaps especially then, you will be amazed, like I always do.
Spiced Punch is perfect for the fall season - an adaptation of Sauce Bar's Hendrick's punch was developed exclusively for Sauce Bar by Hendricks Brand Ambassador, Erick Andersson.

Spiced Punch
Serves 8 in a punch bowl

3 teacups Hendrick's Gin
3 teacups Madeira Wine

5 cloves
3 cardamon pods
a pinch grated nutmeg
2 stick cinnamon
2 tablespoon brown sugar
Peel of 1 large lemon 
Peel of 1 orange
6 tablespoon honey
4 teacup water

lemon juice

Garnish with orange and lemon wheels and pineapple chunks

Combine all of the ingredients in "Spice" in a small pot and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Let cool and strain. Combine all the ingredients together in a punch bowl. Add ice, pineapple and float the citrus wheels garnishes. 

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Sauce Bar: 8 Raffles Ave, Esplanade #01-10-02, Singapore 039802

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