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Francis Nicdao Shares Cocktail Recipe for Housing Works’ Design on A Dime


Design on a Dime showcases top designers creating stunning room vignettes using donated furniture and décor items. Hosted by Housing Works, a nonprofit organization fighting AIDS and homelessness, the event aims to raise funds for their charitable initiatives through the sale of these designer-decorated items. Attendees have the opportunity to shop these one-of-a-kind creations while supporting a worthy cause. The event combines creativity, philanthropy, and shopping for a unique and impactful experience in the interior design world.


This year, Francis Nicdao, Principal & Chief Creative Officer, was a contributor to AAPI Design Alliance‘s installation. Designer Tina Ramchandani created a home cocktail lounge with a year of the dragon color palette, featuring drawings by Naomi Otsu. We are honored to be of the selected few who contributed a cocktail recipe to be showcased around the space.

Design on a Dime, Photo by Daniel Dwang
Design on a Dime, Photo by Daniel Dwang
Drawing by Naomi Otsu
Drawing by Naomi Otsu

My Spicy Filipino Margarita⁠

2 ounces of good Tequila⁠
¾ ounce of Calamansi Juice, in lieu of lime- fresh if possible!⁠
½ ounce of Triple Sec⁠
½ ounce of Tamarind Syrup⁠
½ ounce of Agave⁠
1 Jalapeno, sliced thin⁠
Tajin to rim your glass⁠

“Calamansi is Filipino lime. It’s much smaller and tastes like a combination of lemon, lime, and orange. I prefer to serve this drink straight up into a chilled glass.” -Francis Nicdao⁠

Design on a Dime, Photo by Daniel Dwang
Design on a Dime, Photo by Daniel Dwang

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