Making your own sauces and dressings is much easier than you think. It's also cheaper. Many restaurants make their own salad dressings, but I tried my hand at cocktail sauce. Of course it's the perfect dipper for shrimp, but can used with other dishes as well. I'm not a big fan of ketchup, but any dish using ketchup can be zipped up with cocktail sauce. Yes, even French fries.
Homemade Cocktail Sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 T. (heaping) horseradish
2 T. lemon juice
In a small bow with a lid, combine all ingredients, mixing until well blended.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
This can easily be done in advance and is good served with cooked, chilled shrimp or as a dipping sauce.