Bottoms up! In this episode I’m drinking with Brook from @brookbartending on Instagram. I reached out to her a few weeks back after I’d seen her beautiful pictures of her cocktails on her Instagram page @brookbartending. She was kind enough to spend some time chatting with me early for me and late for her! Brook is in England so we had a pretty big time difference. Being 11 am for me and 9 in the evening for her, I was getting my day started with a few drinks and she was ending hers. I asked Brook to send me a few drinks that we would have while recording and she sent me three that I have now decided will be part of my regular rotation. Feeling like a bartender for the first time, I had fun using my shaker to mix a couple of cocktails as well as one shot. We started off with a Bazooka Joe shot.
This one deliciously tastes like Bazooka Gum and is a striking blue color. Made with equal parts Blue Curacao, Banana Liqueur, and Baileys this drink is delicious and super easy to drink. I’ve made this a few times since trying this for the first time with Brook. I ended up using a little bottle of Baileys and since it’s equal parts, my drink ended up being two shots. The recipe below is what I used to make these two shots.
Bazooka Joe Shot:
1.5 oz (45ml) Baileys
1.5 oz (45ml) Banana Liqueur
1.5 oz (45ml) Blue Curacao
After we took our shot, we started drinking the two cocktails that Brook had sent me which I was so excited to try. The first was a Lotus Espresso, Brook especially liked this one as it’s sweeter than an Espresso Martini. I definitely agreed and enjoyed it immensely. She made hers with decaf coffee as it was so late, but I was thankful for the caffeine boost. I had never had amaretto before and thoroughly enjoyed each and every part of this cocktail!
1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Vodka (I used Pau vodka from Maui)
1 oz (30 ml) coffee liqueur
1/2 oz (15ml) maple syrup
1 oz (30ml) freshly made espresso (hot)
dash of sugar syrup
Add all ingredients together, shake with ice then strain into a glass
When we had first spoken about doing the podcast, I had asked Brook if she could come up with a cocktail to use some apricot jam that I had laying around that needed to be used up. As I asked about her process she said that sometimes when she’s trying to come up with a new recipe she will look in her liqueur cabinet and just look at what she thinks would pair well together. The cocktail she ended up with was a delicious drink aptly called Apricot Bliss.
1 heaped tsp apricot jam
1 1/2 oz (45 ml) vodka
3/4 oz (22.5 ml) amaretto
Add the vodka and jam into glass and mix until it’s slightly dissolved. Then add the amaretto. Add some ice and top the whole thing off with some tonic.
I very much enjoyed my time chatting with Brook and we’ve discussed having a monthly cocktail episode. 2020 has been an interesting year, but I’m thankful for having met Brook and had a chance to talk to her. I’m looking forward starting 2021 with many more new cocktails made with Brook and her expertise in cocktail making skills!