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Drinking and Making Cocktails with Brookbartending

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.

Bazooka Joe Ingredients

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

Bazooka Joe Shot

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!

Lotus Espresso:
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

Lotus Espresso

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.

(Left) Apricot Bliss

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!

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