This Jacked Monkey Cocktail will bring a smile to your face. It’s made with Bailey’s Original, Creme De Banane, Espresso, and Ice Cream. Yeah, Ice Cream.
How is it March already? Have you ever had a month where, by the end of it, you’re surprised that you’ve survived? That’s what February felt like for me. It’s months like those where you just need to open up your liquor cabinet and create a drink that’s just so darn comforting that the Care Bears would shine their little tummies upon you. When you have a shitty month there should be no rules and no obligations to make a ‘classy’ cocktail. Just make something tasty. That’s what I did with this Jacked Monkey Cocktail.
So what made my month so crae-crae? I’ll try to explain.
First; my foster job doubled my caseload over the course of 2 weeks back in January. At first, I was able to manage it, but haven't been recently. You may have read my post back in January where I talked about these new kids. Over the course of my time with them, new information has risen. It’s the kind of stuff that the writers of Criminal Minds would go banana’s over. That shit get’s in your head and messes you up. I feel like I’m in a movie or something. This can’t be real? Can it? I've found it difficult to write about food or beer or cider or anything. It seems so superficial when I know what those kids have been through. I’ve managed to watch a lot of HGTV while eating junk food to get my mind off it. (Un)fortunately, the kids are moving to a different home this week, and I won’t be working with them anymore. I foresee that this month will be considerably better regarding my mental state because I won't have the same proximity to the situation. I hope the best for them, and they get the kind of care and support they desperately need.
Second; the world seemingly went to shit overnight when Trump became president. Since then I haven’t been able to write much. I tried. I actually posted an article describing how I was trying to make sense of everything but in the end I decided to take it down. For the 6 of you that did read it, you probably understand why I eventually took it down. Who wants to read about politics/religion on a food blog? I just want to eat and drink with good people. The End. It’s like what I said in my Taste Canada post, Food brings us together. I believe that eating a meal with people who are diabolically opposed to you will change you and help you to start looking for ways to build bridges, not walls. I want to be part of building those bridges. Who’s coming for dinner?
Third; A unique business opportunity came my way. It unexpectedly took a lot more of my creative energy than I thought. It’s been good and life giving, especially after everything that’s been going on. It’s been a healthy and welcomed distraction! It’s funny how when everything is going mad around you, you find ways to feel alive. This month, it took the form of building live edge wood furniture. Thank God. My friend and I are very excited about this opportunity and we’re working hard to get more products available. Stay tuned; it’s going to be grand. (We hope!)
This month has felt like it was hi-jacked by a highly accurate poop slinging monkey. Even though February was full of competing situations and emotions I’m thankful for it because I know it’s making me into the person I want to be. Plus, when you’re confronted with a highly accurate poop slinging monkey, you make a cocktail out of it. A Jacked Monkey Cocktail. That’s how the saying goes, right?
Jacked Monkey Cocktail
3 Ounces, Espresso
4 Ounces, Bailey's Orginal
1 Ounce, Creme de Banane
1 Teaspoon, Cocoa Powder
6 1 Ounce Scoops of Vanilla Icecream
It's time to get classy. Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker and 4 scoops of Icecream. Put the top on the shaker and shake until everything is happy. Pour mixture into martini glasses, so you feel extra special. Place an extra scoop of vanilla Icecream on top to garnish and sprinkle with some more cocoa powder. Drink and be happy and feel that caffine and sugar pulse through your viens. You. Are. Welcome.