Tootsie Roll

Part of the Christmas tradition in the Geek & Tonic household is that the last Friday of the Christmas break is reserved for a wild night of random shot making at home before inevitably falling asleep on the couch in our pj’s and dressing gowns, listening to whatever Spotify deigns to play us. This year was intended to be no exception and we were very much looking forward to it as the first half of our 2 weeks holiday was spent in a lurgy filled quarantine zone known as ‘The Bedroom’ and as such we had zero chance to drink anything other than tea or Beechams before then.

The flu was horrific, and very badly timed given the amount of delicious, fatty food and copious amounts of alcohol we had planned to eat and drink over Christmas, but no matter for we knew that Shot Friday was coming.

Although we did manage to make some shots, alas the disappointment of being an adult and having adult ‘responsibilities’ caught up to us and instead we found ourselves building IKEA furniture that had been purchased that day and being too darn tired to really put any effort into it.

So, last night I decided to peruse the ‘Shooters’ section of our Bar Bible in the hopes that something wonderful and tempting would call out to me. My husband was out of the house picking something up, so this was my chance to surprise him with a cheeky drink when he walked back in the front door.

That’s where the Tootsie Roll comes in.

So named for the American caramel sweet, this shot is very tasty and just slightly peculiar given the use of fresh orange juice in the recipe. I confess that I’ve never actually eaten a Tootsie Roll, but given the description online i’m a bit perplexed by the inclusion of anything citrus. The other two ingredients are sensible; vodka is tasteless, and crème de cacao is (obviously) the chocolate element – I personally used dark crème de cacao which should explain the brown and slightly strange colour of the drink, although I would still choose it over white crème de cacao to give it at least a tiny element of the original Tootsie Roll.

Overall, this drink is fruity, chocolatey and goes down a treat in one gulp, which we all should know is a winning combination when it comes to shots. I’m just not sure that ‘Tootsie Roll’ is the best name for it.


I would recommend a large shot glass.

The Recipe:

♦  ½ ounce vodka

♦  ½ ounce crème de cacao

♦  ½ ounce orange juice

Shake the ingredients together and then strain into a chilled shot glass. Drink in one go.

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