Aafke's explosive cocktails

Pornstar Martini

How would you describe your life in 5 sentences? From birth to this day.

‘It all started in Tilburg the Netherlands where I lived with my mom, dad and sister. During my career, I’ve traveled through Europe and loved every second of it, even the trips where I was delayed for 2 hours and complaining about wanting to go home.’ 

‘I can’t seem to dedicate myself to just one hobby so I’ve tried lots of different things, from paint by numbers, playing the guitar, learning Spanish, gardening (growing chilies), knitting, etc. and just ended up accepting that unlike everyone else, I don’t stop at one.’

‘34 years into my life I fell in love with a British man and after him trying, but not adapting to life in the Netherlands, we moved to England. Nowadays, we live in Stratford-upon-Avon and spend our days enjoying life and doing everything we love to do.’

After many attempts, the kitchen was a disaster area, we got it just right. That is when we started taking pictures of cocktails.

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You have not worked at Sofico for very long. Why do your background and experience fit Sofico?

‘At my previous job, I also used to work with people all over Europe. I started off working with Sales, became part of their team, then went back to a separate position, with the additional factor of having to work with different cultures across Europe.’

‘As a person, I am always full of energy and have a bright outlook on things. I love being part of a team but also love being able to resolve something by myself. I hope that my background with the customer experience and supporting Sales will be of help in Sofico’s further growth and satisfying customers.’

Top secret? This one I can’t share as the recipe is still a secret.

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You're working on a book about cocktails. Where does that passion come from? Details, please!

‘You know that feeling when you are somewhere new and want to try something new? A cocktail is almost always amazing, especially while on vacation. One time, I think in Paris, we remembered to take a picture of the cocktail menu so we could try to replicate the amazing cocktail we had at home.’

‘After many attempts, the kitchen was a disaster area, we got it just right. That is when we started taking pictures of cocktails. Now we are masters in creating our inventions.’

‘The book I’m working on contains all these cocktails, a few shots, and lovely drinks you can make in batch for parties. Every drink in the book has its own personal story with it. Currently, we’re trying to make some real progress with the book, and every weekend we pick a cocktail to perfect.’

Explain to us your favorite 3 cocktails and how you make them?

Picking just 3 is quite hard as there are so many good ones, but here are some of my favorites:

1. Tiki

This was the cocktail that started it all. To serve 2 you need 1 double shot of apricot brandy, 2 double Brugal rum, 150ml of passionfruit juice, 150 ml tropical, 1 single shot of lime juice. Mix in a cocktail shaker and pour the mixture over the ice in two hurricane glasses.

2. Pornstar martini

We are still perfecting the measurements, but it has vanilla vodka, Passoã, lime juice, and vanilla syrup. It needs some actual passionfruit pulp as well (to gain the thickness) and as a bonus an additional shot of prosecco.

3. Top secret

This one I can’t share as the recipe is still a secret ;)

‘To make up for it, there is this shot I love that tastes just like apple pie:  Equal parts of Liquor 43, apple juice, apfelcorn, and then add some cream on top with a little bit of cinnamon for a drink that tastes like dessert.’

I love dressing up, costume-style, and this one time, during Halloween, we pulled off an amazing outfit.

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Can we be expecting the 'Sofico Socket cocktail soon? Or do you have a better name for your invention to be?

‘That is a great idea. Maybe we can get some suggestions and favorite drinks to create an original Sofico cocktail. But it’ll have to be without Whisky, I just don’t like the taste of it.’

What is to be found on your (secret) bucket list?

‘Well, I love dressing up, costume-style, and this one time, during Halloween, we pulled off an amazing outfit. Ever since I want to create an outfit that at least matches that very season. So maybe not really a bucket list thing but still something I really love and look forward to.’

‘Just like quite a few other people, I hope we can get back to traveling soon. Once we can jump on a plane again, I would like to go visit New Orleans, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. I love casinos and not for gambling, I just love the lights, sounds, and atmosphere. Something about all that gives me an energy rush.’

What do you wish for your colleagues for the coming period? Don’t you dare to use the word COVID!

‘I wish for everyone to live their dream and reach their goals, but mainly for everyone to be happy.’

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