Spotlight on Signature Cocktails: Blake Pope’s Netflix & Pillow Talk

For January, get major wedding cocktail inspo from master barman Blake Pope

Updated 01/23/18

Blake Pope

Introducing Brides’s newest foodie-celebrating series, in which we bring beautiful, handcrafted, Instagram-approved signature cocktails to you four times a week! Each month, we’ll shine a spotlight on two master mixologists and their one-of-a-kind libations, with recipes and tips on how you can incorporate these signature beverages into your wedding menu, engagement party, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or just an extra-sweet night at home in the kitchen together. For January, the master mixologist and general manager of lauded North Carolina eatery Kindred continues to blow us out of the water with eight boozy beauties to keep you and your guests sipping and swinging all evening long. Stay tuned to hear from more of your favorite bartenders across the country (and beyond!)—because, as we all know, the drinks really do make the wedding.

Netflix & Pillow Talk


  • 11⁄2 oz. gin
  • 1⁄2 oz. apple brandy
  • 1⁄2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 oz. vanilla-infused simple syrup*
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 dash Scrappy’s Bitters lavender bitters
  • 1 fresh sage leaf

Dry shake all ingredients except sage leaf. Add ice for a hard shake. Double strain into coupe glass and garnish with sage.

*Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups water

2 cups sugar

3 vanilla beans

Combine water and sugar in medium pot over medium-low heat. Bring to simmer and cook until sugar dissolves. Scrape vanilla beans into syrup, stir and strain.

As the beverage director and general manager of Kindred and Hello, Sailor, Blake Pope is always looking to push the envelope when it comes to delicious, artfully crafted cocktails. Pope finds his inspiration when creating cocktails from chef and owner Joe Kindred, by matching his creations with both restaurants’ seasonal menus, allowing the ingredients do the talking, with innovative yet approachable cocktails that complement the cuisine. Pope, who is a big fan of working with great vermouths, fortified wines, and Amari, believes in an understated cocktail menu and lives by the “less is more” approach. “Execution is a big part in what makes a good drink great,” he says. “That and genuine hospitality behind the bar.” Pope uses his talents to help tell the stories of these fabulous family-owned and operated restaurants. Follow him on Instagram @mblakepope, along with Kindred @kindredrestaurant and Hello, Sailor @hellosailornc.

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