Classy? No. Fun? You bet. Fire when ready.
Brisbane bar raisers Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau brought a small slice of Brooklyn deliciousness to a Brisbane city laneway in the spring with the opening of Red Hook. The American-inspired venture is all about casual New York-style street-eats, but with such seasoned drinks wranglers in at the helm (the duo co-owns Public), there's a healthy respect for fun booze, too. While the original Flaming Dr Pepper cocktail combines amaretto, coke and beer in an Old Fashioned or rocks glass, Red Hook's version offers a little more bang for buck. As Bonnie Shearston puts it - if you're looking for a sophisticated cocktail, look away now. If you're looking for a good time, bombs away. Red Hook, 3/88 Creek St, Brisbane, Qld, (07) 3220 0462. FIONA DONNELLY
Pour 35ml of amaretto into a shot glass. Float 10ml of Goslings 151 rum on the top. Light the shot (carefully!). Pour half a can or bottle of Budweiser into a glass and drop the shot into the beer. Shoot the lot. Boom!