As potent as they are delicious, these concoctions are guaranteed to ensure you have a pleasant, blissful sleep. By Satyaki Sarkar
The tradition of having a nightcap might no longer be prevalent today, but after a long, hard, day of work, there is certainly nothing like a delicious, quality shot of alcohol had with or after dinner dinner! Here are five great drinks that will help induce a peaceful and trouble-free sleep.
This drink, made famous by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City, is probably the most popular nightcap on this list, and definitely one of the most delicious. As easy to make as it is rousing, to create this wonderful concoction, you firstly need to add 2 oz Rye Whiskey, 1 oz Sweet vermouth, and 5 drops Angostura Bitters to a mixing glass and fill it with ice. Now all you need to do is stir well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a cherry!
2. New York Sour
Thought to have been created by a bartender in Chicago in the 1880s, this drink was originally known as Continental Sour and then renamed the Southern Whiskey Sour, before a bartender in Manhattan made it popular and the name New York Sour stuck on. Create this classic and potent nightcap by adding 2 oz rye whiskey or bourbon, 0.75 oz simple syrup, 1 oz lemon juice, and 1 egg white to a shaker before filling it with ice. Once that’s done, shake well and strain the concoction into a whiskey glass half filled with fresh ice, before pouring roughly 0.5 oz red wine on top, so that it floats on top of the drink, and you’re done!
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3. Brandy Alexander
Having gained immense popularity in the 20th century, this creamy, indulgent concoction is an excellent post dinner drink to sip on before calling it a night. To make it, add 2 oz cognac or any other fine aged brandy, 1 oz dark crème de cacao, and roughly 1 oz cream to a cocktail shaker; fill it with ice. The next step is to simply shake well, strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. A night of heavenly bliss guaranteed!
Known for its intense flavour and high alcohol percentage, the Applejack is a cocktail that was extremely popular in the American Colonial period. Almost guaranteed to knock you out shortly, owing to its potency, to make this intense drink, pour 1.5 oz. rum, 0.5 oz. Applejack, and roughly 0.75 oz. Italian vermouth into a shaker half filled with ice, shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve chilled!
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Rumoured to have its origins in Florence, Italy, the drink was created by switching out a few of the ingredients of a regular Americano to make it stronger and give it a different flavour. The first step to making this delectable drink is to pour 1.5 oz. London dry gin, 0.75 oz Campari, and 0.75 oz Italian vermouth into a shaker half filled with ice, and shake well. Once that’s done, all you need to do is strain it out into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a twist of orange peel!
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