Nightcaps | www.drinks.ng

When all the romance is done and dusted, sleeping with the sweet memories can be very pleasing, and nightcaps make the sleep all the more sweet.

The age old tradition of nightcaps has been threatened by today’s cocktail craze, but what lover does not appreciate a sweet-savoriness of a nightcap on Valentine’s night?

It is not called nightcap for any other reason – it is a nightcap because it caps all the pleasant experiences of the day, and numbs out the bad ones, so you can get a good night sleep.

So whether you are cuddled up on the couch for a late-night or on the phone with the love of your life or the single person enjoying the night alone, give yourself the special treat of a nightcap.

So what nightcap can you have on Valentine’s night?

The list of nightcaps is long, we must say.

But as a rule of thumb, know that a nightcap is neither necessarily a cocktail nor a beer. There are not clear alcohol, spirit or gins. There are no fruit juices or mixers, and they are not served cold or on ice. The idea is to warm you up before bed.

Dreamy Nightcaps for Valentine’s Night

Here are the dreamiest nightcaps that can truly warm up your night this Valentine:

Hot Whiskey

What you need

1 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
4 oz. (boiling) Water
6 whole Cloves
1 slice Lemon
2 tbsp. Sugar

How to make

Pour in 1 oz. Irish Whiskey, add sugar & lemon slice, studded with cloves. Fill glass with boiling water & stir. Great as nightcap when suffering from a heavy cold.

Milk & Honey

What you need

1.75 oz
Bénédictine
Milk

How to make

Add the Bénédictine to a mug, top with warm milk and garnish with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick.

Bâton Rouge

What you need

1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
.66 oz Martini Vermouth
.66 oz Tribe Celtic Liqueur
.66 oz Hennessy VSOP
.66 oz Barcadi Gold rum

How to make

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a long lemon twist.

Negroni

What you need

1½ oz. Best London dry gin
3/4 oz. Campari
3/4 oz. Martini Rosso

How to make

Pour ingredients into a shaker, shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Brandy Alexander

What you need

2 ounces Brandy Torres
1/2 ounce dark crème de cacao
1/2 ounce heavy cream
Whole nutmeg

How to make

Combine brandy, crème de cacao, and heavy cream in a mixing glass and shake vigorously. Strain into a 6-ounce cocktail glass and grate nutmeg over top, to taste.

Hot Buttered Rum

What you need

4 oz. Captain Morgan Rum, dark fill measuring cup Water
1/4 tsp. Allspice
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1-1/2 cups Sugar, brown
1/4 lb. Butter
3 tbsp. Vanilla Extract

How to make

Add all ingredients but rum, butter and water to 2-cup measuring cup. Melt butter and pour onto mixture. Place about 6 tbsp. of mixture in coffee mug. Add 4 oz. Dark Rum. Fill with boiling water. Stir until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Serve.

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