Just as there are certain drinks that work best before dinner and others that are perfect for after, so are there cocktails that lend themselves more to a nightcap than others. The nightcap is a traditional—and might we say, very old-school gentlemanly—before bed kind of drink, with frequent staples being brandy, Bourbon and Irish cream. But if you’re going to regularly have a tipple before bed, you probably want to have a broader repertoire than that. Here are ten nightcaps to help you catch 40 winks.
Equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth with an orange garnish makes a lovely drink right before bedtime. A classy way to end your day.
It’s the grated nutmeg that really makes this cognac, crème de cacao and cream mixture stand out from the rest of the pack. Delicious dreams!
If you were a warm milk aficionado as a kid why not switch to the big kid version? Half and half, brown sugar, brandy, dark rum, nutmeg and cinnamon combine together to equal pure, alcoholic bliss.
CeSoir is a classic nightcap that builds on one of the basics—Cognac—combining it with Cynar, yellow Chartreuse, orange bitters, bitters and a lemon peel. For the guy who likes to drink like grandpa did.
Unsurprisingly, this classic cocktail has its origins in Louisiana: Two kinds of bitters, sweet vermouth, cognac and gold rum will leave you feeling as warm as the Bayou before bed.
Keep it sweet and simple with this delicious concoction made from Bénédictine and milk. Garnish with cinnamon stick and an orange slice and you’re ready to go.
The name alone had us sold, but this Bourbon-and-vermouth combo is just what the doctor ordered, especially on a cold winter night.
Rum and fernet might not sound like a match made in heaven at first; But throw in some ginger, lime and cucumber and you’ve got a recipe for bedtime.
Here’s one that will go down smooth: Dark rum that’s got roughly the same ingredients as a cookie. Interested? Of course you are.
Think of this as the alcoholic version of a cup of chamomile tea before bed. Drink it when you’ve got a cold to have a way better time being sick.