Just as fashion trends come and go, I believe the same can be said for cocktails, wines, and liqueurs. In particular, society as a whole fluctuates on how and when we drink certain types of alcohol. Typically, one considers drinking spirits before a formal meal in either a cocktail or straight up; while wines are usually served with the main course. But what do you drink after the meal? Most of us take the obvious route and finish off that bottle of wine and if need be open a second to enjoy and share. However, in recent years I’ve found a real satisfaction and enjoyment in having a nightcap.
While there is nothing wrong with enjoying more wine before calling it a night. There is a finality to switching drinks and taking the time to mix yourself something extra at the end of the day. Of course, the drink itself is always delicious, but I feel the act of switching over is a truly an integral part of what makes a nightcap special. It signals the end of the day and the beginning of a relaxing period.
To help our cause, such a drink needs to be served at room temperature or slightly warm. This will enhance the aromatic properties of the drink and help to warm your core. Think of it as a cozy blanket for your insides.
My nightcap of choice is the B&B. Typically, the B&B is made from equal parts Benedictine and Brandy. However, I like to use a 2:1 ratio and substitute Bourbon for Brandy with the Bourbon being the greater ingredient.
2oz Bourbon (Woodford Reserve)
1oz Benedictine (D.O.M. Benedictine)
Serve in a Brandy Glass (Waterford)
If you haven’t had the pleasure of an evening nightcap, take my advice and give it a try.