Top Five Cocktails For Bedtime

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Top Five Cocktails For Bedtime

A Nightcap cocktail is a drink to be had after dinner, to round off the day. Something to warm the body on a cold night. They can be whatever you like but tend to be boozy or creamy.

Everybody needs a nightly routine. The stress of daily life can often follow people home, so having a way to unwind is essential. In the time leading up to sleep, everyone looks for ways to relax. In this article, we will look at the best nightcap for sleep.

It has been found in studies that a glass or two of alcohol can help aid relaxation and induce sleep. However, multiple drinks can disrupt sleep, so please use moderation. Here are 5 ideal nightcap drinks to cap off your day.

Best Nightcap Drinks For Sleep


The Rum Flip

This is a classic flip cocktail, which refers to the inclusion of a whole egg. It is less common to use the yolk as well as the white in cocktails. However, it adds a richness that makes it one of the best nightcap drinks for sleep.


1 ½ ounces dark rum

½ heavy cream

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 whole (fresh) egg

Fresh nutmeg (for garnish)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker and dry shake (without ice).
  2. Add ice and shake again until chilled.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Grate a light dusting of nutmeg on top.

1. Brandy Alexander

Brandy Alexander

A classic and classy cocktail. It can be adapted to suit any taste. Some prefer it a bit more boozy, and some sweeter. You can alter the amount of creme de cacao to do this. A lovely after-dinner nightcap drink.


1 ½ ounces cognac

1-ounce creme de cacao

1-ounce cream

Fresh nutmeg (for garnish)


  1. Shake cognac, creme de cacao, and cream in a shaker over ice.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Grate a light dusting of nutmeg on top.

2. The Sazerac


One of the most respected classic cocktails among bartenders. This is a powerful, delicious drink. It is a great option for people that prefer a stronger drink before bed. The complex flavor profile is a great reward after a long day. One of the best nightcap drinks.


Absinthe (to rinse)

1 sugar cube

½ teaspoon cold water

3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

1 ¼ ounces rye whiskey

1 ¼ ounces cognac

Lemon twist (to garnish)


  1. Rinse a chilled rocks glass or tumbler with absinthe. Discard any excess and set aside.
  2. In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube, water, and bitters.
  3. Add the whiskey and the cognac. Fill with ice and stir until well chilled.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Twist the lemon peel over the glass to release its oils. Drag it over the rim and drop it inside the drink.

3. Black Manhattan

Black Manhattan

A variation on the classic Manhattan cocktail. Bittersweet Averna replaces sweet vermouth, alongside another bitter. A punchy, deep flavor profile to enjoy with a book or in front of the tv.


2 ounces rye whiskey

1 ounce Averna amaro

1 dash angostura bitters

1 dash orange bitters

1 Brandied or Maraschino cherry (to garnish)


  1. Add the rye whiskey, Averna, and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until well chilled.
  2. Strained into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  3. Garnish with Brandied or Maraschino cherry.

4. Hot Gin Toddy

Hot Gin Toddy

Typically made with dark liquors like whiskey, the Toddy is a winter staple. Gin and hot water are a wonderful pair. The botanicals in the gin open up when combined in this drink. It is a perfect drink for a cold winter night by a fire. A dry gin is best for this recipe, such as Tanqueray.


1 ½ ounces dry gin

¾ ounces fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon white sugar

2 ounces hot (not boiling) water

Cinnamon stick (for garnish)


  1. In a thick glass or mug, combine the sugar, lemon juice, and gin.
  2. Add the water and stir well to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

These are our top 5 best nightcap for sleep. They are a perfect way to round off the day. Enjoy any of these as an alternative to the traditional glass of wine, or glass of liquor. Perfect for a cold winter evening by a fire, or on a terrace in the warmth of summer.