These little hot after dinner shots, made with brandy or whiskey and topped with whipped cream, are like an Irish coffee…minus the coffee.
Not only do these innocuous little hot after dinner shots sorta have a suave sophisticate thing going on. And they’re ridiculously simple to make. Essentially just warm booze, sugar, and cream, the sweet and soothing bedtime nip is less complicated than even a hot toddy to make. It’s certain to garner compliments and kudos galore, and because it calls for essentially equal parts booze and simple syrup, it’s facile on the faculties—both as you’re making it and the morning after—should you wish to fix a few more.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Little Hot After Dinner Shots
- 3/4 cup brandy or whiskey
- 3/4 cup Simple Syrup
- 8 tablespoons whipped cream
- Pour the brandy or whiskey and syrup into a saucepan and heat very gently over low heat. Don’t let it boil.
- Divvy the booze among 8 little cordial or shot glasses. Dip a spoon into very hot water and use it to gently scoop a dollop of the cream into each glass, carefully allowing the cream to slide off the spoon and float atop the sweet libation. The cream should float. Serve immediately.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
Surprisingly, I was hesitant to make this drink—I’m not a brandy lover. But it was rich and smooth with that “warm your soul” feeling. This’d be perfect on a cold winter’s eve sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace with good friends or just with someone special.
I don’t consider myself much of a drinker, but having tasted these, I’m reconsidering my position!
I made a couple of these for hubby and me. I was surprised that we both enjoyed them on this cold winter night—neither of us are really hot alcohol drinkers and I didn’t know if we’d like the whipped cream on top, but oh yeah, we did. This is a nice after-dinner drink on a cold night, for sure.
I whipped my own cream and put it in the fridge with the simple syrup until we were ready for our drinks. I used The Christian Brothers Brandy. Not really a brandy drinker so wasn’t sure which one to pick up, but we were happy with this one.
Originally published March 8, 2013