Little Hot After Dinner Shots

These little hot after dinner shots, made with brandy or whiskey and topped with whipped cream, are like an Irish coffee…minus the coffee.

Four aperitif glasses filled with little hot after dinner shots on a silver tray.

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

Little Hot After Dinner Shots

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  • 10 M
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  • Serves 8
5/5 - 3 reviews
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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. Originally published March 8, 2013.

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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!


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  1. I made this shot for my partner who has a sweet tooth and it hit the spot for him! Cute and fun, and they definitely warm you from the inside.

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