Little Hot After-Dinner Shots

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

Merrilees Parker, a wonderful cook from the UK, made something similar to this when I appeared with her on the television show Great Food Live. I like to serve this after a winter dinner party. It is nicely luxurious—a little like Irish coffee, only without the coffee!–Rachel Allen

LC Liquid Lullaby Note

Not only does this innocuous little libation sorta have a suave sophisticate thing going on, it’s 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 and, what’s more, requires no sore throat—real or feigned. 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 should you wish to fix a few more.

Little Hot After-Dinner Shots

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  • Serves 8
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Pour the brandy or whiskey and syrup into a saucepan and heat very gently over low heat. Do not boil.
Divide 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.
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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 two 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.


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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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