Holiday Drink Recipes: The Irish Nightcap

By Nicole Hopping December 17, 2013 No Comments on Holiday Drink Recipes: The Irish Nightcap

Hot drinkBorne of Ireland and its blustery winter nights, the Irish Nightcap is made to warm you from the inside out. Rich and creamy with hints of coffee and anise, this indulgent treat is the perfect Christmas Eve drink. For a new twist on the traditional recipe try using 1/3 of a cup Frank’s Whiskey Caramel sauce in lieu of sweetened condensed milk!


Yield: 4 Drinks

Level: Easy

Cook Time: 7-10 minutes



1 cup brandy or whiskey

1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk

½ pint whipping cream

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

2 teaspoons instant decaf coffee

1 vanilla pod

¼ teaspoon almond extract

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon ground star anise

1 box pirouette cookies

Whipped cream, for topping (optional)



  1. Place liquor, sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, chocolate syrup, coffee, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, and star anise in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes. Remove vanilla pod and cinnamon stick.
  3. Pour contents into mugs and finish with a pirouette cookie and whipped cream. Enjoy while hot.


Photo Credit: Flickr (cc) Eliza Adam

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