The 3 Best Nightcaps to Drink Before Bed

Sometimes the only way to unwind from an exhausting day of work is by sipping yourself to sleep with a cocktail in hand. A drink before bed calms the nerves, relaxes the body and takes your mind off the stresses of the day. The practice has earned so many fans, it gained its own name over the years — the nightcap.

The next time you need a little help getting some shut eye, mix up one of these five soothing cocktails before light’s out. Sweet dreams, cocktail lovers.

Rum Flip

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The definition of a rich, hearty cocktail, the Rum Flip combines the healing powers of three potent ingredients: a whole egg, rich ground nutmeg and a sturdy base of rum. Not only will its heavy texture and flavor restore you after a long day, but it also has the power to rock your taste buds gently to sleep.

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Brandy Alexander

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Anyone who has a sweet tooth will appreciate the Brandy Alexander—the grandfather of dessert cocktails. Using heavy cream rather than a whole egg, it comes together with a blend of chocolaty crème de cacao and fruit-forward cognac. And don’t worry. This cocktail also benefits from a topping of spiced goodness from freshly grated nutmeg.

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The classic Sazerac forgoes super-rich ingredients to channel one of the simplest nightcaps of all: a measure of your favorite dark spirit. But crafting a cocktail instead of sipping on a dram of scotch or Cognac allows for more complexity and, well, flavor. The Sazerac delivers a punch of both by blending rye whiskey, absinthe and bitters for a sipper you’re sure to dream about.

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