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After Dinner Drinks – An opportunity for indulgence

With the return to popularity of traditional drinking practices and resurgence in cocktails in general, the extravagant art of the digestif or after-dinner cocktail has once more become a real opportunity for on-trade venues to showcase their bartender's talents whilst also bringing influences from the kitchen.

With the rise in popularity of the aperitif drinking culture, there’s also a rise been a rise in the popularity of flavors typical of after-dinner drinks. Flavors such as coffee, creamy, smoky, ginger, or hot cocktails have all risen in the latest on trade data. This gives license for bar teams to work alongside chefs to create drinks that could almost double up in the dessert space.

The opportunity this gives to bar teams within food lead venues is endless. The freedom to move away from regular flavor profiles designed to be reordered throughout a customer journey means more indulgent flavors and ingredients can be used as the drinks will likely be ordered as a “one-off” at the end of a meal. It’s well documented how important menus are to influence a customer’s decisions, so listing after-dinner drinks on a separate dessert menu also allows staff to direct those customs who maybe wouldn’t choose a dessert to still pick something to enjoy alongside those who do.

Below we have three recipes including flavors and profiles that range right across the spectrum of after-dinner drinks.


Mango Passion

Mango Passion

Glassware – Coupe

Ice – N/A

Method – Shake and Double strain

Ingredients:

Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – 1 oz

Ciroc Coconut – 1 oz

Lime Juice – .5 oz

Mango Puree – 1 oz

Passionfruit Syrup – .5 oz

Recreating the taste of a super popular ice cream lolly, this drink is super indulgent, with an incredibly creamy texture and gorgeous tropical fruit and coconut flavors.


Mint and Pistachio Martini

Mint and Pistachio Martini

Glassware – Coupe

Ice – N/A

Method – Shake and Double Strain

Ingredients:

Smirnoff Vanilla – 1 oz

Baileys – 1 oz

Crème de Menthe – .3 oz

Pistachio Syrup – .5 oz

Espresso – 2 oz

Melding a grasshopper with an espresso martini, this utilizes some of the most popular dessert flavors with two super popular after-dinner drinks to stand out from the crowd whilst maintaining recognition and accessibility with customers.


Rum Manhattan

Rum Manhattan

Glassware – Rocks

Ice – Cubed

Method – Stir

Ingredients:

Zacapa No. 23 – 1.5 oz

Belsazar red – 1 oz

Honey Syrup – .3 oz

Chocolate Bitters – 3 dashes

Another awesome twist on a classic, using a super-premium rum with notes of cherry honey and chocolate, this Manhattan twist will give the customer an incredible introduction to a possibly “inaccessible” classic and shows real talent from a bar team.