Nightcaps: The Darling Nikki

Baileys Cherry CafeWhen I was a young bartender in Philadelphia I consumed a lot of whiskey coupled  with high alcohol beer, mainly Belgian. This is not a lifestyle choice I necessarily recommend. One problem with it is that can unleash vicious heartburn and induce an overall feeling of malaise. When the burning starts and the thought of another beer stirs the seas of your stomach acids, there are two options–one is to call it a night. There is nothing wrong with this option. Go home and snuggle with the cat. It’s good for the soul. The other option is to muscle on through the burn.

Enter the Darling Nikki, known to relieve tension from the tense and tame the savage beast. This cocktail is a sleeper. It tastes a bit like a milkshake and goes down easily, soothing the burn along the way. But pay heed, the Nikki will leave you in that hotel room the next morning wondering what the hell happened and why your pants are on the windowsill.


1 1/2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey *
1 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Whiskey
1 1/2 oz Amaretto (don’t bother with the fancy stuff, the house works well)
Rim glass with cinnamon sugar

Pour into ice filled shaker. Shake hard (feel the frost build on the shaker and your bicep burn). Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry.

This cocktail may raise a judgmental eyebrow, because of its girlish nature  but trust me she will give you a funky time, every thing that money can buy.

*If whiskey isn’t your think, sub Stoli for a Darling Nikita 😉 Thanks Cheri


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