The Nightcap | Think Like A Man

When we first meet Mya, played by Meagan Good, she’s just spent the night with some loser, who didn’t remember her name and ran away with both of their lattes while she was in the shower. After reading a dating advice book by Steve Harvey, Mya decides she’s going to set different boundaries in dating. So when Mya meets Zeke, she waits until the fifth date to invite him upstairs. Our cocktail this week is inspired by a scene in which Mya finally invites Zeke in for a nightcap.

They make it, and she does invite him upstairs, but to his surprise and chagrin, she offers him coffee. He asks for three shots of Jameson in the coffee, and she essentially ignores him. The subtext of the nightcap is subverted, and instead of rolling around in the sheets, having messy, drunken sex, they stay up all night talking.

Mya tests Zeke is multiple ways here; she’s testing how gentlemanly he behaves when sex is off the table, his conversation skills and his reliance on alcohol while dating. Will he try to coerce her into sex? Will be be interesting and engaged in conversation? Will he follow her lead and stick to coffee or will he request a more traditional nightcap? Zeke nails it.

I love coffee. I also love whiskey, brunch, late nights, late mornings, and nightcaps. Once past the initial courtship phase, relationships often require the patience and willingness to compromise, to meet each other’s needs. And I’ve been looking for an excuse to post my favorite boozy coffee recipe.

First, a traditional Irish Coffee, Bailey’s, Jameson and hot coffee doesn’t really work for me because the alcohol cools off the hot coffee. Omitting Bailey’s and adding Frangelico highlights the coffee flavor and makes it easier to control the sweetness. For those who prefer their coffee sweeter or with more cream, have at it!

The Nightcap Cocktail

  • 4 oz cold brew iced coffee
  • 1 oz whiskey
  • 1 oz whole milk (to taste)
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • 1/2 oz Frangelico

Shake vigorously, shake even more, and pour over ice.

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