After Eight
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After Eight
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The After Eight cocktail is named after the popular mint chocolate confectionery, and it mimics its namesake's flavor profile. Served in a shot glass, this layered libation combines Bailey's Irish ... more The After Eight cocktail is named after the popular mint chocolate confectionery, and it mimics its namesake's flavor profile. Served in a shot glass, this layered libation combines Bailey's Irish Cream, crème de menthe, and coffee liqueur. The creamy texture of Bailey's offers a smooth backdrop to the refreshing, cool taste of crème de menthe, which is reminiscent of peppermint. The coffee liqueur adds depth and a rich, roasted undertone that complements the sweetness and minty freshness. The result is a decadently sweet shot with a complex interplay of mint, cream, and coffee notes, making it an ideal candidate for an after-dinner treat or a festive nightcap.
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17.33% | 0.52 units *

Shot glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a After Eight

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add white crème de cacao to a shot glass, then carefully pour crème de menthe on top so that it layers
Then finally float the Baileys on the very top and serve

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in the After Eight cocktail if I don't have them on hand?

Yes, you can substitute ingredients in the After Eight cocktail to fit what you have on hand. If you don't have Bailey's, any cream-based liqueur will work. A mint-flavored syrup combined with vodka can replace Creme De Menthe, and any coffee-flavored liqueur can substitute for the specific brand of coffee liqueur.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What's the best way to serve the After Eight cocktail for a party?

The After Eight is best served in shot glasses as it's designed to be a quick, flavorful drink. For a party, consider pre-mixing a batch and keeping it chilled until guests arrive. Serve each portion in small shot glasses to maintain the intended flavor profile and cold temperature.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What kinds of events or occasions are ideal for serving the After Eight cocktail?

The After Eight cocktail, with its rich and sweet flavor profile, is perfect for after-dinner drinks, winter holiday gatherings, or any event where you want to offer a unique, dessert-style drink. Its festive flavors make it a hit at Christmas parties or cozy get-togethers.

GARNISHING_TIPS

Are there any garnish recommendations for the After Eight cocktail to enhance its presentation?

To elevate the presentation of the After Eight cocktail, consider garnishing with a small mint leaf or a thin square of dark chocolate on the rim of the shot glass. This not only adds visual interest but also complements the mint and chocolate flavors of the drink.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the After Eight compare to other popular cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 17.33%, the After Eight is on the lower end of the spectrum compared to more potent cocktails like the Martini or Manhattans. However, it's stronger than light cocktails such as the Mimosa or Pimm's Cup. It's perfect for those who prefer a less alcoholic option that still offers complexity and flavor.

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