We all deserve a little respite at the end of a long day, none more so than those leading the charge in the restaurant world. It's no secret that hospitality experts work harder than most. And at the end of a bruising eight or nine-hour shift, with little or no break, their light at the end of the tunnel finds itself in the form of an irresistible drink: a soothing nightcap.
Whether consumed to warm you up or wind you down, the nightcap presents numerous benefits. For some, this routine is considered a dietary staple and for others, something that's only been enjoyed once or twice. But what makes this beverage special is the fact that we can all relate to its purpose.
In saying so, we thought we'd satisfy our curiosities by gaining some suggestions and tips from one of our favourite food comrades, to give you the chance to create a great nightcap for your own.
Astrid Turner of The Age Good Food Guide's 2012 Regional Restaurant of the Year, Loam, ends her long day by sipping on the incomparable Negroni. Suffice to say, this aperitif will always satisfy. An equal blend of Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, the Negroni stimulates the tastebuds and is easy to create, making the process all the more enjoyable from start to finish.
Worth its weight in gold, a wind-down drink is something that we all deserve. So, how can we enjoy the best, minus the effort? Simply cast your eyes across the example below.
The Nightcap Negroni
Simply combine equal parts of Campari, gin and sweet vermouth in an old-fashioned glass. Top up with ice and stir well; the trick here is to dilute the liquids with the ice until the flavours balance according to your taste. Add an extra splash of one or the other if you prefer - it's your knock-off! Finish by garnishing with a wedge of orange. It won't only improve your drink's taste, but its looks too.