|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||12%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 17g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Think of the sneaky Pete as the whiskey version of a white Russian. It's perfect for dessert, a nightcap, or anytime you want an easy, cozy, feel-good drink.
Either milk or cream can be used in this cocktail, it just depends on how thick you prefer your creamy drinks. Keep in mind that it will dilute as the ice melts. Using an ice ball or large ice cubes will slow down the dilution.
"The sneaky Pete is an excellent variation on a white Russian. The spice of the rye whiskey makes an excellent companion for the coffee liqueur. Add the silky and expanding quality of the cream and you have quite a nice cocktail. This recipe is great for a dessert cocktail with very little added sugar." —Sean Johnson
1 ounce coffee liqueur
1 ounce rye whiskey
4 ounces milk or 2 ounces cream
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the coffee liqueur into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
Add the rye whiskey and milk.
Serve and enjoy.
The term "sneaky Pete" was often slang for cheap booze or fortified wine. But it also may be applied to good-tasting drinks that sneak up on you when you don't realize the amount of alcohol you are imbibing.
In addition to this recipe made with coffee liqueur, whiskey, and milk, you will see versions that are fruit-juice-based drinks with other forms of alcohol. Some are even frozen slushy drinks. If you plan to order a sneaky Pete at a bar, you should specify exactly what you expect. You may also end up in a debate with your guests over whether this cocktail is what they were envisioning for a sneaky Pete.
What Is Rye Whiskey?
Rye whiskey from the U.S. is made with a mash of at least 51 percent rye. George Washington made rye whiskey on his Mount Vernon estate, and today a craft distillery produces it there. Rye whiskey has a spicier or fruitier flavor than bourbon, which is also sweeter than rye. Canadian rye whisky is also available but doesn't have a set percentage of rye required. As a result, Canadian ryes may have far more corn and very little rye.
What Is Coffee Liqueur?
The most popular brands of coffee liqueurs are made with rum, sugar, vanilla, and coffee. It is very easy to make your own coffee liqueur with cold-brewed coffee, sugar, and a vanilla bean. You can make it with rum or with vodka. It's best to let it age for two weeks before enjoying it.
How Strong Is the Sneaky Pete?
Let's assume that you use a coffee liqueur that is 20 percent ABV and an 80-proof whiskey to mix up your sneaky Pete. In this case, you can estimate the drink to have an alcohol content of around 9 percent ABV (18 proof). It is a very gentle whiskey drink and a nice, casual sipper.