Talking about abundance of time, Indians never overlook this free inheritance and always appear late on most scheduled events. Dinner invites or formal occasions, finding an Indian resting his posterior on a lonely furniture ahead of others has become almost proverbial stuff.
So your guests take a whale of a time to make it to your party venue. Once there, they gawk at you as if complaining why food was not fast forwarded instead of clammy bare hands. Being late they had already tormented their tummies enough not to get another obstacle. Food eaten, they hit a pause to dab their faces clean before barking that ‘bye’. A nightcap is thus reduced to a post meal ‘chai’ (Tea) for the worn out couple after a dull round of utensil-washing.
It does seem uncanny for a nation priding in traditions of family and bonding to shy away from a postprandial pour without any explanation. On the contrary, it could have added a sense of involvement among the family members reminiscing good moments together before drifting to sleep.
Anyway, for listeners, the qualified entries for nightcaps are, Armagnac, Cognac, Scotch followed by Vodka, Gin, Rum and some white spirits. The idea is not to shoot more of post food drinks but to savor the swig as it prepares us for slumber.