Surely you've tried one of those over-the-top cocktails inspired by desserts, but did you know you can have the same experience—in reverse? If, by the time dessert rolls around, you'd just as soon have a cocktail to round out the night, these desserts are for you. Inspired by everything from a pina colada to a lemon drop martini, these liquor-laced sweets let you have your after-dinner tipple and eat it too.
Pina Colada Sundae
At Paley in Los Angeles, the ingenious pina colada sundae is loaded with rum, via fresh pineapple chunks that are first sautéed with sugar and butter, then macerated with a shot of rum. The dessert also features rich rum gelée, creamy coconut sorbet, toasted coconut crumble and—instead of the umbrella you'd normally find in your poolside pineapple-rum drink—an elegant garnish of dehydrated pineapple chips. Photo courtesy of Paley.
Blueberry Bourbon Basil Donut
At Portland, Oregon's artisanal brioche-donut spot Blue Star Donuts, the rotating menu includes a number of spirit-spiked options. The Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut, based on the cocktail by the same name and glazed with an icing made with sweet blueberries, basil and bourbon, is as perfect for a postprandial treat as it is for a boozy brunch. Photo courtesy of Blue Star Donuts.
Along with a full bar serving craft cocktails, wine and beer, Prohibition Creamery in Austin offers a roster of made-from-scratch, alcohol-infused frozen treats. You can’t go wrong with the sangria sorbet, made with Burgundy wine and fresh fruits like oranges, lemons, green apples and peaches. Photo by Nicolai McCrary.
No Limit Lemon Drop Cupcake
Booze-spiked cupcakes are a house specialty at the Las Vegas bakeshop Sin City Cupcakes. But the one to try is the No Limit Lemon Drop, inspired by a lemon drop martini: Cream cheese frosting tops a small lemon cake oozing with lemon vodka. Is there really No Limit to how many of these you can eat? There's only one way to find out. Photo courtesy of Sin City Cupcakes/Facebook.
Mint Julep Creme Brulee
It’s always Julep time at Brooklyn's The Bedford restaurant. The dessert menu at this Williamsburg spot includes a Mint Julep Creme Brulee made with bourbon, sugar and mint, in a super-addictive tribute to the classic cocktail. Photo credit: Daddo Bogich.
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