Drinking wine with dinner is nice and all, but ever wish you could cut out the middleman and combine your food and booze in the same mouthful? Some alcohol-infused dishes will help you catch a buzz without actually drinking, but keep in mind that not just any boozy food will get you drunk. If the alcohol is cooked, it loses its potency, so you want that booze to be raw. From a bourbon-filled banana pudding to a hooched-up shrimp cocktail, here are six adult-only dishes that taste great and can get you loaded.
Smoked Banana Pudding
The meat-centric Freedmen’s in Austin takes its smoked offerings seriously, serving up not just tasty ‘cue but smoked desserts too. Among their best creations is the smoked banana pudding. This twist on a Southern classic involves pit-smoked bananas cooked into rich pudding, then layered with vanilla wafers and made-from-scratch whipped cream. Bring your ID just in case: There's straight bourbon folded into that innocent-looking pudding.
At celebrity chef and Top Chef judge Emeril Lagasse's elegant yet comfy Emeril’s Chop House at the Sands Bethlehem Resort, the kitchen does modern spins on favorites, as in this loaded shrimp cocktail. Citrus-poached Gulf shrimp is served with brandied cocktail sauce, a mix of citrus aioli, lemon, fresh spicy horseradish and sweet brandy for balance. That sauce is so good, you'll be tempted to order it as a drink too, but you're better off choosing from the 2,500 wines in the restaurant's two wine cellars.
Tequila-Honey Lobster Tail
The menu at the upscale Anejo in Houston focuses on elevated spins on Tex-Mex favorites, and there are more than 100 varieties of mezcal and tequila on offer. Tequila even makes its way into one of the restaurant's best dishes, the tequila-honey lobster tail. The broiled, 8-ounce cold-water tail is glazed with tequila and honey, but that's not all: A boozy tequila-honey butter arrives on the side. Photo by Julie Soefer.
Pina Colada Parfait
Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins players frequent the Boston-area Cook Restaurant for its delicious modern American cuisine and craft cocktails. One of the most compelling reasons to eat here? The pina colada parfait. The dessert is made with layers of coconut cream, ladyfinger cookies and cashew brittle, finished off with a healthy pour of straight-up rum.
When your plans involve the French Quarter, it always pays to start with a full stomach. At New Orleans's Acme Oyster House, you can feast on comfort food before you begin your festivities, and of course you'll want to eat some oysters too. And what better way to have your shellfish than in the form of a cocktail? Slurp down an oyster shooter (or three), made with a freshly shucked oyster, a little cocktail sauce and a lot of vodka. Photo courtesy of AcmeOyster/Instagram.
The innovative, often playful menu at Roost in Houston ranges from dishes like the fried cauliflower with bonito, miso dressing, pine nuts and scallion, to duck two ways (seared breast and confit), to the house banana split. In this brilliantly reinvented version of the retro sundae, halved bananas and brown butter ice cream are topped with berry sauce, sprinkles, kettle corn and boozy cherry liqueur-soaked cherries.
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