20 Boozy Dessert Ideas to Liven Up Your Next Party
Turn things up a notch for your next bachelorette party, bridal shower brunch, or wedding. The secret ingredient in these sweet treats? A touch of alcohol to enhance the flavor and heighten the fun.
Moist Chocolate Stout Cupcakes
Guinness-flavored chocolate cupcakes by pastry chef Jason Schreiber combine the beloved bar combo of beer and pretzels. The boozy dessert is made in popover pans and topped with cream-cheese frosting tinted with cocoa to resemble the foamy head on a nice cool one.
Frozen Melon-Margarita Pops
Simple wooden sticks and a quick dose of tequila transform watermelon and cantaloupe slices into tangy handheld frozen cocktails. Don't forget the salt!
Toffee Temptation Cake
True to its name, this toffee cake layered with melt-in-your-mouth homemade Bourbon Brown-Sugar Buttercream is pure temptation.
From the Banana Colada to the Mango Lemon Drop, take your pick from these four gelatin shot recipes. (Or make them all!)
Rum-Soaked Raisin Biscotti
Enjoy your liquor in cookie form—preferably dunked into a nice, hot cup of coffee. We love this twist on biscotti for brunchers who aren't afraid of bending the rules.
Dessert Wine Gelees with Citrus Fruit
Gelatin, sweet wine, and a medley of citrus come together in this snacky take on the Spanish cocktail. Bonus: One batch makes about 4½-dozen squares, so there will be plenty to go around!
Mini Rum Bundt Cakes
What's better than cake? Mini cakes! We sneaked rum into the batter and the frosting to ensure these darling desserts pack a punch.
Rosé Gelee with Red Berries
Here's an alcoholic dessert that's wedding toast-ready. Layer rosé-infused gelatin, mixed berries, and homemade whipped cream into perfectly portioned glasses. Cheers!
Heart-Shaped Diablo Cake
Whisky-soaked raisins stud the center of this rich, chocolate-covered cake. Bake the batter into the shape of a heart for a boozy dessert fit for a romantic occasion.
Rum Rose Cake
This cake is sweet on the outside with pretty rose petal piping, and decadent on the inside with a touch of light rum.
Whisk coffee extract and Irish whiskey into velvety ganache for cocoa-coated truffles with a little surprise.
Moist Chocolate-Cherry Stout Cake with Dark-Chocolate Glaze
For the beer enthusiast, consider this super-dense, super-delicious chocolate cake featuring Guinness and dried cherries. We even provide the stenciling instructions!
Rosé Wine Sorbet
For a cool, refreshing treat, why not spike the sorbet? Rosé wine is the star ingredient in this frozen dessert.
Red-Wine Poached Plum Tartlets
Plums poached in Pinot Noir form the fruity filling for these decadent tarts.
Buttered Rum Meltaways
Make melt-in-your-mouth cookies filled with subtle undertones of dark rum, vanilla, and spices. Because the alcohol bakes off in the oven, this goodie is safe for all taste buds.
Margarita Cheesecake Freezes
Tequila-lovers will go wild for this zesty, frozen take on cheesecake. Sweet and salty and oh-so-sneaky, this dessert should be presented in salt-rimmed glasses and generously dusted with graham.
Bourbon Pecan Chews
Guests are sure to be in good spirits after munching on these nutty caramel cookies. Make it a double!
Sparkly Champagne Gelatin
Break out the bubbly! This dessert reflects champagne's classic golden hue, but you can also opt for a blush-colored version by substituting sparkling rosé wine.
Boozy Ice Pops
Keep cool with these booze-infused popsicles. You can mix and match with your favorite fruit juice and liquor (stay away from Champagne—the bubbles don't freeze well) and even personalize the sticks. Just combine one shot (1 1/2 ounce) of alcohol to one cup of juice in an ice-pop maker, freeze, and enjoy! Our fave flavor combinations are? Lime and tequila, mango and rum, strawberry-lemonade and vodka, grapefruit and gin, rhubarb and vodka and mixed berry and vodka, mixed berry and vodka with orange and campari, and apple cider and bourbon.