In this world of Dry Martinis, spicy Margaritas and so many spirits that everyone insists must be taken straight, dessert drinks have been crowded out in recent years. And some of that is understandable. It’s easy to ruin a dessert cocktail by making it tooth-achingly cloying. But when it comes to drinks, the word “sweet” is not necessarily a synonym for the “gross.” All these sweet drinks, when made with good ingredients, are better than any creme brulee or flourless chocolate cake.
Best Dessert Drinks
Despite the unfortunate and inaccurate use of the word “Martini” in the name of this drink, this chocolate concoction can be quite tasty in lieu of dessert. Our version, made with rum, amaro and framboise, is more complex than the original (just vodka, chocolate liqueur and half and half). We don’t want to insist that necessarily means it’s better, but we want to strongly imply it.
We’re not exactly sure how it works, but when you mix Fireball with cream soda you end up with something that tastes astonishingly like a cinnamon bun. Whipped cream on top completes the experience.
Whipped cream, to top
It’s been a feature of many a TGI Friday’s happy hour, but this vodka and Kahlua milkshake is better made at home as a sweet finish to a meal. Make sure to use good liqueurs and, instead of the standard squeeze bottle, splurge on a good chocolate sauce.
vanilla ice cream
Sipping Cognac straight is a terrific way to end a meal on its own, but if you want something that will bring your brandy a little closer to dessert status, try this classic that dates all the way back to the early 1920s. This is a creamy cocktail at its best.
dark crème de cacao
RumChata’s makers in Wisconsin might not admit it, but this milkshake is what RumChata was invented for. RumChata actually takes the place of milk in this shake, and when mixed with white rum it packs quite a punch for something this decadently sweet.
Vanilla Ice Cream
Malted Milk Powder
Milk punch took hold in New Orleans, so you know it must be good. The Big Easy is so crowded with drinks it takes something special to make a name for itself there. It’s smooth and considering it’s made with whole milk, surprisingly easy to sip and not too heavy.
Like many sweet cocktails, the Amaretto Sour was abandoned amidst the rebirth of Old Fashioneds and Martinis, but well made with fresh juice and good amaretto, it has a place after dinner and that place is in front of you.
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