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If You Have a Sweet Tooth, You’ll Love These 9 Cocktails

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True sweet lovers aren’t satisfied with a cocktail that merely leans toward the sweeter side of things with a few fruit juices or liqueurs; they need a cocktail that truly doubles as a dessert. Ice cream, candy, caramel, cookies—get it all in the glass with a generous pour of booze. From cocktails that taste just like homemade pie to nostalgic drinks that capture the spirit of your favorite childhood desserts, here are nine cocktails every sweet lover needs in their life.

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Hot, spiced apple cider is a fall decadence we wait for all year, and spiking it with booze and adding in some caramel transforms it into utter perfection. Created by Nick Korbee of New York’s Egg Shop, this cocktail mixes piping hot apple cider with smoked maple bourbon, warm amaro and a homemade salted caramel sauce. Grab yourself a mugful, top it with some grated nutmeg, throw in a cinnamon stick, and let this delicious cider warm your soul.  

The Essentials

apple cider
Smoked Maple Bourbon
Caramel Sauce
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If you’re the kind of person who can easily put down an entire sticky, bright red cherry pie in one sitting, then you’ll be good for a few rounds of this cherry pie-inspired cocktail. Nutty amaretto and vanilla-twinged bourbon replicate the flaky flavor of the crust, while the Cherry Heering packs that signature cherry pie taste. Garnish with a real brandied cherry, and you’ll definitely satisfy a pie craving.

The Essentials

Amaretto
Bourbon
Cherry Heering
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If you loved the tingly feeling of Pop Rocks on your tongue as a kid, chances are you’ve developed a taste for fizzy sparkling wine as an adult. This whimsical cocktail combines both, reducing the Pop Rocks into a simple syrup and mixing it with tequila, pineapple, lime, blue curaçao and a topping of bubbly Prosecco. Be sure to rim the glass in blue pop rocks for a fun, nostalgic sensation with every sip.

The Essentials

Blue Curaçao
Prosecco
Tropical Punch Pop Rocks
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Forget all that healthy granola and oat bran that taste like a bowl of grainy twigs. For you, cereal means eating sugar-coated goodness and lapping up the sweetened milk once you’ve finished off the bowl. This easy cocktail tastes just like the milk from a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, thanks to Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and creamy RumChata. A splash of coffee liqueur gives it the perfect amount of depth, because sometimes you like to wash down that sugary buzz with a cup of joe in the morning.

The Essentials

Fireball
Rumchata
kahlua
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Blueberry crumble is a universal favorite, but it’s especially popular in Nova Scotia, Canada, where they produce blueberries by the truckloads. This cocktail from Halifax bartender Jared Wall of Gio replicates the flavor of blueberry crumble with a combo of amaretto, fresh lemon juice, brown sugar cinnamon syrup and strongly-brewed Blueberry Jam tea. Egg whites create a  pillow of foam, and the dried blueberries for garnish give you something to nibble on.

The Essentials

Amaretto
Blueberry Tea
Egg Whites
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The humble ice cream sandwich, the simple combination of chocolate biscuit and vanilla ice cream you would get from the ice cream truck, is proof that simple is sometimes best. This drinkable version translates those simple flavors with an easy combination of rum, chocolate vodka, coffee liqueur and an egg white for that signature creamy frothiness. It tastes like melted ice cream with a touch of that spongy chocolate, sure to bring you back to those hot summer days when an ice cream sandwich would melt down your hand from its plastic white wrapper.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
creme de cacao
Egg Whites
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Girl Scout cookie season is marked on every sweet-lover’s calendar, lest they forget to order a dozen cases at once to stock up for the rest of the year. But no need to wait. Recreate the flavor of the iconic Thin Mint cookie any time of year with this spiked milkshake, made with vodka, bracing Fernet Branca Menta, chocolate liqueur, heavy cream, dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream—all blended with crushed ice and garnished with a sprig of mint. You can also garnish with a frozen Thin Mint, but let’s be real, you probably finished them all already.

The Essentials

vodka
Branca Menta
vanilla ice cream
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Fruity dessert shooters are one of the quickest ways to scratch an itch for a sweet treat. This Key Lime Pie shot tastes exactly like the dessert, with whipped cream-flavored vodka, RumChata, fresh key lime juice making up the filling, and a crushed-up graham cracker rim that emulates the pie crust. It’s sweet, tart, creamy yet light, and perfect for shooting back one after another.

The Essentials

whipped cream vodka
Rumchata
key lime juice
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You don’t have to be an obsessive Harry Potter fan to be obsessed with this warm and inviting beverage, straight out of the Three Broomsticks tavern. Inspired by the Butterbeer of the wizarding world, this mug mixes a host of baking spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, vanilla) with real butter and real scotch. A topping of pumpkin beer, splash of ginger beer and a dollop of whipped cream create a comforting concoction that tastes like magic.

The Essentials

butter
scotch
pumpkin ale

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