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27 Boozy Desserts That Bring the Party, From Red Wine Brownies to Whiskey Caramel Cupcakes

Cocktails are great. Desserts are great. So why not mix the two to create the greatest hybrid in human history? Alcohol-infused dessert recipes are a thing, friends, and they are glorious. Just go easy on the portions when you make one of these 27 boozy desserts—there’s no hangover quite like a sugar hangover. (Although, good luck holding back on the red wine brownies.)

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

1. Birthday Cupcakes With White Wine Buttercream

It’s your party and you can spike the cupcake frosting if you want to, right? Choose a bottle that leans tart, like sauvignon blanc, to offset the sweetness.

Erin McDowell

2. Eggnog Custard With Raspberry Jam

When there’s leftover eggnog in the fridge (which, around the holidays, there always is), this is how you use it up. The bourbon is technically optional, but we’d argue it’s mandatory.

Katherine Gillen

3. No-cook Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu

Bourbon, coffee and pumpkin spice in one dessert? Don’t mind if we tirami-do.

Erin McDowell

4. Baileys Affogato

This sundae is strictly for the adults. (Never thought you’d hear that, huh?)

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

5. Rosé Poached Pears With Ginger And Vanilla

Psst: There’s a whole bottle of wine in there.

Photo: Eric Moran/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Sparkling Rosé Jell-o

These are way classier than your average Jell-o shot, if you ask us.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. White Sangria Ice Pops

Behold the refreshing summer cocktail you can eat.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

8. Mini Tiramisu

They may be pint-size, but thanks to a quarter cup of brandy, they pack a real punch.

Chloe Flavor

9. Vegan Black Forest Cherry Cake

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this gorgeous layer cake, which is flavored with a little bit of kirsch (aka sour cherry liqueur) for funzies.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

10. Boozy Lemonade Granita

You know what they say: When life gives you lemons, make a boozy dessert.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

11. Raspberry Prosecco Ice Pops

You thought ice pops were just for kids…but these are for *brunch.*

Rebecca Firth

12. Eggnog Snickerdoodles

The recipe calls for rum extract, but we say swap it for the real deal.

Half Baked Harvest

13. Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These are best served with an ice-cold glass of milk, obviously.

Cupcake Project

14. Piña Colada Cupcakes

It’s like a tropical vacation in every bite. (The secret is Malibu rum in the frosting.)

A Classic Twist

15. Whiskey Caramel Cupcakes

These have St. Patrick’s Day written all over them.

Sweet Peas and Saffron

16. Tequila Lime Cheesecake Bars

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, may we have another slice?

Spoon Fork Bacon

17. Piña Colada Italian Ice Pops

Nothing beats the heat like an ice pop spiked with coconut rum.

How Sweet Eats

18. Boozy Coconut Hot Fudge Milkshakes

It’s like an ice cream treat from your favorite drive-through spot, but better, because it can get you tipsy.

Foodie Crush

19. Boozy Blueberry Floats

A very grown-up version of a childhood favorite.

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Well Plated by Erin

20. Bourbon Buttermilk Pie

This Southern classic is nothing less than creamy, buttery perfection.

A Cookie Named Desire

21. Boozy Blueberry Pancake Milkshakes

We’re certain the milkshake is delightful, but can we also talk about those tiny blueberry pancakes?

Broma Bakery

22. Red Wine Brownies

When we were kids, we thought chocolate and peanut butter was the best combo on earth. As adults, it’s a different story.

Cotter Crunch

23. Dark Chocolate Whiskey Cake Bites

As if they could get any better, it turns out these lil’ guys are no-bake.

What's Gaby Cooking

24. Bourbon Chocolate Milkshakes

For those who prefer their ice cream with a little booze, look no further.

Sally's Baking Addiction

25. Champagne Cake Roll

Need a reason to pop a bottle of bubbly? How about this cake?

Foodie Crush

26. Pumpkin Bread Pudding With Whiskey Cream Sauce

Bread pudding is rich and decadent on its own, but a whiskey cream sauce really takes things OTT.

How Sweet Eats

27. Irish Cream Tiramisu

If an Irish coffee and an Italian dessert had a very delicious baby, this would be it.

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