15 Adults-Only Indulgent Desserts
Some weeks, neither a dessert nor a cocktail alone can beat the stress. Teamed up in these boozy desserts, however, they’re a one-two punch that will drive the worries back to work hours.
Add these restaurants and shops to your GPS for some standout boozy desserts, no baking or cooking required.
By Linnea Zielinski
1. Apple-Rum Sauce
Sometimes the simplest touch takes a dessert from splurge-worthy to indulgent. This seasonal drizzling sauce is just the touch for everything from fruit to cake.
Recipe: Apple-Rum Sauce
2. Chocolate-Bourbon Tart
This rich tart is like a dark-chocolate truffle in a crisp, flaky cocoa crust. Bourbon adds a wonderful smokiness; be sure to heat it carefully with the sugar so it doesn’t ignite.
Recipe: Chocolate-Bourbon Tart
3. Red-Wine Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake may be a perennial at children’s birthday parties, but there’s nothing childish about this cake. Red wine adds a sophisticated flavor note to this already rich and colorful dessert.
Recipe: Red-Wine Velvet Cake
4. White-Chocolate Semifreddo
Exceptionally creamy yet surprisingly light and airy, this amaretto-spiked white-chocolate dessert is an ideal finale for a romantic dinner for two.
Recipe: White-Chocolate Semifreddo
5. Rum Balls
Served chilled, these balls are formed when a batch of brownies is broken into bits, flavored with dark rum, and rolled. Just make sure these boozy brownie bites don’t disappear all in one night.
Recipe: Rum Balls
6. Beet Cake with Bourbon Sauce
Michel Nischan’s supermoist beet cake is layered with a silky, rich whiskey custard that packs a satisfying punch.
Recipe: Beet Cake with Bourbon Sauce
7. Mango Mojito Popsicles
Sweet, juicy mango and fragrant mint are an unbeatably refreshing combo — especially when spiked with a shot of rum.
Recipe: Mango Mojito Popsicles
8. Bourbon-Nectarine Ice Cream Sundaes with Pound-Cake Croutons
This is an excellent grown-up version of an ice cream sundae, made with lush nectarines cooked in bourbon. The best part: the crisp, buttery pound-cake croutons.
Recipe: Bourbon-Nectarine Ice Cream Sundaes with Pound-Cake Croutons
9. Wine Slushes
These sweet, ruby-red slushes contain a pinch of matcha powder; its earthiness balances the rich red wine and sugar that dominate the dessert.
Recipe: Wine Slushes
10. Double Bourbon-Pecan Pudding
Don’t let this dessert’s innocent looks fool you. It may look like a lunchbox feature of your childhood, but there’s bourbon folded into both the chocolate and whipped cream layers for a doubly indulgent treat.
Recipe: Double Bourbon-Pecan Pudding
11. Amaretto Truffles
These rich truffles, accented with sweet almond liqueur, make a great hostess gift or dessert tray accent this holiday season.
Recipe: Amaretto Truffles
12. Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Popsicles
This sweet-tart take on the usual whiskey sour is just right for summer and packed with and abundance of fresh seasonal fruit.
Recipe: Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Popsicles
13. Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake
While this delicious, simple cake bakes, a sweet, rich sauce forms in the bottom of the dish.
Recipe: Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake
14. Almond-Apricot Tart with Whipped Cream
Rings of apricots top this tart for a flowerlike effect, but once you take a bite, the decor won’t be the most impressive part of this dessert. The filling has a bit of amaretto in it.
Recipe: Almond-Apricot Tart with Whipped Cream
15. Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake Popsicles
Rich, creamy, and fruity, these decadent wine-laden popsicles have everything you love in a traditional cheesecake — and more.
Recipe: Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake Popsicles