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Decadent Dessert Cocktail Recipes

Updated on February 1, 2014

Dessert is King

I am a healthy person in general, but when it comes to luscious desserts, my willpower is gone. Add some tasty spirits to the mix and you have an irresistible combo: The dessert cocktail.

Dessert cocktails are the perfect opportunity to combine aesthetic beauty, bold (and sweet!) flavors, and all of those obscure spirits and liqueurs that don’t seem to fit anywhere else.

Here I have compiled a short list of favorites. Get ready to spend some time mixing up dessert cocktails, these tasty recipes will have you scrambling to find all the ingredients so you can start sampling!

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The Hot Choco-Coffee Hazelnut Thingy

Warning! If you are diabetic, do not attempt to drink!

Seriously, though, this is a thick, rich, potent sucker punch of chocolaty, nutty, creamy and did I mention chocolaty? FLAVOR.

To thin the drink out, use milk instead of half & half and cut down on a tablespoon of Nutella.

  • 2 tblspns. Nutella
  • 1 1/2 tspns. Cocoa powder (for baking)
  • 2-3 tblspns. Sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 oz. Half & half or milk
  • 1 oz. Frangelico, Hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 oz. Kahlua, Coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
  • Heavy Cream for whipping, or pre-made
  • Chocolate chunks, for bottom of glass.
  1. In a saucepan, dissolve the Nutella into the half&half or milk, add the condensed milk and cocoa powder, stir until incorporated.
  2. Add the spirits and continue mixing until Nutella is as dissolved as possible. Some tiny, tasty Nutella bits will remain to thicken the mixture.
  3. Drop a chocolate chunk or two into the bottom of the glass, pour the hot mixture over it. Pour to within about a half inch of the glass rim. This leaves room at the top for the whipped cream.
  4. Add the desired amount of whipped cream on top and scrape some shavings of chocolate over the top as a garnish.

Irish Mexican Eskimo Ingredients

  • Coffee for ice cubes
  • Ice cube tray
  • Pinnacle whipped cream vodka (Vanilla also works well.)
  • Bailey's or Carolan's or other Irish Cream liqueur
  • Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • Half & half or milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon and/or nutmeg for garnish

What to Eat with this Drink

Who wants to eat when you have a cocktail like this? In this case, a little something crunchy and slightly less sweet would make a great sidekick. Try these:

  • Peanut butter cookies
  • Scones
  • Biscotti
  • Spiced mixed nuts

Irish Mexican Eskimo

In the tradition of the B-52, the Irish Mexican Coffee, and the million variations in between, here is a recipe for a cold morning time, brunch time (or anytime!) cocktail that is tasty and sweet, but also strong enough to take the edge off of whatever is bearing down on you.

Irish Mexican Eskimo Recipe

  1. Freeze coffee in an ice cube tray at least 3 hours before making drinks.
  2. Fill a tall glass with coffee ice cubes
  3. Pour whipped vodka, Irish Cream, half & half, Kahlua & Frangelico slowly over the ice cubes.
  4. Top with fresh whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg

Slide a straw in and enjoy!

Irish Mexican Eskimo with fresh whip and coffee ice cubes
Irish Mexican Eskimo with fresh whip and coffee ice cubes | Source

There are endless possible variations of this drink. For instance, you could add Peppermint Schnapps for a minty pop, swap out Irish whiskey for the whipped vodka, use Tia Maria in place of Kahlua, or even add Godiva white or dark chocolate liqueurs for extra richness. Have fun coming up with your own favorite!

Irish Mexican Eskimo with coffee ice cubes
Irish Mexican Eskimo with coffee ice cubes | Source

Bourbon-Spiked Rootbeer Float

As desserts go, this one hit near and dear to my heart. If you're a fan of root beer floats, you'll love it too. Without further ado, the Bourbon-Spiked Rootbeer Float. Easy and delicious.

Spiked Root Beer Float
Spiked Root Beer Float | Source


  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces of good quality bourbon (I like Maker's Mark)
  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
  • Enough rootbeer to fill two glasses

Suggested Food Pairings

This refreshing and rich dessert cocktail screams barbecue, grilled meats and even roasted vegetables and spicy foods. Here are some ideas for before, during or after companions:

  • Smokey,spicy barbecued ribs, pork chops or flank steak.
  • Slow roasted poultry or grilled chicken quarters with garlic, thyme and rosemary
  • Lobster, prawns or spicy/savory shrimp
  • Roasted chilies such as Anaheim and Poblano.

Ah, endless possibilities to achieve that warm-tummy-glazed-eye-food coma feeling.


  1. Pour 1 tspn. of vanilla extractd and 2 oz. bourbon into a chilled glass and swirl together. Preferably a beer mug or oversized coffee mug like the one pictured here.
  2. Add 2 large scoops of ice cream (or more if you desire)
  3. Put in your straw!
  4. Slowly, oh so slowly, pour the rootbeer over the ice cream to about a half inch within the glass rim
  5. Enjoy!

Note, like any good rootbeer float, this one gets better after the ice cream melts a bit and blends in with the other ingredients. This recipe makes 2 spiked floats.

***Don't care for bourbon? Try substituting dark or spiced rum instead. Amazing!

The Carrot Cake Martini

Carrot Cake Martini with carrot/cream cheese frosted rim
Carrot Cake Martini with carrot/cream cheese frosted rim | Source


  • Carrot juice. No mixtures, the pure juice.
  • Heavy whipping cream and/or half&half and Cool Whip
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh carrot for grating
  • Whipped cream cheese
  • Baileys or other brand Irish cream liqueur
  • Whipped cream or vanilla vodka
  • Spiced rum
  • Martini glass


This is the cocktail you want to keep drinking until it's gone. One sip, two, no maybe just one more, and another, oh look at's gone. Bartender, can I have another?

How to Make the Carrot Cake Martini:

  1. Chill a martini glass in the freezer.
  2. Prep a small side dish with whipped cream cheese or cream cheese frosting.
  3. Grate carrot into the mixture if you like. Spread evenly over the dish with a butter knife and make sure it is thick enough to reach just above the rim.
  4. In a cocktail shaker, mix:
  • 1 1/2-2 oz. Carrot juice (taste and adjust to personal preference
  • 1 oz. Heavy whipping cream (or 1 oz. half&half + 1 tblspn. Cool Whip)
  • 1/2 tspn. Ground cinnamon
  • 1tblspn. Brown sugar
  • 1 oz. Whipped cream vodka or vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz. Spiced rum
  • 1/2-3/4 oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • Stir or shake until your mixture is smooth and creamy.

Turn your chilled martini glass in the cream cheese frosting mixture until the rim has a nice coating of the concoction.

Pour the contents of your shaker into the glass. Leave plain or drop a dollop of whipped cream on top, and follow with a dash of nutmeg and a grating of carrot.

Carrot Cake Martini.
Carrot Cake Martini. | Source

Cherry Pie Martini

A delicious cocktail that will remind you of ripe fruity cherries with a hint of that flaky, nutty crust. Don't forget the ice cream.

Cherry Pie Martini
Cherry Pie Martini | Source

Ingredients for the Cherry Pie Martini

  • Martini glass!
  • 100% Pure cherry juice
  • Frangelico
  • Whipped cream or vanilla vodka
  • Good quality V.S.O.P. brandy
  • Vanilla extract
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream for rim
  • Dark chocolate for grating

Suggested Food Pairings

The first thought that comes to mind when tasting this cocktail is chocolate. Consider pairing this with:

  • Dark chocolate; chunks of it, dark chocolate soufles, how about dark chocolate chicken mole?
  • Strawberries, dipped in chocolate of course.
  • Macadamia crusted tilapia or halibut
  • Following a fresh spinach salad with strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

How to Make the Cherry Pie Martini

  1. Chill your martini glass in the freezer while you mix the drink
  2. Prep a side dish with enough whipped cream to cover both sides of the glass rim. Keep refrigerated.
  3. Mix in, and/or sprinkle brown sugar into/on top of the whipped cream
  4. In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with ice, combine:
  • 2-2 1/2 oz. Cherry juice
  • 1 oz. Whipped cream or vanilla vodka
  • 1/2-3/4 oz. Frangelico
  • 1/4 oz. V.S.O.P. brandy
  • 1 tspn. Vanilla extract
  • 1 large tblspn. Brown sugar
  • 1/2 tspn. Ground cinnamon

5. Stir or shake thoroughly until sugar is dissolved. This is easier if you add the ice after you mix.

6. Turn the martini glass rim in the whipped cream mixture until you are satisfied.

7. Pour your cocktail in the glass and enjoy!

Hopefully this handful of dessert cocktails inspires you to stock up your liquor cabinet, consider an alternative to your 'usual' when you go out, or better yet, think up your own unique recipes. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.




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    • MosLadder profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Montgomery 

      6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Wow! Thank you! No, no need to remove it. I'm honored. Cheers!

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      Chris Montgomery 

      6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Excellent, do share!

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      Cynthianne Neighbors 

      6 years ago

      yum!! Now I am going to see what I can whip up.

    • MosLadder profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Montgomery 

      6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Thanks Nell Rose, the future is now...:-)

    • MosLadder profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Montgomery 

      6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Thanks oldiesmusic! Coffee floats sound good. Got a recipe?

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, that Irish Mexican Eskimo sounds perfect to me! probably too! these are great and something to bookmark for future! thanks, nell

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      6 years ago from United States

      I love and enjoy floats but only regular coffee floats, never spiked with liquor . I think these are exciting flavors. Will try your recipes. Thanks for sharing them :)

    • MosLadder profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Montgomery 

      6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Thanks Paul! Yes, yes it is. I highly recommend it :-)

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      Paul Edmondson 

      6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I enjoyed the pictures and that spiked root beer float sounds really good!

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      Chris Montgomery 

      6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Hendrika, sobriety is unlikely after this. You get all the alcohol of a regular cocktail plus the calories of desert. Thanks for commenting. Who knew there was an actual place named Pretoria?

    • MosLadder profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Montgomery 

      6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      LOL. Thanks billybuc, just imagine they're all virgin recipes. :-)

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      6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Great recipes, I do not think I will be sober again after having dessert!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I'm an alcoholic. LOL I probably shouldn't even be here, but I wanted to give you some I'll just look at the pictures and move on. :)


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