When you juggle your career and motherhood 24/7, you deserve to (moderately!) indulge between emails and timeouts. Is sipping a glass of wine your favorite way to unwind? Or is satisfying your sweet tooth your pathway to instant bliss? Why not treat yourself to both in one delicious dessert?
If your kitchen is your sanctuary, reserve some time to yourself and check out the following alcohol-inspired dessert recipes. (Save the more time-consuming recipes for special occasions or for when you need extended “me time” to get lost in creating confections.)
Boozy Whiskey Ice Cream Float
This dreamy, creamy treat is a twist on the old-fashioned root beer float from those carefree days of your youth. Not only can you indulge in this (bottomless) irresistible whiskey and stout concoction, but your little ones can indulge on (age-appropriate) yummy root beer floats. Maryanne Cabrera of The Little Epicurean lists all the components of this decadent dessert — homemade whiskey ice cream, drizzles of homemade dark chocolate syrup (promised to be unbelievably easy to make), a shot of bourbon, a splash of Irish cream and chilled stout to fill the glass. For dinner? Braised pork tacos. Bottoms up!
Boozy Brownies With Salted Caramel Rum Sauce
“Calorie kryptonite” is what Tattooed Martha calls these gooey booze-infused brownies. Is your mouth watering yet? The salted caramel rum-spiked sauce will surely sweeten your palate. For an extra kick, go for the spiced flavors of Captain Morgan. This addictive recipe also calls for butter, semi-sweet chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, coarse salt, vanilla extract, eggs and all-purpose flour. Mix together sugar, water, cream, sea salt and, of course, more rum for the caramel sauce. Pair your brownie batch with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and die happy.
Spring's almost here, which means one thing … no, not bikini season … but lazy afternoons on a sunny Sunday cooling off with a red wine Popsicle. Beautiful and casually chic winetails is exactly how Jennifer Pallian of Foodess loves to celebrate summer. Blend a soft, smooth merlot with fresh, pitted cherries and simple syrup. Then, pour the blend into Popsicle molds and stick them in the freezer until they become a tasty treat. Foodess recommends pairing these chilled desserts with linguini, garlic and olive oil or grilled steak.
Planning a bash south of the border? Save the tequila for dessert and sink your teeth into tart margarita bars that are bursting with lime and coconut flavors. Sitting atop a flaky pastry crust and dusted with powdered sugar, this refreshing dessert is the perfect way to complete a Mexican fiesta dinner. Analiese Trimber of Spoon University lists all the ingredients — flour, powdered sugar, butter, eggs, sugar, lime juice, lime zest, lemon zest and shredded coconut. Garnish with a slice of lime, and don't be afraid to go back for seconds, thirds … and fourths.
Irish Coffee Cheesecake
Chocolate cookie crust, Irish creme cheesecake, and chocolate whiskey ganache. If you have a love for coffee and a relentless sweet tooth, you'll be smitten for this refined dessert. Especially around St. Patrick's Day, this indulgent confection will have you hooked to your spoon. The rich coffee flavor compliments hints of Irish creme and the whipped Irish whiskey ganache glistens and melts in your mouth, promises Buttercream Blondie. Top off the Irish coffee cheesecake with whipped cream and espresso beans for a sweetened masterpiece. To bring out the coffee flavor, serve a cup of joe with each slice for after-dinner bliss.
Do you have a favorite spiked dessert?