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Baking with Alcohol: The Best Boozy Desserts

Chocolate mousse, garnished with a tangerine wedge and white chocolate shavings and a shot of Belgian traditional tangerine liqueur on a windowsill against the backdrop of a summer garden

It’s a great time of year to experiment with desserts. The end of summer marks a time just before the traditional harvest season and the holidays to start thinking about mixing up some new recipes. Trying new recipes that utilize a touch of your favorite alcohol as a key ingredient is a fun, indulgent way to fill a fall afternoon.  

Not only does cooking or baking with alcohol make the process more fun, but it also adds unique flavors to dishes. In cooking, alcohol ties water and fat together very well, which naturally enhances the flavor of food and beverages. Here are some tips for baking with alcohol, as well as some recipes to explore and enjoy with your friends and family.

Tips for Baking with Alcohol

  1. Consider the flavor profiles of your favorite cocktails. Red wine, brandy, and port all have a sweetness that blends very well with chocolate, sweet cakes, and even gingerbread. Bourbon and rum blend nicely with cake mixes, cookie dough, and pie fillings, adding notes of vanilla or nuts. 
  2. It’s best to slowly add liquor to your cooking or baking, working up to the perfect taste level. To prevent the harsh taste of alcohol, provide some cooling time in between adding liquor.
  3. Alcohol tastes and cooks differently, depending on when you add it. According to a 2003 USDA study, 5 to 85 percent of alcohol will remain in a recipe after cooking. Be careful when adding liquor, add just enough to taste it, but not enough to become overwhelming. 
  4. If you would like a stronger taste of alcohol in your baking, then you can always incorporate it into a glaze or a frosting for an extra burst of flavor.
  5. Because you are cooking is no excuse to skimp on your booze. The quality of alcohol will affect your baked goods once they are finished. Always use alcohol that you enjoy (which is to say, one you would drink on its own) in your baking.

Boozy Dessert Recipes

Here are some delicious boozy dessert recipes to explore and enjoy with your friends and family!

Rum Balls

Rum balls are the perfect snack to make for when you are having a few friends over. The recipe has the perfect mixture of booze and chocolate and tastes similar to Oreos. This no-bake recipe requires about one cup of rum; however, you can add more or less to taste.

Watermelon Margarita Pops

These frozen watermelon margarita pops can be used as popsicles, or even ice cubes in your favorite drink. With a few simple ingredients, you can make yourself a delicious homemade margarita that only takes about 10 minutes to make.

Boozy S’mores Milkshake

This s’mores milkshake will become your new favorite drink, especially since it’s so easy to make. This boozy drink has everything that you love about s’mores, plus so much more. Don’t forget to add your favorite toppings as garnish! Here at The Creative Barrel, our mission is to make sure you have a safe and fun time enjoying your favorite drinks. As the summer winds down and the holidays creep ever closer, it’s time to begin experimenting with new flavors and crowd-pleasing desserts. What’s your go-to end-of-year dessert? 

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