Boozy Desserts in Denver (and at Home!)

There’s just something about summer that makes boozy desserts sound awesome—or is that just me? Sangria, popsicles, trifle with a splash of cointreau… Let’s face it:  alcohol and desserts go together like watermelon and summertime!

If you want to get really creative, check out what these local places are cooking up for the dessert/drinks course!

Beer Cupcakes (and Beer Macaroons!)

Beer cupcakes aren’t anything new, but it’s an idea that needs more experimentation, in my opinion!


beer cupcakes and macaroons

Several breweries around the area are trying to encourage women to get educated and feel more comfortable ordering and enjoying beers, and one of these initiatives is the cool Can Can Girls group from Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont.

When I got the enviable invitation to come talk beer and baking, I was all over that! (Two of my favorite things!) Oskar Blues invited the ladies from Happy Cakes Bakeshop (with locations in Denver and Longmont) to come talk beer and baking, and we got to sample some amazing treats including (from left) a vanilla cupcake with whipped cream, gorgeous macaroon, and the seriously delicious flourless chocolate cupcake made and paired with Oskar Blues’ coconut porter.  (AMAZING!)

According to the lovely ladies at Happy Cakes Bakeshop, you can substitute up to half the liquid in a cupcake recipe for beer with great results. Their suggestions are lighter beers for vanilla and porters for chocolate, but get creative!

I’ve made these Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese Frosting and enjoyed the heck out of them.  😉

Also, these kinds of desserts are usually kid-friendly: alcohol cooks off during the baking process leaving you with more flavor than booze. (Just be aware if you’re adding alcohol to frosting that doesn’t get cooked.)

Boozy Milkshakes

I also got the great opportunity to taste one of the boozy milkshakes at 5280 Burger Bar and Creamery. (Check out my restaurant report here!)  They brought us the Grounded Grasshopper Shaketini which was delicious—and dangerous!

grasshopper shaketiniLove the idea of creating a grown-up version of your favorite milkshake.  These would be a crazy-fun addition to your next barbeque, and easy enough to leave out the alcohol for kiddos.

5280 Burger Bar was kind enough to share their recipe for the Grounded Grasshopper to get you started:

Grounded Grasshopper Shaketini from 5280 Burger Bar

9 oz. of Housemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

.75 oz crème de menthe

1 oz Vodka

Blend all ingredients together until smooth and enjoy!

Needless to say, this one is for grownups only, but you could easily make up an alcohol-free version for minors and anyone not looking to imbibe!

Have you got a favorite boozy dessert? I’d loooove to hear about it.  Link me up in the comments below!

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