17 Delicious Dessert Cocktail Recipes

Go Ahead, Drink Your Dessert

Grasshopper cocktail

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Sweet, luscious, and absolutely delicious, dessert cocktails are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. The recipes include creamy indulgences filled with vodka, chocolate, mint, and bananas. Others take a more subtle approach, mixing whiskey or tequila into delicately sweetened libations. Many of them even replicate favorite desserts in a booze-filled glass. They're all quite fun and very easy to mix up. So go ahead and drink your dessert.

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    Brandy Alexander Cocktail

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    It's appropriate to kick off the exploration of yummy cocktails with the one and only Alexander. While you can mix up the classic cocktail with gin, brandy is often preferred. This delicious treat is extremely simple and offers a luscious, creamy drink with a hint of sweet chocolate.

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    Banana Cream Pie

    Banana Cream Pie Cocktail With RumChata
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    RumChata has quickly become a favorite for many drinkers. This cream liqueur made with real dairy is the perfect foundation for all sorts of delicious drinks, including the banana cream pie. All you need is RumChata and your favorite banana liqueur. To make it even more tempting, it's served with a graham cracker rim.

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    Banana Split Martini

    Banana Split Martini
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    While you have banana liqueur in the bar, mix up a banana split martini. This vodka martini pairs the banana-flavored spirit with crème de cacao. The real fun comes when you dress it up as you would any banana split. Try a strawberry vodka, add a caramel or chocolate drizzle, or pile on the whipped cream. There are no rules here!

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    Chocolate Martini

    Chocolate Martini

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    Ah, the chocolate martini, how we love thee! There are countless ways that you can mix one up, but sometimes you just have to go super simple. This recipe just happens to be the easiest of them all, though the toughest decision is which chocolate liqueur to use. You can go as light or a rich as you want; it's a delicious drink either way.

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    Dark 'n Fluffy

    Dark 'n Fluffy Cocktail
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    Are you looking for an excuse to pour that marshmallow vodka you have stashed in the bar? This dark 'n fluffy recipe is just the thing you need, taking the chocolate martini to a new level of indulgence. With a healthy dose of cream and a few mini marshmallows, dessert is served!

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    Dulce de Tequila

    Dulce de Leche Cocktail
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    You're going to love the subtle sweetness of the dulce de tequila. The name is Spanish for "tequila candy," though it's not too sweet. The recipe pairs reposado tequila with Cognac, accenting the duo with Cointreau and lime juice. The sweetener of choice is agave nectar and the sugar-adorned rim sets it off perfectly.

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    Golden Cappuccino Martini

    Golden Cappuccino Martini

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    Coffee goes great with dessert, right? The golden cappuccino is a fantastic pairing of espresso and cream and there's no need to fire up the espresso machine, either. To mix up this amazing little martini, you'll need espresso vodka and Galliano. Shake those up with a little cream and enjoy the after-dinner coffee experience like never before.

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    Salted Caramel Martini

    Salted Caramel Martini

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    Salted caramel has become a favorite when it comes to desserts and this martini offers the flavors in both a delicious drink as well as beautiful presentation. The caramel drizzle inside the glass, salted caramel rim, and the caramel candy garnish, along with the shaken mixture of vodka, caramel syrup, and Irish cream will tempt those with a sweet tooth, making for the perfect dessert cocktail.

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    Grasshopper Cocktail

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    The grasshopper rightfully deserves a place in the "modern classic" category of cocktails. It's an irresistible mix that has been delighting drinkers for decades and it's too tempting to pass up. To make it, you'll pour equal amounts of white crème de cacao, green crème de menthe, and cream. The result is a dreamy mint-chocolate cocktail that is low-proof so you won't get too tipsy.

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    Sugar Cookie Martini

    Sugar Cookie Martini
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    Sweet, delicious, and incredibly easy, the sugar cookie martini is a delightful indulgence. You'll need just three ingredients, and they're all very common so there's no need to hunt down special ingredients. Just like the cookie, this martini's even better when dressed up with sugar sprinkles.

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    Key Lime Pie Martini

    Easy Vodka Key Lime Pie Martini Cocktail Recipe
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    When you have a craving for a key lime pie but don't feel like baking, mix up the martini instead. It combines vanilla vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice, and lime cordial to recreate the taste of the famous dessert in just a few minutes.

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    Lemon Drop Martini

    Lemon Drop Martini

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    While you could pick up one of those ready-to-drink lemon drop martini mixes, there's really no need. This popular vodka martini recipe is beyond simple and you'll find that making it from scratch produces a far superior drink. If you have vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup, you're good to go. A lemon twist and sugary rim dress it up perfectly.

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    Liquid Bourbon Ball

    Liquid Bourbon Ball Cocktail with Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

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    In the mood for a little whiskey tonight? Then you'll want to try out the liquid bourbon ball. It's a fun recipe that will delight any bourbon aficionado with its crème de cacao and a hazelnut liqueur accents. Add a little shaved chocolate and enjoy!

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    Peach Cobbler

    Peach Cobbler Cocktail With Peach Vodka

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    Transform another favorite dessert into a liquid treat and mix up the peach cobbler. It's a really interesting recipe that requires you to pour just three ingredients in equal amounts, so it's easy to remember. You'll need a peach vodka, hazelnut liqueur, and heavy cream. Shake away, then sip to your heart's content.

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    Pumpkin Spice Martini

    Pumpkin Spice Martini
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    If you fall into the all-things-pumpkin fan base every autumn, you'll find plenty of delicious pumpkin cocktail recipes to choose from. Rather than the creamy vodka route of so many recipes, this pumpkin spice martini turns to rye whiskey. Pumpkin liqueur gives it that signature flavor while an anise liqueur adds an extra dimension. And, instead of cream, egg white gives the recipe an alluring texture.

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    Snickertini Cocktail

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    As you might expect from the name, this recipe replicates the taste of a Snickers candy bar. The key to this candy cocktail is caramel vodka. Add to that Irish cream, amaretto, and a chocolate liqueur, then finish it off with a splash of cream and a liquefied Snickers is born.

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    Talking Monkey

    Van Gogh Vodka's Talking Monkey Cocktail
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    You may not have heard of the talking monkey, but you'll soon be talking about this obscure little martini. For this recipe, you'll pick up chocolate and espresso vodkas, then grab that banana liqueur and your favorite coffee liqueur. Toss in a little cream and shake it up for a truly delightful drink.