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10 Classic Dessert Cocktail Recipes for Sweet Endings

Karen Frazier
Bartender stirring alcohol cocktail with a spoon

If you've got a sweet tooth, then chances are you've tried a classic dessert cocktail or two in your life. These twists on classic dessert cocktail recipes will provide the perfect sweet and boozy dessert drink to finish your meal.

1. White Chocolate Grasshopper

A classic grasshopper is a delicious after dinner drink, but you can pump it up to the next level by adding white chocolate liqueur and white crème de menthe.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white crème de menthe
  • 1 ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • ¼ ounce heavy cream
  • Ice
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the white crème de menthe, white chocolate liqueur, and heavy cream.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the chocolate shavings.
White chocolate grasshopper

2. Hazelnut Armagnac Brandy Alexander

A classic Brandy Alexander makes a delicious dessert cocktail to satisfy any sweet tooth. Or, you can kick it up a notch in flavor by adding Frangelico liqueur and using delicious Armagnac.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce Armagnac
  • ¾ ounce chocolate liqueur
  • ¾ ounce Frangelico
  • ¾ ounce heavy cream
  • Ice
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Armagnac, chocolate liqueur, Frangelico, and cream.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Brandy Alexander, cocktail

3. RumChata White Russian

The white Russian is a delicious classic dessert cocktail. Adding RumChata liqueur gives it a delicious, slightly spicy twist.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In an old-fashioned glass, combine the vodka and Kahlúa. Mix well.
  2. Add the ice.
  3. Top with the RumChata without stirring.
White russian cocktail

4. Raspberry Frozen Mudslide

A frozen mudslide is a delicious, milkshake style coffee cocktail. Adding Chambord takes it up a notch, giving it a delicious raspberry flavor.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce vanilla vodka
  • ¾ ounce Kahlúa
  • ¾ ounce Irish cream
  • ¾ ounce Chambord
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the vodka, Kahlúa, Irish cream, Chambord, and ice cream. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a hurricane glass, a pint glass, or a highball glass. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Chocolate Milkshake

5. Raspberry Moscato Kir Royale

A classic kir royale is a simple combination of crème de cassis liqueur and Champagne (or another sparkling dry wine). However, you can also use Moscato d'Asti, a lightly sweet fizzy Italian white wine, and Chambord. This combination takes a kir royale to the next level with a slightly sweeter flavor profile to make it a perfect dessert cocktail.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce Chambord
  • 4 ounces Moscato d'Asti wine, chilled

Instructions

  1. Add the Chambord to a Champagne flute.
  2. Pour in the Moscato d'Asti.
Glass of Kir Royal

6. Salted Caramel Guinness Float

Guinness floats are simple to make and a cocktail dessert favorite. This is a gussied up version (a traditional Guinness float calls for vanilla ice cream and plain Bailey's Irish cream). Guinness is surprisingly delicious with caramel ice cream and Irish cream, or try this float using your favorite chocolate stout.

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops salted caramel ice cream
  • 1 ounce salted caramel Bailey's Irish cream
  • 12 ounces Guinness stout

Instructions

  1. Scoop the ice cream into a pint glass. Drizzle it with the salted caramel Bailey's.
  2. Pour the Guinness stout over the top.
Frozen Dark Stout Beer Float

7. Orange-Maple Cinnamon Old-Fashioned

An old-fashioned cocktail is always a classic, but there are so many ways you can jazz it up to make it a tasty dessert style cocktail. Try this delicious maple-cinnamon version.

Ingredients

  • 1 strip orange peel
  • ½ ounce cinnamon simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 2 dashes smoked cinnamon bitters
  • 2 ounces maple bourbon
  • Splash of water
  • Ice
  • Cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In an old-fashioned glass, muddle the orange peel with the simple syrup and cinnamon bitters.
  2. Add the bourbon and a splash of water.
  3. Add the ice and stir.
  4. Garnish with a cherry.

Cinnamon Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon Simple Syrup Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks.
  2. Heat on medium-high, stirring, until the sugar dissolves completely. Continue to heat without stirring until it boils.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes.
  4. Discard the cinnamon sticks. Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for one month or in the freezer for up to six months.
An old fashioned cocktail with cherries

8. Caramel Apple Pie Martini

A classic caramel apple martini is a beautiful dessert drink. This creamy version is a dessert by itself with rich, delicious flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces apple vodka
  • ½ ounce caramel vodka
  • 1 ounce RumChata
  • ½ ounce half and half
  • Ice
  • Caramel sauce and graham cracker crumbs to rim the glass
  • Freshly grated cinnamon for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the apple and caramel vodka, the RumChata, and the half and half.
  3. Add the ice and shake.
  4. Dip the rim of the chilled glass into the caramel sauce and then the graham cracker crumbs to rim the glass.
  5. Strain the drink into the prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with a fresh grating of cinnamon.
Autumn martini cinnamon cocktail

9. Nutty White Chocolate Martini

A white chocolate martini is always a delicious way to finish a meal. Adding bittersweet almond-flavored amaretto and hazelnut liqueur takes it to the next level.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce amaretto
  • ½ ounce Frangelico
  • Ice
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and amaretto.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the unsweetened cocoa powder.
Grasshopper cocktail with cacao

10. Dark and Stormy Float

With sweet ginger beer and dark rum, the dark and stormy cocktail is delicious for dessert. Add ice cream, however, and it's next level dessert deliciousness.

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1½ ounces demerara rum
  • 6 ounces ginger beer

Instructions

  1. Scoop the ice cream into a pint glass. Drizzle with the rum.
  2. Add the ginger beer and stir.
Dark and Stormy Float

Sweet Classic Cocktails

Sweet and boozy make the perfect ending for any meal, and most of these dessert cocktails are so satisfying, they are a dessert by themselves. With a variety of flavor profiles, try one or all of these delicious dessert cocktail concoctions.

10 Classic Dessert Cocktail Recipes for Sweet Endings