Eating + Drinking

The Best Boozy Desserts in NYC

Have your cake and drink it, too, with a delicious alcohol-infused sweet treat.

Ever have trouble deciding between dessert or another round after dinner? At these sweet spots, you can have your cake and drink it, too. Indulge in one of the best booze-infused treats in New York City.

Milk Bar

Leave it to Milk Bar chef and founder—and dessert genius—Christina Tosi to come up with a lineup of Fancy Shakes. There’s Cereal Milk White Russian: a cereal milkshake with vodka and Kahlua; Fancy Birthday Cake: birthday cake shake with spiced rum; Fancy Chocolate Malt Cake: chocolate malt cake shake with vodka and Kahlúa; Fancy Coffee: coffee shake with Frangelico; Fancy Cold Brew Shake: cold brew with cereal milk and Kahlúa; Hot Peppermint Patty: hot chocolate with crème de menthe and crème de cacao; Fancy Fruity Shake: fruity cereal milkshake with triple sec; and Nut Crack’r Shake: crack pie shake with Frangelico. We won’t blame you for slurping.

The Fancy Shakes at Milk Bar (Courtesy of Milk Bar)
The Fancy Shakes at Milk Bar (courtesy of Milk Bar)

Prohibition Bakery

New York City’s original alcoholic cupcakery is helmed by classically trained chef Brooke Siem and bartender Leslie Feinberg, who teamed up to create artisanal cocktail-flavored spiked cupcakes. The Prohibition-themed Lower East Side shop has an ever-evolving menu, with mainstays like the Dark N’ Stormy (Gosling’s Dark Rum, ginger, lime), Pretzels & Beer (Sixpoint Sweet Action, pretzels, Nutella, white truffle), and Old Fashioned (bourbon, bitters, orange, bourbon-soaked cherry). And don’t forget to take home the Mexican Hot Chocolate Rumdrops, with mezcal, cocoa powder, cayenne, and cinnamon.

The Dark & Stormy at Prohibition Bakery (Courtesy of Prohibition Bakery)
The Dark & Stormy at Prohibition Bakery (courtesy of Prohibition Bakery)

Butter & Scotch

Like a bakery, Butter & Scotch’s to-go window opens at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Friday, and like a bar, it is open until 2 a.m. on weekends. The geniuses behind the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, space are “Drunk Bakers” Allison Kave and Keavy Blueher, who gained a following from Smorgasburg and their cookbook First Prize Pies. They offer desserts, booze, and treats, including bourbon-ginger pecan pie, mint julep cream pie, White Russian caramel corn, and rum milkshakes. You’ll want to grab a straw for their Nameshake, a milkshake made with Blue Marble Vanilla Ice Cream, Black Bottle scotch, butterscotch caramel, and finished with whipped cream and toffee bits.

The Dark & Stormy at Butter $(Courtesy of Prohibition Bakery)
The Nameshake at Butter & Scotch (courtesy of Butter & Scotch)

David Burke Kitchen

You’ll never see the classic favorite the same way again after you have the Warm Drunken Doughnuts at this SoHo mainstay. The fresh fried doughnut holes come to the table with injection bottles of chocolate Kahlúa, strawberry rum, and cinnamon crème icing.

warm drunken doughnuts
The Warm Drunken Doughnuts at David Burke Kitchen (courtesy of David Burke Kitchen)

The Chocolate Room

In the dead of winter, nothing warms you up like a cozy up of cocoa. The Chocolate Room takes that concept up a notch with its “One and Owney” Milk Hot Chocolate. Brooklyn’s Owney rum is mixed with 38 percent Belgian milk chocolate, milk, Kahlúa, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. With two cafés in Brooklyn, the place certainly lives up to its name.

The Chocolate Room NYC
Treats at the Chocolate Room (courtesy of The Chocolate Room)