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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Dessert Cocktails

Drink your dessert. Photo courtesy


Dessert is an American tradition—sone sweetness to end the meal. But if you’re serving adults, before planning for cake, ice cream or other favorite, consider if you might rather have a dessert cocktail. Recipes often include ice cream and a liqueur.

This recipe, courtesy of DiSaronno, makers of amaretto (almond liqueur), evokes the tropics with piña colada mix and fresh banana.

Even if you don’t have access to a beach and swaying palm trees, close your eyes and imagine. Perhaps listen to Elvis’ Blue Hawaii CD.



  • 1½ parts amaretto
  • 2 parts piña colada mix
  • 2 spoons vanilla ice cream
  • ½ fresh banana
  • Whipped cream


    1. Mix all ingredients in a blender with ice and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

    2. Top with whipped cream and a banana slice. Serve with a straw and a spoon.




  • Chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 to 1 brownie, cut into small cubes
  • 1½ parts Godiva chocolate liquer
  • 1½ parts crème de cacao or coffee liqueur
  • ½ part vodka
  • 2½ parts half-and-half
  • Optional garnish: mint sprig or notched strawberry
    on the rim

    1. With a squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup, make a design on the inside of the glass. Add brownie cubes.

    2. Shake the remaining ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into into a Martini glass.

    3. The cocktail softens the brownie into a bread pudding-like consistency. Serve with a spoon.


    Pour a cream cocktail over cubed brownie bites. Photo courtesy Godiva.



    Try this Grand Cookie Crumble recipe with Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur).

    Or, use the recipes above as templates to combine your favorite ingredients. Let us know what you create!

    Find more of our favorite dessert and cocktail recipes.


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