Dessert Cocktail & Drink Recipes

Sometimes, a meal is best ended with buttered rum or a peanut butter hot chocolate! We have alcoholic, kid-friendly drinks, a huge selection of old-school mixology cocktail recipes, chai teas, lemonades, and homemade sodas that the whole family can enjoy.

Staff Picks

Orange-Vanilla Shake

Rating: 3.2 stars 10
Replenish your zest for life with this sunny citrus smoothie that blends two peeled oranges with milk and vanilla to recreate a more fiber-rich version of an Orange Julius. 

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Rating: 3.49 stars 1743
Hot-chocolate mix is a wintertime staple. A homemade version is delicious and natural—containing only cocoa, sugar, and salt—and especially economical compared with store-bought mixes.

Hot Cocoa with Almond Milk

Rating: 3.6 stars 284
This dairy-free take on a classic compromises nothing in taste and can be made with any soy, rice, or nut milk.

Coffee Frappe

Rating: 3.55 stars 110
Sweet iced coffee is blended with vanilla ice cream for a homemade version of a coffeehouse treat.

Frozen Mango Margarita

Cooling and thirst-quenching, this spicy-sweet frozen margarita is well-worth lugging out the blender for. Using reposado tequila in the refreshing cocktail lends a subtle smokiness that really enhances the flavor of the mango. A chili-salt rim adds a refreshing kick.

Hot Chocolate Mix

This mix will keep all winter if stored in an airtight container. A dollop of fresh whipped cream is a perfect complement to a mug of cocoa, but you can also add a pinch of cinnamon for Mexican hot chocolate or a candy cane for a taste of mint.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Hot Chocolate

Fancy something cold instead? This recipe is also the base for our Rich Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Malted Milk Shakes

Rating: 3.96 stars 26
Shake up your typical milk shake with a touch of malted milk -- it'll add an irresistible flavor that will make you feel transported to an old soda shop.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Whip up a crowd-friendly batch cocktail for summer with this recipe, which calls for just four ingredients—fresh limes, sugar, fresh strawberry, and white rum.

Brandy Alexander

Rating: 3.8 stars 25
This great brandy alexander drink recipe is courtesy of Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, and it can be found in their recipe book, "In the Land of Cocktails."

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Rating: 4.02 stars 99
This festive holiday drink is served with a peppermint stick.

Dark-Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Rating: 3.61 stars 72
This classic dark hot chocolate contains just bittersweet chocolate, milk, cream, sugar, and a hint of nutmeg. The combination of milk and cream strikes the perfect balance of creaminess.

Inspiration and Ideas

30 Cocktail Ideas for a Winter Wedding
These tipples combine timely flavors to warm up the festivities.
10 Hot Chocolate Recipes to Keep You Warm All Winter Long
Minty or nutty, spicy or spiked, extra-creamy or dairy-free—no matter how you like your hot chocolate, we've got a version to please your palate and chase away every chill.
Frozen Margaritas
Rating: 3.26 stars

Purists may disdain frozen margaritas, but purists don't have the upper hand in San Antonio. This version keeps it simple, with fresh lime juice, tequila, sugar, and lots of ice blended into a frosty mass and served in a salt-rimmed glass.