Summer is the perfect season for cocktail swilling – especially when those drinks are sweet. And we’re not talking about cosmos.
Here’s a smattering of drinks that double as desserts, concocted by mixologists and bartenders that cater to stars like Chace Crawford and Nicole Richie. Check out the recipes, and learn how to make these treats yourself.
Frozen Fudge-Dipped Strawberry Mudslide
Celeb Connection: Recipe by Lisa Lillian, author of Hungry Girl Happy Hour out June 22
• 1 No Sugar Added Fudgsicle
• ¼ cup light vanilla soy milk
• 1 ½ oz. vodka
• 1 tbsp. sugar-free, calorie-free strawberry flavored syrup (such as Torani)
• 3 frozen strawberries, slightly thawed
• 1 tbsp. sugar-free chocolate syrup
• 2 no-calorie sweetener packets
• ¾ cup crushed ice
• 2 tbsp. water
Optional: Fat-free Reddi-Wip
Remove fudge pop from wooden stick and place in blender. Add all other ingredients and blend at high speed until thoroughly mixed. For a thinner consistency, add 1 to 2 tbsp. more water. Pour into a tall glass and, if desired, top with Reddi-Wip.
Irish Cereal Milk
(From Abe and Arthur’s, N.Y.C.)
Celeb Connection: Nicole Richie is a fan
• ½ cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
• ¼ cup whole milk
• 2 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
• 1 tbsp. simple syrup
Soak cereal in milk for 30 minutes. Strain and discard cereal. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add whiskey, simple syrup and strained milk. Add fresh Cinnamon Toast Crunch pieces.
Spiked Root Beer Float
(A Restaurant, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Celeb Connection: A Restaurant owner, Mark McGrath
• 2 oz. root-beer flavored vodka
• 1 oz. J germeister
• 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
• 5 oz. Root Beer
Combine vodka and J germeister in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a pint glass or mug. Add scoop of vanilla ice cream and top with root beer.
Cherry Bomb Milkshake
(Southern Hospitality, N.Y.C.)
Celeb Connection: Southern Hospitality fan Chace Crawford
• 1 cup vanilla ice cream
• 6 tbsp. whole milk
• 3 oz. Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon
• 3 tbsp. chocolate syrup
Optional: Whipped cream
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve in milkshake glass and, if desired, top with whipped cream.
Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Martini
(The Hill, N.Y.C.)
Celeb Connections: Visitors Tinsley Mortimer, Jamie Lynn Sigler and Constantine Maroulis
• ½ ounce vodka
• ½ ounce Greene de Menth
• ½ ounce Creme de Cacao
Optional: Scoop of chocolate mint ice cream
Mix all ingredients and add a splash of milk. Rim the glass with chocolate powder. Optional: For an extra treat, add a small scoop of chocolate mint ice cream.