Dessert Drinks for Every Occasion: From Brunch to Late-Night Sipping

Posted by Daniel Corlett on

When it comes to dessert, why stop at just cakes and pastries? 

Dessert drinks can be just as indulgent. Whether you're looking for a decadent after-dinner treat or a sweet brunch-time pick-me-up, finding the combination of sugary liqueurs right for you will be easy. But first, you must explore your options. 

From classics like Irish Coffee and Brandy Alexander to modern favourites like Chocolate Martini and Espresso Martini, it won’t be long before you discover your all-time favourite cocktail. 

Today, Cocktail Crates is here to give you dessert drink inspiration. Each cocktail on our list will also come with a recipe, so you have everything you need to know to create these delicious beverages at home. 

So sit back, relax, and get ready to indulge!

What is a dessert liqueur?

But first, we need answers: what is a dessert liqueur? 

A dessert liqueur is a kind of alcoholic beverage designed to imitate the world’s most popular sweet treats. As is expected, these drinks are usually sweet, thick and often contain ingredients like cream, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and so on! 

Dessert liquors would typically be served after dinner, either on their own or as the accompaniment to a small dessert, like cake or pie. But don’t be fooled: dessert drinks are equally versatile. They are just as delightful when served at brunch or consumed as a late-night treat.

So, whether you need to satisfy your sweet tooth after a meal or enjoy a decadent drink with friends, dessert drinks are a fantastic option. With several flavours and styles to choose from, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Irish Coffee

Kick off your day with a classic Irish coffee, a combination of biting Irish coffee, velvet butter whisky and delicious frothed cream. 

Perfect for brunch, this is a sweet yet powerful cocktail guaranteed to perk you up and get you ready for the day ahead. Cocktail Crates' Irish Coffee Cocktail and Charcuterie Gift Box comes with all the ingredients you need to craft this boozy coffee beverage at home:


- 3 x 50ml Irish whiskey

- 2 x 60ml cane sugar

- 4 x coffee sachets

- 1 x 170g thick cream

Chocolate Martini

If you're a fan of chocolate, you'll adore this modern chocolate martini. 

Made from a combination of Creme de cacao, Vodka and deliciously thick cream, this liquid chocolate treat is perfect for a post-dinner dessert drink. Give the chocolate-lover in your life the perfect fix with our indulgent Chocolate Martini Cocktail Gift Box


2 x 50ml vodka

2 x 60ml Irish cream

2 x 50ml Creme de cacao

1 x 170g thick cream


One of the most classic dessert drinks on the menu, the mudslide contains Vodka, Irish Cream, Kaluha and thick cream. 

With its rich chocolate and coffee profile, the Mudslide is perfect for sipping on a cold winter night. Our Mudslide Cocktail Gift Box would be perfect for those dipping their toes into the dessert drinks game.


2 x 50ml vodka

2 x 60ml Irish cream

2 x 50ml Creme de cacao

1 x 170g thick cream

Brandy Alexander

For a creamy cocktail with a milkshake-style texture, look no further than the Brandy Alexander. 

Made by combining brandy, Creme de cacao, Irish cream, and thick cream, it's perfect for a post-dinner drink with friends. 

Cocktail Crates' Brandy Alexander Cocktail Gift Box contains all the essential ingredients to make this stylish 20th-century drink on your own or with friends at an at-home cocktail-making party. 


2 x 50ml brandy

2 x 50ml Creme de cacao

2 x 60ml Irish cream

1 x 170g thick cream

White Russian

If you like your dessert drinks quick and simple, a White Russian is right for you. 

This cocktail contains Vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream and is ideal for sipping on a warm summer night. Try Cocktail Crates' White Russian Cocktail Gift Box to experience the instant classic for an affordable price. 


2 x 100ml vodka

2 x 50ml coffee liqueur

1 x 200ml cold brew

1 x 170g thick cream

Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini is a classic dessert drink served all across the world. This cocktail is an eye-widening combination of premium cold brew, Vodka, Kahlua, sugar syrup and Frangelico. 

A sublime complement to any brunch-time meal or late-night dinner, this cocktail will satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings. We’ve kitted out our Espresso Martini Box Set with the most premium ingredients so you can enjoy its rich, silky taste from the comfort of your home. 


1 x 250ml premium cold brew

2 x 100ml Absolut Vodka ABV. 40% vol

1 x 60ml Kahlua ABV. 16% vol

1 x 60ml sugar syrup

1 x 30ml Frangelico  ABV. 20% vol

1 x coffee bean bag

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Dessert drinks are a fantastic way to incorporate some of your best-loved flavours into any alcoholic beverage. 

Whether you're in the mood for something creamy and indulgent like a Brandy Alexander or a quick and simple White Russian, all dessert drinks hit the spot just right. 

We hope you enjoyed learning about some of our favourite dessert drinks and feel encouraged to expand your palette. 

Remember: when you’re struggling with gift ideas for your friends or family, check out our Cocktail Crates Gift Sets, which include all the ingredients you need to make some of these delicious drinks at home. Cheers!