The weather is starting to cool down, and in case you missed it, it’s glorious. With the brisk temperatures, it’s picnic weather again. What makes picnics better? Here at VinePair we believe a picnic is not a picnic without a booze accompaniment.
As much as we wish it was appropriate to whip out a bottle of bourbon in the middle of the park, the last thing we want is a letter from the H.O.A. for shenanigans on the monkey bars.
So don’t get in trouble for shenanigans on the monkey bars. Hide your love for booze in the food to get the experience without going overboard.
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Here’s the one-stop-shop to deliciously drunken treats to stash in your basket for the fall picnic.
Whiskey Caramel Sauce by Mountain Mama Cooks
Let’s just start with this whiskey caramel sauce. This stuff is so good that before you know it you’ll be putting it on everything that comes out of your kitchen. It’s perfect for your brunch coffee and also a great addition to the other recipes in this guide. Get ready to make some caramel.
Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake by OMG Chocolate Desserts
When “Fat Amy” said ‘I’m going to finish him like a cheesecake’ she was referring to this one right here. So rich, so divine, so Irish. How can you go wrong with Bailey’s and chocolate ganache?
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Bakergirl
The nutty brown butter. Big chocolate chunks. Bourbon. This is a cookie we all wish was in our adult lunchboxes. Take them to the picnic, take them to work, take them to bed because you will not be able to get enough of these glorious morsels.
Salted Mudslide Cookies by How Sweet It Is
Salt and chocolate is dissonance in its purest form and we’re obsessed. Throw in the richness of the mudslide and we’re completely sold.
Dark And Stormy Sticky Toffee Pudding by Baking A Moment
A spiked twist on the traditional British dessert. These uber-moist cakes are the perfect medium for your favorite happy hour drink. Don’t skip the step of soaking the dates in rum. Do try to contain yourself from eating all of them instead of putting them in the cake.
Rum & Coke Cupcakes by Mac + Molly
Your favorite drink from college just got a cupcake upgrade. Unlike those late college nights, you won’t regret these cupcakes.
Raspberry Stout Cheesecake by Bakingdom
Beer and cheesecake? Don’t question it. The richness of the stout is a perfect blend for a cream cheese angel like this one. The pretzel-cookie crust is a genius blend of sweet and salty, plus you can substitute your favorite stout, whether it be raspberry or a rich milk stout. Time to slice this baby up, tonight just got 10x better.
Spiced Rum Cupcakes by Sugar Dish Me
Everyone always whines because when you bake with liquor, the alcohol get’s burned out. Lucky for you, these cupcakes feature a spiced rum buttercream frosting that will surely warm you up.
Boozy Banana Cream Pie by Baker By Nature
Move over bananas foster, this pie is the real deal. Layered with a brown butter crust, bourbon caramel, toasted pecans, banana custard, and a spiked whipped cream we’re in heaven. We’re drooling all over our keyboards…and we’re kind of okay with it.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pudding Shots by That’s So Michelle
With these pudding shots, simplicity is bliss. These are perfect after a long day of picking apples with the screaming children. Bonus points for being able to make these as boozy as needed and for them being totally in season.
Bailey’s Salted Caramel Pie by She Wears Many Hats
If you haven’t hopped on the salted caramel train yet, better get on before it leaves the station. While this Bailey’s infused pie is an easy crowd pleaser as is, we suggest “accidentally” spilling a bit more booze into the pie while making it. Oops?
Limoncello Tiramisu by A Beautiful Bite
This spin on the classic tiramisu is super fresh and will leave everybody drooling. The author cooked out some of the strength of the Limoncello, but it can’t hurt set some aside to give it an extra bite.
Boozy Chocolate Bon Bons by Vanilla And Bean
There is no better housewarming gift than boozy bon bons, but let’s be real for a second. You could take these to your new neighbor or to the block party– or you can sit on your couch and snack while watching your favorite soap opera.
Tequila Orange Truffles by Wicked Spatula
Oddly enough, these tequila truffles are Paleo, so they have to be healthy, right? While the tequila orange flavor screams summer, we suggest adding a bit of cinnamon to your cocoa powder to spice these up a bit further.
White Russian Fudge by Culinary Concoctions By Peabody
The perfect dessert cocktail can now be your favorite dessert with this creamy fudge. It’s super rich, and super worth it.
Kahlua Balls by Sugarcrafter
Taking a twist on the classic rum ball, these Kahlua bites are a great treat to have with an afternoon iced coffee. And we thought the rum ball couldn’t get any better.
Boozy Coconut Milkshakes by Jake Lemkowitz for West Elm
For those who wish to live the endless summer, these coconut rum milkshakes are just what the doctor ordered. Sip and continue to dream of a world where the sun is always shining and it’s acceptable to drink a boozy milkshake during the day.
Spiked Iced Coffee by Who Needs A Cape
While the Mimosa and Bloody Mary may be the drinks of choice for an afternoon of al fresco sipping, iced coffee is a perfect change of pace. We suggest spiking it with Amaretto for the perfectly nutty blend of crisp coffee and warm flavors.
Kahlua Hot Chocolate by Damn Delicious
This hot chocolate is perfect for the colder months approaching. The Kahlua will perfectly spike this childhood favorite and the nutmeg will take the flavor profile to the next level.
Spiced Boozy Cherries by Cooking In Stilettos
The star anise and cinnamon takes these bourbon cherries to the next level and they’re perfect for a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Of course, you could always just snack on them with a spoon. We won’t judge.
Whisky Caramel Donuts by Chocolate + Connie
Where have you been all my life? After being dunked in TWO different whisky glazes and having whisky caramel sauce drizzled on top, we can definitely say this donut is a triple threat. Pairs perfectly with your boozy brunch iced coffee.
Boozy Bacon Jam by Spoon Fork Bacon
You can’t go wrong with bacon. You can’t go wrong with bourbon. Mix bacon and bourbon together and turn it into a jam? We’re sold. Meet your new favorite condiment.