Because dessert is best when it’s served in a glass and comes with a kick, we’ve found five carefully crafted cocktails perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth:
The Creamsicle ($10)
The traditional Popsicle gets an upgrade in this sweet cocktail featuring a mix of Absolut Mandarin and Absolut Vanilla with a splash of orange juice. Enjoy it as you lounge in candlelight on the vibrantly colored pillows in the Moroccan-inspired Kazba lounge on Epicentre’s top floor.
210 E. Trade St,. 704-761-6567
Caramel Flan Martini ($10)
The bartenders at Blue Restaurant & Bar have long been known for their creative concoctions, whether shaken or stirred. If you’re looking for a late-evening sip or a boozy postdinner sweet, this smooth libation made with Stoli Vanilla, Bailey’s, Kahlua, and caramel is as decadent as any dessert.
Corner of Fifth and College sts., 704-927-2583
Thin Mint Martini ($11)
Crave Dessert Bar’s cocktail menu has a seductive slant with provocatively named drinks that fit the bar’s intimate setting of exposed brick walls and dimly lit tables. But nothing is as alluring as this luscious martini, a mixture of Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, crème de menthe, and Rumplemintz, all poured into a chilled martini glass and topped with chocolate shavings and syrup.
500 W. Fifth St., 704-335-0588
The Cool Chihuly ($11)
There’s no better spot for postshow drinks than the stylish Halcyon, Flavors of the Earth, adjacent to the Mint Museum. This cool and caffeinated cocktail features Cruzan Coconut Rum, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, and chocolate ganache, served over ice.
500 S. Tryon St., 704-910-0865
Rooftop Honey Brandy Sour ($12)
Urban Sip is on the fifteenth floor of uptown’s Ritz-Carlton, but the sweet honey for this potent drink can be found five stories above that, where the LEED-certified hotel raises its bees. The cocktail, made with Maker’s Mark, lime juice, and club soda, is served in a martini glass with a mint garnish and good back story.
201 E. Trade St., 704-547-2244