Boozy Desserts in Chicago

Nothing gets us jumping off the walls like an indulgent dessert, but when it comes to good, old-fashioned sugar highs, we love the adult twist of a spiked dessert. From rum-flavored ice cream to whiskey-soaked bread pudding, we've got seven of the best boozy desserts in Chicago. (Photo: Bread pudding at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse)

Updated: September 26, 2011

Booze-Inspired Desserts in Chicago

Table Fifty-Two

52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610

Table fifty-two is all about comfort food, so it's no surprise that chef Art Smith has a satisfying booze-induced dessert on the menu. His southern coffee dessert features scoops of ice cream with delightful hints of Baileys and Maker's Mark that is topped with coffee, affogato-style. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol--what a combo!

Sushi Samba Rio

504 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

This sushi spot's Sorvete Trio--a mix of sorbets inspired by ingredients found in Peruvian and Brazilian cocktails--is quite the refresher. Look for flavors such as pisco sour, green-apple wasabi and red shiso sorbet.


1 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Specialty cupcakes are key at this Gold Coast bakery that carries no shortage of alcohol-infused desserts. Beer lovers can take a bite of the chocolate Guinness cupcake, and for hard liquor fans, there's the margarita cupcake--happy hour in cake form. The champagne brie flavor fills the savory niche.

Hot Chocolate

1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

It's no surprise that delectable desserts are front and center at a restaurant called Hot Chocolate. And there are a wide range of lip-smacking options from which to choose, but we like Beautiful Pear, featuring port wine-poached and roasted local pears, quinoa and tart dried cherry pudding, and gingerbread--it's all served with a layer cake frosted with red wine cream cheese.

Paris Club

59 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

After an indulgent French meal at this River North hot spot, go for the booze-enhanced pink grapefruit and Champagne sorbet, a perfectly sweet and tart blend that will cleanse your palate while giving a little kick.


112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

There's something comforting about warm banana bread, and Epic takes its version to a whole new level. Try the signature Granny's banana bread--freshly baked bread spiced up with mascarpone cheese and a creamy scoop of rum-spiked ice cream.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

431 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610

Traditional gooey bread pudding is made even more indulgent at this classic steakhouse, where the New Orleans favorite is soaked with whiskey sauce for added oomph.