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Her Shot: Boozy Desserts for Fall

Her Shot / November 1, 2015 / No Comments.


As the temperature continues to drop, and the days shorten, it is our instinctual tendency to crave warm drinks, soft blankets, fireplaces (with fires, duh), and desserts. Even better, desserts with a twist, if you know what we mean (wink wink nudge nudge). The births of Pinterest, Buzzfeed, and food bloggers really brought boozy desserts into our hearts, because why would you want fudge brownies when you could have Guinness fudge brownies? So, today, we bring you our favorite fall inspired boozy desserts. No, it’s not just you; our mouths are watering too.

By far the most common alcohol to use in fall-themed desserts, Bourbon treats are the best mix of sweet and smoky around. To get started, try any one of these recipes to get you in the swing of things.

Brûléed Bourbon-Maple Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting

Gluten-free Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

While this typically wouldn’t be considered a dessert, it sounds too good to pass up. The next time you need to satisfy your nutritional quota, whip up some of these bad boys.

Rum-Spiked Roasted Caramelized Mango

Hot chocolate season is on our doorstep, so give this adult version a try. We’re almost positive you’ll fall in love.

Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate Recipe

One of the more festive liqueurs around, Kahlua can pack a discrete punch in any dessert, but goes the best with chocolate.

Kahlua Chocolate Cake

You wouldn’t typically think to throw any bubbly in your desserts, but trust us, it works. It adds a pleasantly surprising “pop” to each bite. (yes, pun intended)

Champagne Cupcakes & Champagne Buttercream Frosting

It’s almost as if Guinness was made for cooking. The richness of the beer does not get lost in translation and makes for unique flavor combo in this dessert.

Guinness Chocolate Bundt Cake

Put the dark in dark chocolate with this interesting addition. While some claim to stay away from dark red wine, nobody will be able to stay away from this cake.

Chocolate Merlot Cake


Going Nuts For Pecan This Fall

Cocktails / October 3, 2013 / 1 Comment.

Of all the fall inspired flavors out there, we think pecan doesn’t get enough respect. It’s nutty, cinnamony and full of great taste. Not only is it found in our favorite holiday pies but it’s recently been sneaking into our spirits and cocktails.


The most recent brand to jump on the pecan bandwagon is William Wolf, run by former Hypnotiq team member Jim Goldstein. William Wolf Pecan Bourbon is a mix of American whiskey infused with pecan distillate (basically pecan extract). At $30 a bottle, the new bourbon will make its first appearance in the New York City area and expand nationally with time. William Wolf Pecan rides suspiciously close on the heels of other recent pecan releases: Pecaño and Pinnacle Pecan Pie. Pecaño is a brand new pecan-flavored liqueur started in Texas while Pinnacle was obviously just looking for another seasonal flavor to put out there.


If you’re more of a beer drinker, there are plenty of craft breweries out there exploring the pecan flavor. Try Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale for a true nutty beer. Abita Brewing Co. in Louisiana puts out a Pecan Harvest Ale that would be perfect for any fall occasion. And if you’re looking for a sweeter option, try Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter.


With all of these pecan flavored spirits and beers emerging right in time for fall, we can’t wait to get them into our cocktails. Here are a few recipes that we’ll be sipping on:


We’re pumped that pecans are making an appearance in our cocktails and booze. The nutty flavor is perfect for the fall weather and to get us in the mood for the holiday season.

Pecaño Pecan Liqueur: New and Nutty

Our Stories / July 2, 2013 / 1 Comment.


According to the storybooks, it’s everyone’s dream to travel to Italy and fall in love… and that is exactly what started the love story between Jeff Schmulen and Nochino – a liqueur made with walnuts. When he returned to his home in Austin, Texas, he decided to fill the void of Nochino by experimenting with using Texas-cultivated pecans to make his own liqueur. Turns out it’s becoming a success.


We found Pecaño on Kickstarter, like many other alcoholic gems, but this one was successfully funded as of June 9th – so we’re guaranteed to get our hands on it eventually.  What distinguishes Pecaño is its use of unique ingredients. From what we can tell, pecans are combined with alcohol, spices, sugar, and some other mystery ingredients and then aged. Apparently it has a bittersweet flavor that’s not quite as sweet as a limoncello, and not as tart as an amaretto.


Pecaño can be sipped neat, poured over ice cream, mixed in with coffee, or used to spice up some already delicious cocktails. It is scheduled to be on the Texas markets by December 2013, and after that, who knows where it could go.