As an alternative to pudding, why not try serving up our mouthwatering dessert cocktails? Learn how to make a classic brandy Alexander, an elegant white russian or a bottle of homemade Irish cream.


Try our ideas below for perfect post-dinner tipples. For more dessert alternatives with a caffeine kick, try our best coffee cocktail recipes or for a lighter post-dinner serve, make our easy granita recipes.

Best dessert cocktail recipes

Baileys cocktail

Time to unwind with this creamy Baileys cocktail, made with double cream and garnished with chocolate shavings for extra indulgence.

Two Baileys cocktails topped with chocolate shavings

Brandy Alexander

Made with crème de cacao, cream and brandy, this decadent retro cocktail is as much a pudding as sticky toffee. A grating of fresh nutmeg adds a nutty, slightly sweet aromatic spice to this easy and elegant drink.

Brandy Alexander in a coupe glass on a pink background

Irish coffee

A great way to round off a dinner party or incorporated in desserts, you can whip up this decadent coffee using different spirits like bourbon, cognac, dark rum or amaretto.

A glass of Irish coffee with a brass spoon on a green background

White russian

Vodka, coffee liqueur and cream is all it takes to make this smooth, classic cocktail. Serve in an old fashioned glass, to be really authentic. Try our twist on the traditional with a chai white russian, filled with warming spice-infused milk.

White Russian Recipe

Chocolate martini

The perfect dessert cocktail for chocolate lovers, this dark chocolate martini is made with just three ingredients plus ice.

Chocolate martini in a glass with a cocktail shaker at the side

Grasshopper cocktail

Looking for a dessert cocktail to serve at your next party? Try this grasshopper cocktail, a three-ingredient drink perfect for fans of mint chocolate.

A blue cocktail garnished with a sprig of green mint

Christmas godfather

A drizzle of cream and a couple of pinches of nutmeg bring our version of the classic godfather cocktail to life. The warming whisky and nutty amaretto blend together perfectly to create our ideal winter drink.

Godfather Cocktail Recipe with Whisky

Homemade Irish cream

Make a bottle of our delicious DIY Irish cream as a thoughtful homemade gift, or keep a bottle to breathe new life into hot chocolate. It's also very tasty served as is over ice.

Homemade Irish cream


Why consign this creamy cocktail to Christmas? Put a rosy glow in your cheeks with this classic, made with egg yolks, sugar, cream, sherry, rum and plenty of fresh nutmeg.

Eggnog in a glass on a snow-covered table

Piña colada

Best drunk on holiday, next to the pool, ideally from a pineapple... piña coladas will transport you to the tropics with the first sip. Delightfully retro, blend up this sensational serve in just 10 minutes.

Piña colada cocktail in a glass, with pineapple wedge garnish

Espresso martini

Combine your post-dinner coffee and dessert all in one tasty glassful. One of the coolest cocktails around, this punchy number blends hot espresso and vodka for a picture-perfect pick-me-up.

A martini glass filled with espresso martini on a grey background

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