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Alcoholic Afters: Restaurants Serving London's Booziest Desserts

By Holly Black (06 Nov 13)
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We love booze. And we love dessert. Why should we have to choose between them? Sometimes after a good restaurant meal, a second bottle of wine might seem a bit much, but a cheeky tipple in dessert form is just good common sense. From warm, rum-soaked sponge dessert, to cooling gin and tonic sorbet desserts, via a liqueur-drenched milkshake or three, London's restaurants cater to the booze fan who also has a sweet tooth.

Le Cercle French restaurant in Chelsea has recently created a new alcoholic dessert (pictured above) in homage to London's favourite tipple: the gin and tonic. The sorbet somehow manages to capture the fizz of the tonic, offset by a creamy sabayon and a warming crumble layer. But, with 50ml of Martin Miller's gin in each dessert glass serving, it definitely packs a boozy punch.

At the Reform Social & Grill restaurant the classic Eton Mess dessert gets an alcoholic update. The Reform Mess is a wonderfully sickly concoction of meringue, chocolate, banana, hazelnut and, most importantly, brandy.

In the City of London, and truly dedicated to the cause, The Folly has an entire flambé section on its dining menu. While this also includes savoury dishes, it's the sweet stuff we're particularly keen on. Try a traditional boozy Crepe Suzette, or if you're feeling fruity, the Flambéed Bananas should do the trick.

At Morito restaurant in Exmouth market they take rum and raisin ice cream to a whole new level. The Malaga Raison ice cream with Pedro Ximenez Sherry certainly has its ratio of ingredients skewed towards the rum, but we're not complaining.

Never one for doing things by half measures, Heston Blummenthal serves up a dessert at his restaurant Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge that you really shouldn't have if you're intending to drive anywhere afterwards. The Tipsy Cake looks like an unassuming brioche but it's been soaked in enough lashings of rum to put hairs on your chest.

If it's more of a snack you're looking for, be sure not to miss London's recent trend for cake-tails. Combining two of the best things in life: cupcakes and alcohol. At the Primrose Bakery, happy hour is a lot more calorific with choices ranging from traditional Mojitos and Moscow Mules, to pear Martinis and Bellinis.

Elsewhere, Cakepop extraordinaire, Molly Bakes, has a different spin on things with a boozy buttercream icing coating her creations in Brick Lane.

Milkshakes always take us back to our youth; memories of trying to suck up the thickest, creamiest concoctions through the world's thinnest straws until we got brain freeze. Happily, Ben's Canteen is making our dreams an alcoholic reality with it's Snickbocker Glory. Yes, there's vanilla ice cream, caramel syrup and milk all whooshed up together to form a delight milkshake-y PG-rated treat. But there's also liqueur – chocolate and hazelnut – for the adults. Now you're talking.

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