Desserts

Miami's Ten Best Alcohol-Infused Desserts

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5. Dark chocolate brownie at Edge Steak & Bar 
Miami has a handful of notable steakhouses, including the Four Season’s show-stopper Edge Steak & Bar, which delights diners with its delicious cuts of meat, vibrant seafood selections, and comforting desserts. Take, for example, the dark-chocolate brownie ($9). Dense, dark, and ultra-rich — it’s exactly how we like 'em, even more so if they come with booze. Sink your teeth into one of these bad boys doused in bourbon caramel sauce, sprinkled with salted chocolate crumble, and escorted by caramel ice cream.
4. Michy’s bread pudding at Cena by Michy
Sweetbread tacos, boneless snapper, and braised short ribs, oh my. There’s much to taste at Cena by Michy. Those who make it to dessert are generously rewarded with chef Michelle Bernstein’s to-die-for bread pudding ($9) — soaked in cognac, packed with raisins and chunks of chocolate, and topped with orange rind and vanilla ice cream. With a taste as luscious as it looks, it’s nearly impossible to resist.
3. Swine sticky bun at Swine Southern Table & Bar 
Many people trek to Homestead for Knaus Berry Farm’s beloved cinnamon rolls, but Swine Southern Table’s sticky bun ($12) is also worth the journey. A gooey maple-bacon bourbon glaze coats a warm cinnamon bun topped with cinnamon butter and pecan brittle and accompanied by a side of salty caramel ice cream. You won’t get tanked, but you will be satisfied.
2. Spiked milk and cookies at Meat Market 
Miami Beach’s Meat Market lets grownups share in the good old-fashioned childhood duo: milk and cookies. Except this adults-only serving comes with a glass of rich and creamy aged rum, crème de cacao, and almond milk whip. What you do with it is fair game. Sip, chug, or use it as a dunk tank for the colossal cookies it comes with, including chocolate chip, double-chocolate chunk, and oatmeal.
1. Piña colada-spiked doughnut hole at the Salty Donut
Miami’s first artisanal doughnut shop gives the city a reason to wake up semi-early Friday through Sunday. Lines begin to form well before the 11 a.m. opening time at the Wynwood pop-up (29 NW 24th St., Miami), when devoted doughnut lovers wait in line for the Salty Donut’s handcrafted creations, especially its hole-in-one masterpiece: the spiked doughnut hole. Twenty-four-hour-raised brioche doughnut holes come with a plastic syringe filled with a rotating liquor. Flavors vary week to week, and the latest addition is straight-up summer in your mouth. Try the piña colada-spiked doughnut hole — which comes covered in pineapple glaze and shredded coconut and paired with a coconut rum shooter — while it lasts.

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Maureen Aimee Mariano is a freelance food writer for Miami New Times. She earned a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida before making her way back to the 305, the city that first fueled her insatiable appetite.