Dessert bars are quickly becoming a hot new trend. By combining two popular indulgences – desserts and drinks – they entice a broad spectrum of customers. While some dessert bars go to the extreme in both categories, others take a more subtle approach to the theme. Take a peek at a few of the dessert bars around the country.
Crave Desserts describes itself as “a progressive dessert boutique that evolves nightly into an upscale lounge.” By offering an array of small plates, numerous desserts (some of which include alcohol), several signature cocktails, and even a variety of flavors of hookah, Crave seeks to satisfy all of its customers’ guilty pleasures.
Some of the dessert items offered at Crave include:
Bailey’s Bread Pudding
Bourbon Pecan Cheesecake
Candied Bacon Ice Cream Cookies
Birthday Cake Martini (pictured above)
Photo courtesy of Crave Desserts Bar
The slogan at Spirited is, “Have your drink, and eat it too!” This self-identified dessert speakeasy features both creative craft cocktails and spirit-infused desserts.
Some of Spirited’s dessert items include:
Chocolate Whiskey Pecan Pie (pictured above)
Spiced Bacon Beer Nuts
Chocolate Martini Oreos
Sanguinellow Cookies (Limoncello, blood orange, and campari)
Photo courtesy of Spirited
Customers at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar can enjoy upscale desserts while sipping martinis and other specialty drinks, such as chocolate beer, champagne cocktails, and spiked hot chocolate.
The menu at Lulu’s features martinis in flavors such as:
Pineapple Upside Down
Key Lime Pie
Photo courtesy of Lulu's Chocolate Bar
Butter & Scotch is a dessert and craft cocktail bar that offers a “unique, creative approach to classic American desserts and cocktails.”
Butter & Scotch tempts its customers with these items and more:
Cocktail Caramel Corn in flavors such as Hot Toddy (cinnamon, honey, lemon zest, and Maker's Mark bourbon), Dark & Stormy (ginger, lime zest, and Gosling's Black Seal rum), and Green Chile Margarita (green chiles and agave tequila)
Coffee Caramel Bourbon Cupcakes
Bourbon Ginger Pecan Pie
Mini Mint Julep Pies (pictured above)
Photo courtesy of Butter & Scotch
If a liquor license isn't realistic for your retail bakery and you don't like to bake with alcohol, you can still pick up on the dessert bar trend by offering some of your existing bakery items in the following formats:
•Cupcakes or mousses served in martini glasses
•Mini desserts served in shot glasses
•Cookies in the shape of wine or cocktail glasses
•Sculpted cakes made to look like beer bottles
Photo courtesy of Cake Creations