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6 Must-Try Dessert and Cocktail Pairings in Houston

By Marcy de Luna
May 13, 2014

Wine and food have always gone together, but cocktail and dessert pairings have started to steal the spotlight. These six combinations go beyond a glass of port and a piece of chocolate for a union of sugar and booze that proves a happy marriage.

  • Backstreet Cafe

    The mocha meringue cake, a sweet mocha chocolate mousse with an orange cream and orange sauce, pairs seamlessly with the Bittersweet Goodnight, a cocktail made with Prosecco, vanilla-flavored Cuarenta y Tres liqueur, orange bitters and aperol, served in a chocolate-rimmed flute.

    1103 S. Shepherd Dr.; 713-521-2239

  • Trenza

    Tres leches cake, made with coconut milk and orange cream, is divinely sweet. The Melon Head white sangria, citrusy with hints of peaches and apricots, is a nice counter to the cake's richness.

    2800 Kirby Dr.; 713-526-1414

  • Prego

    Flourless lemon soufflé pairs well with Cocchi Barolo Chinato, an after-dinner wine similar to port, but made from Italian Barolo. The spicy drink holds its own against the zesty lemon in the soufflé.

    2520 Amherst St.; 713-529-2420

  • Haven

    This playful combination sees decadent dark chocolate pie complemented with the Milk Punch cocktail, a classic drink of brandy, milk, sugar and nutmeg.

    2502 Algerian Way; 713-581-6101

  • Coppa Ristorante Italiano

    A frozen match made in heaven, the sweet Coppa cocktail, a frosty peach bellini topped with Prosecco, offsets the semi-tart tasting icy lemon semifreddo dessert. 

    5555 Washington Ave.; 713-426-4260

  • Mark's American Cuisine

    Summer flavors unite. The Hill Country Tea, a blend of whiskey, lemon tea vodka, orange liquor and peach nectar with a float of iced tea, is paired with the raspberry shortbread tart, a dessert filled with sweet raspberries and topped with a scoop of pistachio ice cream.

    1658 Westheimer Rd.; 713-523-3800

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Places Mentioned

Backstreet Cafe

American • River Oaks

Food26 Decor24 Service25 Cost$39
 
 
 
Prego

Italian • Rice Village

Food24 Decor20 Service23 Cost$36
 
 
 
Trenza

Upper Kirby

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Coppa Osteria

Italian • Rice Village

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Mark's American Cuisine

American • Montrose

Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$75
 
 
 
 
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