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