Boozy Cupcake
[1] Insert booze into cupcakes (all photos courtesy Crown Royal).

Crown Royal Vanilla

[2] Crown Royal Vanilla: blended Canadian whiskeys infused with the Madagascar Bourbon vanilla.


November 10th is National Vanilla Cupcake Day, and we have a purely adult celebration in mind:

Buy a cupcake and a miniature “airline” bottle of your favorite spirit (it’s 1.7 ounces).

Place the cupcake in a dish to catch any drippings. Remove the cap of the miniature and, holding your finger to prevent a deluge, turn the bottle upside down, pushing it into the cupcake.

You may want to eat your treat with a spoon or fork.

This idea comes from Crown Royal Vanilla. Bursting with vanilla flavor, it’s a perfect pairing for most cupcakes.


Can’t get to the liquor store to buy minis? Store has no mini flavors you want?

Here’s a work-around:

  • Measure out 1-1.5 ounces of spirit in measuring cup with a spout.
  • Place the cupcake in a dish.
  • Insert a small funnel into the top of the cupcake and pour in the spirit.

    Use your palate—and the spirits you have—to create different pairings. Some suggestions:

  • Any favor cupcake + cream liqueur
  • Banana cupcake + banana or vanilla liqueur
  • Chocolate or red velvet cupcake + chocolate liqueur
  • Chocolate cupcake + amaretto or mint liqueur
  • Lemon cupcake + Grand Marnier or Limoncello liqueur
  • Pumpkin or seasonal spice flavor + spiced rum or ginger liqueur
  • Vanilla cupcake + cassis, Kahlúa, raspberry or vanilla liqueur
  • Vanilla cupcake + raspberry liqueur and fresh raspberries on the icing
    TIP #2:

    If straight alcohol is too strong for you, dilute it with some water.

    Or, if you like things sweet, make a sugar syrup by heating equal parts sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. Then mix in the spirit to your desired flavor intensity.


    Have a boozy cupcake party.

    Put all the ingredients on a table:

  • Dishes
  • Cupcakes
  • Utensils
  • Miniatures
    Encourage everyone to create a DIY celebratory cupcake.

    You can also provide extra bowls of frosting for the frosting fans.


    If you like the idea of boozy cupcakes, here are 21 recipes to make “cocktail cupcakes”—from Cosmopolitan to Margarita.



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