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Photograph: Courtesy Butterfly Patisserie

Best alcohol-infused desserts in Hong Kong

From rum-infused cakes to sweet concoctions loaded with rare whisky, we give the lowdown on some of the best boozy desserts in the city

By Sam Evans
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Hong Kong has a food scene that's like no other, with iconic, delicious street food standing alongside some of the best restaurants in the world. We're spoiled for choice in many things epicurean, and this certainly extends to desserts. Many of us city dwellers love things that are not just sweet, but also alcoholic – and in Hong Kong, there are plenty of offerings that combine the two in some truly scrumptious alcohol-infused desserts. Here are some of the best ones, many of which are available for takeout and delivery. Enjoy, and pace yourself, okay?

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Best alcohol-infused desserts in Hong Kong

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Photograph: Courtesy Four Seasons Cake Shop

Black forest cake

Restaurants Bakeries Central

This decadent treat at Four Seasons cake shop is a unique take on the classic, with chocolate sponge cake and Kirsch liqueur-infused cream for an injection of satisfyingly bitter cherry and almond notes. The fruitiness is added to with cherry compote and sealed together with a perimeter of rich, milk chocolate leaves, before topping it all off with cherries. This indulgent creation goes for $395, and is available to reserve online for pickup or free delivery depending on the location.

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Photograph: Courtesy Louise

Canneles bordelais

Restaurants French Sheung Wan

What more could fans of desserts and alcohol want than these bite-sized pieces of heaven at Louise. The cannele is an original French creation, and so it makes sense that one of the finest French restaurants in the city could do them just right. The Louise renditions are delicately flavoured with rum and vanilla, and have a crust to them that gives way to an eye-poppingly soft centre. These treats come in sets of three ($58) and can be ordered on the online Jia Everywhere platform, for delivery or pickup. 

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Photograph: Courtesy InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

Whisky chocolate cake

Hotels Tsim Sha Tsui East

Calling all chocolate fans, this creation at InterContinental Grand Stanford is the stuff of alcohol-infused dreams. The whisky chocolate cake ($380) at the InterContinental Grand Stanford comprises layer upon layer of soft chocolate sponge and whisky ganache, all complemented with the mixing in of top-shelf single malt whisky. The entire, indulgent creation is then coated in a deliciously crunchy chocolate cookie and finished with gold leaf on the top. Is your mouth watering right now? Because ours is. 

Available for pickup every day from 3pm to 10pm. Head to the hotel website to make your order.

Tiramisu

Restaurants Italian Wan Chai
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Grissini’s il tiramisu All’Amaretto ($140) is a perfectly layered, sweet delight, infusing espresso coffee and amaretto liqueur within spongey Savoyard biscuits, cream, and mascarpone cheese. Simple, yet beautifully presented in a large dessert bowl, the serving staff begins by spooning a generous helping of the delicious stuff onto your plate with some typical Grissini flair. Fear not, as the whole bowl – which is huge – isn't taken away but is left for you to indulge in. Enjoy this dish every day at Grissini until 2.30pm.

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Photograph: Courtesy Butterfly Patisserie

Rose Champagne raspberry choux

Restaurants Bakeries Tsim Sha Tsui

Butterfly Patisserie’s creations reflect the daintiness of its name with delicate and light desserts, helmed by pastry master Holger Deh and his team. Once you finish admiring the exterior of the rose champagne raspberry choux, bite into this gorgeous dessert to be greeted with a multi-layered rose champagne flavour. You’ll find it is neither a cake nor a tart, but a delicate choux (light, crispy, and airy pastry) filled with fluffy raspberry cream. Available as a whole cake($520) or as an individually-sized bite ($75). 

This dessert and others from Butterfly Patisserie can be delivered throughout Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, and New Territories. Delivery fees start at $150 and are affected by location and size of order.

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Photograph: Courtesy Butterfly Patisserie

Champagne and Tahiti vanilla butterfly kisses

Restaurants Bakeries Tsim Sha Tsui

 Butterfly Patisserie's alcohol-infused dessert game is so strong that we had to include two of their offerings, not least because they are completely delicious and leave us feeling warm – and a little buzzed – inside. Their Champagne and Tahiti vanilla kisses are perfect for sharing, but who are we kidding, we definitely won't need any help getting through the box of nine ($228) all on our own. Let these heavenly pods melt in your mouth, and indulge in the dark chocolate and Champagne centre. Also thrown into this moreish concoction is sweet brown sugar marshmallow, and notes of Tahiti vanilla. 

This dessert and others from Butterfly Patisserie can be delivered throughout Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, and New Territories. Delivery fees start at $150 and are affected by location and size of order.

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