If your nearest and dearest are gathering to toast your birthday with a cocktail party, go ahead and make the evening a little sweeter with boozy cupcakes. With boozy cupcakes you get the cake your birthday celebration deserves, with inspiration from your favorite cocktail. And as for topping off these sweet treats, you can leave that assortment of colored sprinkles right where they are — we have five fun ways to garnish boozy cupcakes just like a cocktail.
1. Gummy Fruit Slices
A simple lime wedge is used as a garnish for so many cocktails, and it's a staple in everything from margaritas to mojitos. Use this as inspiration and decorate boozy cupcakes just as you'd garnish your drink, although with a sweeter twist: Reach for bite-sized lemon, lime, or orange gummy fruit slices.
2. Dried Pineapple Flowers
When boozy cupcakes take a tropical twist, dried pineapple flowers make a really beautiful (and edible!) decoration. Fresh pineapple is thinly sliced, dried in the oven, and shaped into pretty flowers.
3. Pretty Straws
Here's one more way to put those pretty paper straws you have stashed away to good use. From cupcakes flavored like daiquiris to margaritas to piña coladas, this is a fun way to bring the cocktail theme to your cupcakes.
Get inspired: Island Daiquiri Cupcakes from Sugar and Soul
4. Fresh Fruit
Fact: No matter what kind of wine you start with, a big pitcher of sangria isn't complete without the fruit (and plenty of it!). Likewise, sangria-inspired cupcakes deserve the same treatment. Chopped fresh fruit, like berries, peaches, cherries, or bite-sized orange slices is always a good choice for a finishing touch.
Get a recipe: Sangria Cupcakes from The First Year
5. Crumbled Bacon
Always say yes to bacon and bourbon. These two are a natural (and totally delicious!) pairing, so topping off the buttercream with a sprinkle of these crisp crumbles is always a winning move.
Get a recipe: Maple Bacon Bourbon Cupcakes from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen