Who needs a drink in their hand when they can eat something that will get them tipsy instead? Combine two of your favorite things — food and alcohol — and you've got an end result that doesn't only taste good, but makes almost everyone happy. I'm talking about food infused with alcohol, of course. What better time to let fruits and other foods soak in liquor than summer and barbecue season?
Soaking your food in alcohol takes care of two things at one time: your desire to drink liquor and maybe get a little drunk, and your hunger. What could be better than that? Fruit is probably your best option when it comes to this — it quickly absorbs your drink of choice and makes it taste sweeter. So sweet, in fact, that you'll barely notice that you're drinking alcohol.
Which brings me to my next warning: be careful with these alcohol-soaked foods. They are so delicious that you are going to want to eat a lot, but, uh, you may regret that in the morning. Make these snacks and desserts to become everyone's favorite party guest or host this summer. Here are 22 foods you probably never realized you could soak in alcohol:
Soak pineapples in vodka and add them to a mixed drink, or just eat them on their own.
Let strawberries soak in champagne for a seriously romantic treat.
Let watermelon sit in your drink of choice — or just stick a bottle upside down into a watermelon.
4. Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake is spongy, meaning it will easily absorb liquids.
Put these all over for your next party or barbecue — and then eat them later, of course.
I'm not sure exactly how drunken doughnuts work, but I am really happy they exist.
Make plums even juicier by soaking them in alcohol.
Marinate cherries in moonshine, and get ready to never look at cherries the same way again.
I'm not sure if these cupcakes are actually soaked in alcohol, but they are made with rum, so that counts, right? Right.
Soak some melon in vodka on its own, or add it to a whole fruit-alcohol-mix.
Make your own bananas foster by marinating them in rum, then cooking them in a skillet.
These pears are soaked in red wine. Does it get better than that?
Soak apples in liquor, or try white or red wine so it feels like you're eating sangria.
Add some white wine to your blueberries for an extra special snack.
Soak peaches in bourbon for a super sweet dessert.
16. Gummy Bears
Vodka-soaked gummy bears are so sticky-sweet that you literally will not be able to stop eating them.
17. Rum Cake
Who can turn down cake soaked in rum?
18. Peach Rings
If you can't get enough of peaches this summer, take peach ring candies and soak them in peach vodka.
Soak marshmallows in vodka — it's way better than marshmallow-flavored vodka.
Make vodka jello into jello shots, or just eat it with a spoon.
21. Sour Patch Kids
Why eat plain Sour Patch Kids when you could drench them in vodka first?
Technically these aren't soaked in alcohol, but they're still the perfect summer treat.
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