Drunken Donuts Recipe

Donuts are considered one of the most popular desserts in the United States from Nashville, Denver, Anaheim to Colombus. Sweet and luscious, this fried confection can be eaten at any time of the day. Americans even celebrate National Donut Day, which proves the popularity of this delicious dessert in the US.

No one knows when or where this sweet dish was first prepared. However, according to some historical records, the Dutch made a sweet treat known as olykoeks or oil cakes during the mid 19th century. They were basically round balls of cake, deep fried in pork fat. These were stuffed with fruits, nuts, or other fillings.

Through the Dutch immigrants in North America, the olykoeks were popularized and were subsequently prepared in many different ways, using a variety of recipes. Gradually, these olykoeks evolved to become the delicious donuts of the modern era.

Donuts and alcohol are two of the most popular edible items in modern America. Hence, these two items were eventually combined to form a unique dessert. This boozy dessert has been gaining popularity as a homemade dish over the past few generations. Typically, donuts are a part of the breakfast menu, and boozy donuts are gradually topping the list of popular desserts these days among popular food in America.

Let's learn some amazing drunken donut recipes that can be tried at home. These donut recipes can be used to make the perfect dessert item for Sunday brunch. The dish can also be added as a unique sweet dish at cocktail parties.

Drunken Donuts Recipe

How to Prepare Boozy Donuts?

All variants of drunken donuts are prepared from one simple recipe. The basic donut preparation method with alcohol is given below.

Servings: 12 (approx.)

  • 2 cups of all-purpose baking mix
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Alcohol (as suggested)


Prepare a mixture of baking mix, sugar, and egg by stirring the ingredients in a bowl. Once you have the base mixture, you now have to add alcohol to this concoction. Make small lumps of the batter and lighten it up by adding alcohol. Blend everything finely together and coat each of the lumps with flour, until the pieces are half an inch thicker. Now, slice these lumps in the shape of donuts. To do this, you can make use of a shot glass or the rims of a highball.

You can either bake or fry the donuts, depending on your preferences. When you want to bake, take a parchment lined cookie sheet and place it in an oven, which should be preheated to 425 degrees for eight minutes. If you prefer fried donuts, make sure that the frying pan contains enough oil to submerge the donuts fully. Turn the pieces of donut over when they start floating. To cook the other side of the drunken donuts, another five minutes will be required. Then, leave them for five more minutes to cool before you add the frosting.

Procedure for Making the Frosting

Take ½ cup of powdered sugar and some alcohol. This is enough to make about 12 donuts. To cover the donuts with this frosting, you can utilize a basting brush or a spoon.

Here are varieties of Donut preparation using the aforementioned basic Donut batter:

Mimosa Donut

While making this donut, pour 1/3 cup of orange juice into the base donut mix and also a small amount of triple sec. Blend all the ingredients together well, and bake or fry the donut pieces according to your liking. To prepare the icing, add one shot of sparkling wine to the powdered sugar, and then a splash of triple sec.

Old Fashioned Whiskey Donuts Recipe

Combine one-third of a cup of bourbon or rye whiskey with the base donut batter, and add a few dashes of bitters. Prepare the frosting by mixing one tablespoon of cherry juice with the powdered sugar. You can then enjoy these drunken donuts in the best way with a glass of straight whiskey. For beginners, the old fashioned donut is the best one to start with.

Cosmopolitan Donut

For preparing this version of a drunken donut, choose citrus or top shelf lime vodka and add 1/3 of a cup of this drink to the base mixture. The frosting is prepared by using a single shot of cranberry liqueur or cranberry juice.

Pina Colada Donut

Coconut is widely used in many baked treats. Prepare Pina Colada donut by pouring 1/3 cup coconut rum into the batter, along with a shot of pineapple liqueur, in order to make the icing. For extra garnishing, sprinkle coconut flakes on top of these boozy donuts.

Black and Tan Donut

The idea for this type of drunken donut originated in the popular beer cookies. The flavor of beer works well with rich chocolate in a dessert. Take your basic donut batter and add three tablespoons of baking cocoa, and 1/3 cup of pale ale. For icing, use a shot of chocolate liqueur. Dip these black and tan donuts into a glass of Guinness for the best taste.

In Conclusion

Try out the above-mentioned mouth-watering drunken donut recipes and surprise your family and friends with your cooking skills. Include any one or two of these sweet desserts in your next party and make it a roaring hit!
Kalyan Panja