Confections and Cocktails: Four boozy desserts to try right now

These four NoVA locations are making sweet treats with mature ingredients.

wine and ice cream
Photo courtesy of The Black Squirrel

Combine sweet treats with beer, wine and booze this summer.

Dolcezza Gelato

Whether white peach prosecco or mojito sorbetto, these gelato flavors only hint at booze: The treats are safe for all ages. // Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee: 2905 District Ave., Fairfax

Ice cream and dessert wine pairings at The Black Squirrel

The newly opened Black Squirrel in Dunn Loring is celebrating National Ice Cream Month with a pairing of homemade ice creams with glasses of Virginia port-style wine and dessert wines, ending July 31. Options include smoked white chocolate ice cream paired with Paradise Springs Swagger, a port-style wine, and salted caramel and applewood-smoked bacon ice cream paired with Horton Vineyards Rojo, a red dessert wine with a dark chocolate essence. // The Black Squirrel: 2680 Avenir Place, Vienna

beer float
Photo courtesy of Heavy Seas Alehouse
Heavy Seas Alehouse beer float

For a hop-filled dessert, go to Heavy Seas Alehouse in Arlington for a beer float. A spin on a root beer float, the beer floats come in five flavors including Peg Leg, featuring an imperial stout with vanilla ice cream and Coke. // Heavy Seas Alehouse: 1501 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

chocolate and wine
Photo courtesy of Trummer’s on Main
Trummer’s on Main chocolate and rum pairings

Three artisanal chocolates are paired with three rums, and the duos are a sweet and strong treat. The combinations include 23-year Zacapa, five-year Plantation and Pyrate rums with 65 percent purace, 65 percent sumapaz and 70 percent cocuy chocolates. // Trummer’s on Main: 7134 Main St., Clifton

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