Simple Shortcake

It is pretty obvious I love cookouts in the backyard and making my favorite summer dessert, drunken shortcake is a great end to those cookouts. This is one of my favorite summertime desserts. I think will quickly become one of yours as well. I was first introduced to this recipe by a former roommate several years ago, and have loved it ever since. My roommate had one particular talent and that was cooking. She showed me a couple of recipes I still use to this day, and this is one of them. Another favorite is a similar version to my Healthy Caprese Salad.


At the time I was introduced to this dessert, I was living with another roommate who was diabetic. She could not touch processed white sugar, so to compensate, the whipped cream was made without any sugar or sugar substitute (because we all disliked sugar substitutes). The fresh whipped cream was actually really good without any added sugar. Add about 1/4 cup of sugar if you do like it sweet. I think it is good with or without sugar.


Fresh Is Best

The key to this recipe is to use fresh heavy cream, fresh shortcake, and fresh fruit. Strawberries are a classic but blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all really awesome when they are in season. This is really good with peaches too, or try your own variation of fruit. Serve this dessert without any cake if you would like to avoid the added carbs. I love it with just the whipped cream and berries. If you choose to not add sugar to your whipped cream, this can even be pretty healthy. Avoiding the added sugar and the cake means there are a lot fewer carbs. Make this without any alcohol at all if you need to serve this to children, or folks who do not like the taste of spirits.berries3Web

The last important tip if you are going to make this shortcake with booze, is to use a high-quality alcohol. I prefer to use a really good cognac such as VSO. If you want to use cheap alcohol, then just be warned, I once soaked my berries in a cheap whiskey and was profoundly disappointed in the taste. Life is too short for cheap booze, use a good quality alcohol.berries2Web

Drunken Shortcake

This shortcake is not your child's shortcake. Add a little punch to dessert to make a splash with your friends and family.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 368 kcal
Author Barbara Tidwell


  • 1 c cleaned sliced fruit (berries, peaches or your favorite)
  • 1 pkg shortcake (or homemade shortcake)
  • 1 c bourbon or cognac


  1. In a small mixing bowl place the strawberries and blueberries and add the bourbon or cognac. Let soak in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

  2. Take a slice of shortcake and place it on a small plate or shallow bowl.

  3. Spoon out the strawberries being sure not to get the shortcake too soggy, unless you like it very soggy with booze.

  4. Top with homemade whipped cream and top with a berry or cherry.

  5. Serve chilled immediately.