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Cardi B Made Boozy Whipped Cream—So We Did Too

Party like Cardi.

December  8, 2021
Photo by Rocky Luten

If you’re looking for a way to upgrade a cup of hot chocolate this holiday season, Cardi B has the solution. Wait…did you just say Cardi B? Yes, the rapper has joined forces with Starco Brands to release three flavors of vodka-infused whipped cream—vanilla, caramel, and mocha. The boozy whipped cream, duped “Whipshots,” is totally dairy-free and does not require refrigeration. It’s said to add a "playful shot of sophistication to any drink, dessert, or party" so that everyone can party like Cardi.

Whipshots hit shelves sometime this December, so if you can’t wait to dress up a piece of pie with a little bonus booze, you can make alcohol-infused whipped cream at home.

How to Make Alcohol-Infused Whipped Cream

This is really one of those concepts that makes me think “why haven’t I been doing this all along?” A couple of tablespoons of whiskey, bourbon, or rum are flavorful additions to a basic whipped cream recipe. To make alcohol-infused whipped cream, whip two cups of heavy cream and two tablespoons of granulated sugar using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, until soft peaks form, about three to four minutes. Add two teaspoons of your favorite booze—go for something rich and slightly caramelized like whiskey, bourbon, rum, brandy, or cognac. Continue to whip for another two to three minutes until stiff peaks form. Think of the booze as a replacement for pure vanilla extract, which is often called for in whipped cream recipes for a little extra sweetness.

While these spirits would generally pair the best with desserts—especially anything with chocolate or nuts—you can also give Cardi B’s method a try and add two teaspoons of vodka. Or swap tequila in place of the vanilla extract for the meringue topping on this key lime pie recipe—it’s the coastal flavor I’m craving in the middle of winter.

For a boozy, fruity whipped cream, add Chambord for raspberry flavor, Grand Marnier for orangey notes, Pimm’s for added strawberry flavor, or France’s Mathilde fruit liqueurs.

What is your favorite type of alcohol to add to whipped cream? Sound off in the comments below!

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Elycooks December 16, 2021
When we were little, my Mom would make key lime pie and top it with Kirsch flavored whipped cream...which we thought was delicious, even as 4 and 5-year-olds. It is a great combo!
Kate December 9, 2021
We tried bourbon whipped cream on pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, and we’re never going back. Since then I’ve been experimenting with brandy whipped cream on… everything. I’ve added the spirits early, not after whipping the cream and sugar, and it works well. It may seem for a second like it will never thicken, but keep going; it will. Also, we’ve been doing this with vegan and regular whipped cream, so don’t feel left out if you don’t do dairy. Coconut cream and brandy make magic happen.