What better way to start your morning than a doughnut and a shot of liquor mixed together?
The pastry geniuses over at Cuzin's Duzin have developed a fun concept they're calling "Donuts for Grownups," which involves mixing liquor into the glaze that they then drizzle over their piping hot mini-doughnuts. Cuzin's Duzin is Todd Jones a.k.a. "The Donutologist," who has been making doughnuts in New York City for 44 years, and Eric Santiago a.k.a. "EasyGlaze," who started working with Jones when Santiago was only 12 years old. The shop has been around for 23 years in different Brooklyn locations, currently in the hip food court DeKalb Market, and is about to open a second location in Long Island.
"Hennessy is a very well-known liquor, especially here in the urban community. It's something that I used to drink, when I was younger," said Jones. "I think it's a very good liquor to pair with my doughnuts."
And while you do actually need to be 21 to purchase the doughnuts, Jones explains that you're not going to feel much of a buzz when you eat one.
"You're not gonna get drunk, but you'll feel really nice. Your mouth will feel real nice. It's for the palate," said Jones.
Indeed, after popping one of the Hennessy mini-doughnuts into your mouth, there is a slight numbing effect from the liquor. But it doesn't actually feel like you're taking a shot, since the Hennessy is mixed up, and thus diluted, intthe glaze. The sweetness of the doughnut and glaze with the sweetness of the Hennessy, a cognac, is a perfect match.
Cuzin's Duzin's other big seller for boozy doughnuts is Coquito, a seasonal milky coconut and rum drink from Puerto Rico that is similar to eggnog.