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Boozy cupcakes for Valentine's Day.

Forget chocolate. To show your sweetheart just how much you care this Valentine’s Day, you need to bake something delicious. But a batch of regular old Toll House cookies isn’t going to cut it. (That goes double for oatmeal cookies.)

The occasion — and, of course, your loved one — deserves an extra-special confection. We’re talking about making some spirited baked goods. These adult treats combine two of our favorite things, liquor and dessert. In the past, we’ve served sinfully good Bourbon, Vanilla, and Chocolate Milkshakes, a decadent Chocolate Whiskey Tart, and rich Almond Cognac Cookie Sandwiches.

But we wanted to whip up a new dish for the holiday, so we asked New York’s Prohibition Bakery for the recipe for one of their boozy creations. Co-owners Brooke Siem and Leslie Feinberg suggested their A Port in the Storm mini-cupcakes, which call for tawny port and coffee stout, plus dark cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and espresso.

After a few of these delicacies, we’re sure your sweetheart will be quite appreciative. You can thank us later.

Click here for the recipe for a Port in the Storm cupcakes.

This story was originally published at Spirited Cooking: Boozy Cupcakes. For more stories like this, subscribe to for the best in all things cocktails and spirits.

From The Boozy Baker: 75 Intoxicating Recipes for Spirited Sweets Plus 25 Cocktail Recipes The Boozy Baker by Lucy Baker

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  • Categories: Cakes, large Frostings & fillings Dessert
  • Ingredients: cake flour ouzo oranges dried figs ground cinnamon all-purpose flour butter sugar eggs confectioner's sugar

How to Make Fireball Poke Cupcakes

They’re extremely easy to make. It all starts with a box of cake mix. I prefer to use Betty Crocker’s YELLOW cake mix . The key is to use Fireball Whisky instead of water. That’s it! And, to add one teaspoon of cinnamon for a little extra kick. Otherwise, you follow the directions on the box!

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Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, poke holes in most of them. I do not add caramel to every cupcake. I always include some plain fireball cupcakes in addition to the fireball poke cupcakes. You can distinguish the difference by using different color cupcake liners and/or a different candy topping.

I like to use Atomic FireBalls for the Fireball POKE Cupcakes. For the regular, non-poked Fireball Cupcakes, I usually use Hot Tamales or Cinnamon Gummy Bears. The Gummy Bears are ADORABLE, but harder to find.

50 Liquor Infused Cupcakes That Will Take Make Friday Night Much More Fun!

Prep for the weekend with a batch of these boozy baked bites. Dinner parties, wine nights with the girls or a celebration of any kind (for adults, of course) can be amped up a bit with some of these moist and delicious mini-cakes. Preheat the oven and scour all 50 of these liquour-infused cupcakes that will make your Friday nights – or any night – that much more fun!

1. Sailor Sunday

Add some rum to your chocolate cupcakes like you see here with these Sailor Sunday special. The recipe can be caught over at Tattooed Martha.

2. Bourbon Maple Bacon

Wonky Wonderful has this intricate recipe for making bourbon maple bacon cupcakes full of rich flavors. And you cannot forget the buttercream icing.

3. Spiked Raspberry Lemonade

Here’s a yummy treat for the summertime, just taken up a notch with the addition of raspberry liquor. Grab the details over at A Beautiful Plate.

4. Bailey’s Irish Cream

Fruetcake made these Irish cream cupcakes that you’re really going to love. They’re sweet, they’re satisfying and perfect for a late night snack all year long.

5. Vodka

Check out The Baking Robot for this great recipe for vodka-infused cupcakes! These would be perfect to ring in the New Year or celebrate a big anniversary too!

6. Pina Colada

Neighborfood took one of the most popular vacation drinks and brought it to life in cupcake form. And we’re drooling over the scrumptious creations, aren’t you?

7. Gin & Tonic

If you’re a fan of gin and tonic then you’ll need to stop by at Scaredy Cat Kitchen and give this recipe a try. Garnish is to make it pretty and then pass them around like cocktails.

8. Malibu Mommy

Stephanie Lynn gives us this innovative idea for making Malibu “Mommy” cupcakes. And all you need is some white cake mix to get it started.

9. Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey

These cupcakes are perfect for those with a southern taste for whiskey. Check out these Jack Daniels cupcakes complete with a boozy drizzle at Creative Culinary.

10. Buttered Rum

For those with a pirate-inspired palette, check out these buttered rum bites over at Adventures in Cooking. Just look how adorable the pirate theme can be when decorating.

11. Kir Royale

Live Love Pasta has another champagne cupcake recipe that we’re left swooning for. Follow along with the easy tutorial and serve these up tonight!

12. Margarita

Here are some classic margarita cupcakes complete with a green-hue and beautiful garnish. You’ll need to visit Tide & Thyme for the recipe!

13. Chocolate & Irish Cream

For an extra satisfying bite with a boost of chocolate, check out these cupcakes from CupcakePedia. And this one includes fudge cake mix for extra moisture.

14. White Russian

Paint Chips and Frosting took a white Russian and transformed it into an edible piece of cake. Complete with a drizzle that will tantalize the tastebuds!

15. Cinnamon Eggnog Bourbon

If you’re looking for a holiday treat, check out these cinnamon eggnog bourbon cupcakes from The Java Cupcake Blog! They’ll be perfect for gift exchange parties and the like.

16. Jack & Coke

Sweet Mivi made jack and coke cupcakes with a gummi coke bottle topping that made us giggle. These will be a sure hit among your pals so make sure to create a big enough batch!

17. Peach Bellini

Create a peach bellini cupcake with the help of The Java Cupcake. With some edible pearls on top and peach-hued icing, they’re quite the cute treat too.

18. Honey Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk

Half Baked Harvest has a lot going on in these masterful cupcakes. But the spark to the madness comes in the form of its boozy honey buttercream frosting.

19. Sultana

Check out these sultana cupcakes with brandy-infused frosting. They’re really great around the holidays, perfect for dinner parties too and can be found at Reveal.

20. Ginger Beer & Pineapple Pisco

Here’s another unique spin on a classic cupcake. F & B Apartment has all the details on how to make these including its moist middle section.

21. Chocolate Amaretto

Eating Abroad gives us one of my personal favorites on the list … chocolate amaretto cupcakes with a bit of almond garnish! Check out it after the jump!

22. Fireball & Hard Cider

The party will really get started once you pass these puppies around. Grab all the directions at If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen for these fireball and hard cider cupcakes.

23. Whiskey Sour

Beth Cakes made a whiskey sour cupcake that everyone at the party will dive into – even the men! Snag the recipes and get to infusing those cakes!

24. Mini Mimosa

These tiny drink-inspired cupcakes are too cute, too delicious and perfect for a celebration. You can find the recipe by visiting This Silly Girl’s Kitchen.

25. Tequila Sunrise

Really put some pep into your dessert by making these tequila sunrise cupcakes from Love & Olive Oil. And don’t forget the orange juice!

26. Mudslide

Tracey’s Culinary Adventures took a chocolatey, dessert drink and made it even more dessert worthy by making it into a cupcake. Enjoy it from top to bottom, our favorite part is the swirled icing!

27. Red Wine Velvet

How don’t red wine velvet sound to you? Even better than the more classic baked good, red velvet, these are exploding with fun for vino lovers. Check them out at butter me up, brooklyn.

28. Spiked Peach

Grab some spiked peach cupcakes to celebrate a new job, birthday or just to highlight the weekend! Kiwi and Peach has all the details on the bourbon infused creations.

29. Champagne

Some classic champagne cupcakes could be exactly what you need to make your next party complete. Visit Gimme Some Oven for the details.

30. Cosmos

The Novice Chef makes some sassy cosmo cupcakes that we’re completely swooning for. Especially with that straw garnish to pay homage to the classic cocktail.

31. Sangria

How do sangria cupcakes sound for this evening? We found this recipe over at Country Living and can’t wait to try them ourselves.

32. Chocolate Bomb

Check out these boozy chocolate bomb cupcakes from The Crumby Cake. They’re dressed in Halloween attire but you don’t have to do that, of course. But you can’t forget the caramel whiskey filling!

33. Southern Comfort

My Baking Addiction took a bit of Southern Comfort and injected her cakes with it! Find all the details out on the blog and start baking!

34. Banana Bourbon Butterscotch

There’s a lot of flavor happening in these cupcakes and we’re in love with the combination from Bakers Royale! Banana cupcakes, bourbon butterscotch filling and some toasted marshmallow frosting to top it off!

35. Dark Chocolate Chambord

Bakers Royale made this delicious treat too. It’s full of chocolate and topped with an icing that’s infused with some Chambord – although the recipe states that you can use any of your favorite liquor.

36. Chianti Chocolate

Sprinkle Bakes made some Chianti chocolate cupcakes that we’re drooling over. And we’re kind of loving the grape garnish and rose-colored frosting.

37. Tiramisu

With a bit of rum, you can make some boozy and delicious tiramisu cupcakes just like these gorgeous ones from Cupcake Project. These are a classic and an absolute fan-favorite.

38. Drunken Apple

Melissa Hanson made some beautiful and delicious drunken apple cupcakes that we think would be the most perfect of fall treats. The frosting is infused with RumChata!

39. Chocolate Espresso with Kahlua

If you’re a fan of Kahlua then you’ll want to hop on over to Art of Dessert and check out this cupcake recipe. Chocolate espresso cupcakes are rounded off with some Kahlua cream cheese frosting!

40. Cranberry Margarita

Baker by Nature took a margarita and turned it into a cupcake. Then it was kicked up a notch by flavoring it with some sweet and tart cranberries!

41. Frangelico

Check out these frangelico cupcakes from Little Box Brownie. And besides the bit of liquor, peanut butter is the star of this show.

42. Parma Violet

Katiecakes made some unique and gorgeous violet cupcakes for all of us to get intrigued a bit by. Infused with violet liquor, the one is fun for experimenting with new flavors.

43. Raspberry Mojito

The Java Cupcake made some raspberry mojito cupcakes that would be perfect for a summer day with the gals. And of course, the perfect garnish to this bite are some fresh berries.

44. Espresso Martini

Over at the Domestic Gothess you’ll find this awesome recipe for an espresso martini cupcake. Coffee lovers and dessert drink connoisseurs unite for this treat.

45. Blackberry Cabernet

You’ll need to visit the geniuses behind Bakers Royale for this one too. Blackberry cabernet cupcakes sounds like the perfect topping to a night of celebrating and enjoying, don’t you think?

46. Appletini

Who loves a crisp and sweet appletini to top off their night? Well, what about if you visit Bakers Royale and learn how to make it in cupcake form? YUM!

47. Mint Julep

Take time out for the races with these mint julep cupcakes from Frog Prince Paperie. They’re really great for bridal shower treat, especially if it’s themed!

48. Dark & Stormy

These cakes are infused with ginger beer and the frosting infused with rum. Check out this “dark & stormy” recipe at Country Living.

49. Strawberry Moscato

What gal wouldn’t love to whip up a batch of these for her and her beau or just a group of her best ladies? These beautiful treats and their recipe can be found at Eat Yourself Skinny.

50. Strawberry Margarita

Check out these strawberry margarita cupcakes from The Baker Chick. They’re not only beautiful but they’re perfect for a summertime fiesta in the backyard or for a regular ole girl’s night!

3 Boozy Cupcake Recipes to Make Immediately

When it comes to dessert, Prohibition Bakery's motto is "please eat responsibly." And while stuffing your face with cupcakes surely sounds like the responsible thing to do in any situation, they aren't talking about calories. Each of the New York-based bakery's mini cupcakes combine sugary sweetness with a healthy dose of liquor for a grown-up version of your favorite childhood treat.

We asked founders Brooke Siem and Leslie Feinberg to share three of their most delicious homemade cupcake recipes, so that you too can enjoy the pleasures of these decadent treats. While the instructions may seem intimidating&mdashyou have to prepare the cake, filling, and icing separately&mdashthese recipes are sure to be a huge hit at your next party. And let us be the ones to warn you&mdashafter one bite, you'll never want to go back to "virgin" desserts again.

1. The Sangria

Best known as the drink of choice for a girl's night out, sangria is the perfect beverage for a warm summer night. This mini cupcake is filled with wine and pear brandy, with orange juice and zest mixed into its cake batter for a fruity, refreshing dessert option.

2. Dark & Stormy

This boozy cupcake certainly packs a punch, thanks to Gosling's rum, ginger beer, and lime. While it may look like an unassuming dessert at first glance, it has all the makings of a successful happy hour hiding inside.

3. Blood & Smoke

Don't let the innocent look of the pink icing fool you&mdashthis adventurous treat is filled with Alacrán mezcal and blood orange flavor, with a dash of ancho chile salt for an added kick.

If you don't have the time necessary to whip up these treats yourself, don't worry&mdashProhibition Bakery is located on New York City's Lower East Side, but it ships its bite-sized boozy cupcakes and gumdrops nationally. Learn more on the Prohibition Bakery website.

Cocktail Cupcakes

As part of the Birthday Rush party, we made our “pledge” do shots–cupcake shots! My recipes aren’t original, in fact I found them here at as an excerpt from The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets (a book I think I might be buying soon!)

I tried four variations: Mint Julep Cupcakes, Lemon Drop Cupcakes, Coffee Chocolate (Kahlua & Cream) Cupcakes and the Berry Boozy Cupcakes. The secret to making these taste like their liquid counterparts is the frosting. The cake recipe wasn’t very moist and the one tablespoon of booze didn’t impart much flavor. Soaking the cupcakes in alcohol (for me) was out of the question, as they had to hold up as cupcakes.

So if I were to do it again, this is how I would go about it…but you’re free to learn from your own experiences and follow the Boozy Baker’s recipes as well!

Baking your cupcakes. I’m all for doctoring cake mixes. I CAN bake from scratch, but these days, I’m usually in a rush, and mixes are so much easier. Substitute part of the water required for booze when you make your white cake mix for the flavoring. And quite frankly, just adding an extra tablespoon of burbon on top of the full amount of water isn’t going to make your cake fall flat.

Frostings. If the flavor isn’t strong enough using 1/4 cup of alcohol, you can increase it in lieu of milk, just be mindful of the thickness of your frosting.

With that in mind–the recipes.

Mint Julep Cupcakes

Cake mix: Add 1 tablespoon burbon to cake mix.

Frosting: 1 3/4 sticks butter, 6-8 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup bourbon. Blend together with your mixer on high. If the frosting is still too stiff, add in a little bit of milk at a time, whipping the frosting between beatings.

Lemon Drop Cupcakes

Cake mix: Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a heaping tablespoon of lemon zest to cake mix. Or just use a lemon-flavored cake mix.

Frosting: 1 3/4 sticks butter, 6-8 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup Absolute Citron (what I used) or limoncello. Blend together with your mixer on high. If the frosting is still too stiff, add in a little bit of milk at a time, whipping the frosting between beatings.

Garnish with yellow sanding sugar and lemon zest.

Kalhua and Cream Cupcakes

Cake mix: Use a chocolate cake mix. Add 1 teaspoon coffee liquor to cake mix.

Frosting: 1 3/4 sticks butter, 6-8 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup Kalhua. Blend together with your mixer on high. If the frosting is still too stiff, add in a little bit of milk at a time, whipping the frosting between beatings.

Garnish with cocoa powder and chocolate covered espresso beans or mini chocolate chips.

Berry Boozy Cupcakes

Cake mix: These were my favorite. After putting the cake mix in the liners, spoon a teaspoon or raspberry jam into the center of each cupcake, then bake. Strawberry jam also works if you don’t want to use raspberry (or don’t have it like I did.)

Frosting: 1 3/4 sticks butter, 6-8 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup raspberry liqueur. I used Framboise. Blend together with your mixer on high. If the frosting is still too stiff, add in a little bit of milk at a time, whipping the frosting between beatings.

These Boozy Strawberry Cupcakes are so Perfect. I die.

It was a girl&rsquos night-in for me and a girlfriend and, despite a trip to the grocery store earlier in the day, not a treat was to be had, not even a cookie!

So, I thought, why not make something fun?!

Dude, the resulting Boozy Strawberry Cupcakes are so perfect. I die.

They&rsquore easy, fun, and so full of strawberry magic, I might have to make them again.

You know, for another girl&rsquos night-in.

As with all the best cupcakes, I start with the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe.

It&rsquos simple, easy, and fool-proof.

Then, it&rsquos time to dress it up, boozy strawberry cupcake-style!

I wanted to make this like a poke-cake, where the cupcake had, basically, a filling of liqueur.

And though I could have used strawberry jello, I didn&rsquot want to wait for it to set. I wanted my boozy strawberry cupcakes now now now! LOL!

So, I just combined my strawberry liqueur with corn syrup to thicken it. Worked like magic.

And, of course, to get this magical strawberry mixture into the cupcake, I went with the world&rsquos biggest poke&ndashthe piping tip in the middle!

Little tip for you here, if you give a little twist at the end of your poke, it&rsquoll make the little cap of cupcake come out a lot easier.

Now, I added about as much corn syrup/liqueur mixture to each cupcake as it would hold.

That meant waiting a minute for it to soak in.

But you&rsquore welcome to put as little or as much into each of your cupcakes as you&rsquod like&ndashthey&rsquore yours.

Once the liqueur had a minute to soak-in really well, I put the cap back on each cupcake.

Now, you don&rsquot HAVE to do this part, but I mean, why waste that little bit of cupcake?!

For a frosting, I thought about trying to mix some of the strawberry liqueur into my favorite canned frosting, but it would make it not stiff enough to stand-up for any amount of time.

So I decided to just go with regular frosting colored pink.

And, dude, that pink frosting&hellipit&rsquos so pretty!

Point of fact: pretty cupcakes with pretty frostings taste better.

And you know what makes a cupcake the most prettiest it can be? Frosting it with a decorating bag and star tip.

If you&rsquore afraid to try this&ndashlike I used to be&hellipdon&rsquot be.

It&rsquos actually really easy. Just be brave and give it a shot.

Because, if you are a little brave and try throwing frosting onto a cupcake with a star tip?

You&rsquore going to have the prettiest boozy strawberry cupcakes ever.

And, like I said before, prettier cupcakes taste better.

So, are you ready, then to make your own boozy strawberry cupcakes? No frosting?!

Just pin this to your favorite boozy cupcakes board on Pinterest so you can find it again when you&rsquore ready.

And don&rsquot forget to drop a 5-star rating on this recipe to let us know you loved it and want to see more fun recipes like this one!

Recipe Summary

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (16 ounce) can white frosting
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 ½ cups white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water, or more as needed
  • 15 drops red food coloring
  • 3 drops blue food coloring

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2, 12-cupcake tins with paper cupcake liners.

Blend cake mix, 1 cup water, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Divide cake batter between lined cupcake tins.

Bake cupcakes in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool completely. Frost cupcakes with white frosting.

Make the sugar glass. Mix 2 cups water, 1 cup corn syrup, white sugar, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan bring to a boil. Use a candy thermometer and boil sugar syrup until temperature reaches 300 degrees (hard ball), stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken as water evaporates. When sugar reaches 300 degrees, quickly pour onto a metal baking pan. Cool until completely hardened. Break into "shards" using a meat mallet.

Make the edible blood. Mix together 1/2 cup corn syrup and cornstarch in a large bowl. Slowly stir in the 1/4 cup of water, adding more if necessary, until the corn syrup mixture has thickened to the consistency of blood. Stir in the red and blue food coloring.

Stab each frosted cupcake with a few shards of broken sugar glass. Drizzle on drops of "blood" to complete the effect.

Every now and then we come across adult cupcakes, most of which include alcohol. This time, Cosmopolitan has and article with several recipes for alcohol cupcakes by Lucy Baker, author of The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets. Start with a basic recipe included on the Cosmo website then follow with one of the 9 alcohol variations of your choice shared below.

9 Boozy Variations

1. Mint Julep Cupcakes: When preparing the cupcakes, reduce the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon and add one teaspoon of bourbon. When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of bourbon. Garnish with chopped fresh mint leaves.

2. Malibu Madness Cupcakes: When preparing the cupcakes, reduce the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon and add one teaspoon of coconut rum (such as Malibu). When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of coconut rum. Top with shredded sweetened coconut.

3. Cosmo Cupcakes: When preparing the cupcakes, omit the vanilla extract and replace with 2 teaspoons of orange liqueur (like triple sec). When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of cranberry flavored vodka and a dash of red food coloring. Put a pinch of freshly-grated lime zest on top.

4. Dark and Stormy Cupcakes: When preparing the cupcakes, add 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger with the flour. Reduce the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon and add with 1 teaspoon of dark rum. When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of dark rum. Add 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger. Garnish with lime zest.

5. Coffee Chocolate Cupcakes: When preparing the cupcakes, reduce the flour to 2 cups and add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Reduce the vanilla to 1 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua). When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of coffee liqueur. Decorate with chopped chocolate covered coffee beans.

6. Lemon Drop Cupcakes: When preparing the cupcakes, reduce the vanilla to 1 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 heaping tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest. When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of limoncello or lemon-flavored vodka (like Absolut Citron).

7. Sangria Cupcakes: When preparing the cupcakes, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon with the flour and 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest with the eggs. When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 2 tablespoons of brandy, 2 tablespoons of fruity red wine, and a dash of red food coloring. Garnish with half a wheel of thinly sliced orange.

8. Cupcakes for Your Guy: When preparing the cupcakes, reduce the flour to 2 cups and add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Reduce the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon and add one teaspoon whiskey. When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup whiskey.

9. Berry Boozy Cupcakes: When preparing the cupcakes, after dividing the batter between the liners, spoon 1 teaspoon of raspberry jam in the center of each one. When preparing the frosting, reduce the milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup raspberry liqueur (such as Framboise). Top off each cupcake with a fresh raspberry.

Boozy Mojito Cupcakes: an infusion of lime, mint, and rum, all in one little cupcake!

I’ve always felt that pairing liquor and dessert together is a magical thing. A dessert and cocktail all in one, packed with delicious and exciting flavors. And it’s freaking fun.

Case in point: Mojito Cupcakes. They’re the Miss America of boozy baking. They’re pretty, crowd-pleasing, and talented AF.

And by talented I mean they do a little dance in your mouth that will have your tastebuds jumping for joy.

When I think of mojitos, I think of caipirinhas (a close cousin made with Brazilian rum, lime, and sugar).

My freshman year in college, I was in a scholars group focused on social justice and community service. In January, we traveled to Brazil to do service work in Bahia. There, the drinking age is 18, so we were all stoked to be able to go out legally (not the usual fake ID business we had gotten used to going to school in New York City).

One night, we went to a huge outdoor plaza filled with locals. People were taking part in live music, dancing, and having a great time. We drank our caipirinhas, soaking it all in. It was muggy and hot, with the slightest breeze blowing in from the nearby ocean.

Someone was shouting at me from a nearby table. My eyes widened and I exchanged questioning glances with my friends. Uhh… heh? I thought.

“Leensee Lohan!” Someone said, drunkenly pointing at me.

“Oh my god, they think you’re Lindsay Lohan,” said my friend, laughing.

This had happened to me throughout my childhood. The years following The Parent Trap were filled with people telling me I looked like Lindsay Lohan.

In more recent years, people had been following up with “…but, you know, before she got into drugs.”

This Leensee business was not new to me. So I rolled with it. I waved. They asked for pictures. I obliged. We drank more caipirinhas and laughed as the night grew longer.

I still have the pictures from that night, though with all that tropical humidity, there’s no way I’m showing the photo evidence. But it was hilarious.