Made with vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, and amaretto this Sugar Cookie Martini is a sweet and creamy Christmas cocktail with the delicate flavor of freshly baked sugar cookies.
An Easy Dessert Martini Recipe
If you like sipping a martini and also the taste of sugar cookies, then this dessert martini is for you! Gone is the slightly bitter taste of a traditional vodka martini – this one is sweet, creamy and just the right level of boozy. The vanilla vodka and neutral amaretto give it the delicate vanilla flavor of sugar cookies while the Irish cream makes it a little rich and decadent.
For an extra festive touch, I decorated the rim of the martini glass with vanilla frosting and red, white, and green sprinkles. You can easily switch up the colors of the sprinkles to match any other holiday too – blue and white for Hannukah, pink and red for Valentine’s Day, etc.
Sugar Cookie Martinis are quick to prepare, which makes them perfect for holiday parties. But there’s no shame if you just want to enjoy one by yourself – once you try this dessert martini, you won’t want to wait for a reason to make it again!
This Christmas martini is made with 3 types of alcohol and just a few other ingredients.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Vanilla vodka – Vanilla vodka adds a sweetness that’s not present in regular vodka.
- Bailey’s Irish cream – Makes the drink extra creamy and smooth.
- Whole milk – You can also use half n half.
- Amaretto liqueur – Creates that neutral sugar cookie taste.
- Powdered sugar – Gives just the right amount of sweetness.
- Vanilla frosting and sprinkles – Gives the rim of the martini glass a festive twist.
- Ice – For shaking to chill before serving.
How to Make a Sugar Cookie Martini
This holiday drink is quick and easy to make. All you need is a martini glass and a shaker.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for complete details.)
- Decorate the martini glass. Use a spatula or your fingers to spread a layer of frosting onto the rim of the martini glass. Dip into a plate of sprinkles.
- Shake, shake, shake. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.
- Serve. Strain the cocktail into the martini glass. Enjoy immediately.
Can I Make This in Advance?
Yes! Mix up all of the ingredients except for the ice and place them in the fridge. This is especially helpful if you need to make several for a group. Since it will all be chilled in the fridge, there’s no need to shake over ice unless you want to. You can just pour into the decorated martini glasses and enjoy!
Easy Recipe Variations
If you want to change up the flavor or maybe make this drink a little less boozy, here are some easy ways to do so.
- Add extra powdered sugar. If you need some extra sweetness or you choose not to add the icing to the rim of the glass, add an extra teaspoon of powdered sugar to sweeten up the drink.
- Try a different liqueur. While I prefer the neutral flavor of amaretto because it’s as close as you can get to a sugar cookie flavor, some sugar cookie martini recipes do use chocolate, white chocolate, or butterscotch liqueur instead. While they’re not my preference for this Christmas martini, they do make delicious drinks so feel free to switch it up.
- Try a different liquor. If vodka isn’t your preference, you can swap it out for a vanilla-flavored rum. Whipped cream vodka is also an option.
- Make it a lower-proof cocktail. If you want to reduce the level of booze, you can swap the Irish cream for heavy cream instead.
- Turn it into sugar cookie shots. Instead of serving this drink up as a martini, you can also pour it into shot glasses to share.
More Christmas Drinks:
- Shirley Temple Drink (non alcoholic)
- Jack Frost Winter Cocktail
- Homemade Eggnog
- Dirty Snowman
- Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
- Mulled Wine
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Cranberry Moscow Mule
Sugar Cookie Martini
- vanilla frosting and sprinkles , for rimming the glass
- 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 1/2 ounces Bailey's Irish cream
- 2 ounces whole milk (or half n half)
- 1 ounce amaretto liqueur
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup ice
- Using an offset spatula (or your fingers), spread a thin layer of frosting onto the rim of a martini glass.
- Pour some sprinkles onto a shallow plate, and dip the frosting-covered glass into the sprinkles to coat. Set glass aside.
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Close lid and shake until mixed and chilled.
- Strain into the prepared glass. Serve immediately.