10 Vanilla Vodka Cocktails to Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings

January 31, 2024 by Anna-Bet Stemmet

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Vanilla vodka cocktails are trending hard, and we’ve got the inside scoop as to why. The craft cocktail scene thrives on innovation, and vanilla vodka offers a unique canvas for home mixologists to play with. Whether it’s infused with seasonal fruits, paired with unexpected ingredients like lavender or rosemary, or used in savoury-sweet twists on old favourites, vanilla vodka opens the door to endless creative possibilities. 

Here are a few of our favourite cocktails to make with vanilla vodka at home:  

1. Strawberry Shortcake Daiquiri

Two Strawberry Shortcake Daiquiris

It’s creamy, it’s dreamy, it’s everything you want in an indulgent dessert sipper. This lush Strawberry Shortcake Daiquiri goes down a treat on sweltering summer days and makes a great addition to hot weather shindigs or a colour party where you’re keen to drink pink. Now you know what to mix with vanilla vodka when you need a little something luscious… 

2. Gingerbread Martini

Creamy Gingerbread Martini with biscuit garnish

We don’t know about you, but there’s just something about cold nights, crackling fires, and good friends that make us want to shake up decadent drinks. If you know what we’re talking about, then you’re going to want to add this Gingerbread Martini to your list of favourite vanilla vodka mixers this season.   

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3. Hazelnut Espresso Martini

Two hazelnut martinis

Give your Espresso Martini a nutty twist with Frangelico liqueur — a stunning hazelnut liqueur that adds lovely warmth and irresistible flavour to the classic version. This vanilla vodka cocktail recipe is an absolute showstopper of a drink, is easy to shake up, and makes the perfect after-dinner drink for special occasions. 

4. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

Fall-themed Hot Pumpkin Pie cocktail

This Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail recipe is packed with the comforting flavours of autumn and is the perfect clinker for cold nights. Made with vanilla vodka, Irish cream, pumpkin pie purée, and whipped cream, it’s the ideal dessert drink for the holidays. It’s so decadent that you’d be forgiven for not serving a real pumpkin pie. So put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the warming spice flavours of this vanilla cocktail 

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5. Pornstar Martini

Pornstar Martini Cocktails

With its cheeky name, it’s no wonder the Pornstar Martini is such a crowd-pleaser. This noughties-origin cocktail with vanilla vodka is a saucy conversation starter for sure! However, it’s the drink’s singular combination of passionfruit, vanilla, and zesty lime that’s made it a favourite among newbie drinkers and mixology enthusiasts alike. 

6. Mudslide Cocktail

Two Mudslide cocktails in Martini glasses

The Mudslide is a combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream, and heavy cream – the quintessential boozy milkshake. While the original recipe is built on unflavoured vodka, we like to double down and swop it for SKYY Vanilla Vodka to give it a unique The Mixer UK twist when we’re feeling a little extra🍦 

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7. Pumpkin Martini

Two Pumpkin Martinis for Halloween

Calling all pumpkin enthusiasts – this easy vanilla vodka cocktail is all the best bits of autumn in a glass. Combining vanilla vodka, Irish cream, pumpkin purée, and pumpkin spice for the ultimate dessert cocktail, our Pumpkin Martini recipe yields a delicious treat perfect for Halloween, and to serve throughout the holidays. 

8. Key Lime Martini

Key Lime Martini with mint and lime garnish

If you love the iconic zesty pie, you will fall head over heels for our Key Lime Pie Martini recipe. Made with vanilla vodka, key lime juice, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and heavy cream, this dessert-inspired cocktail will go down an absolute treat. It’s one of our favourite summer cocktails with vanilla vodka to serve when the weather is too balmy for heavy after-dinner sweets.  

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9. Eggnog Martini

A trio of indulgent Eggnog Martini cocktails presented in long-stemmed Martini glasses, surrounded by snack bowls on a light grey surface

Arguably one of the best vanilla vodka drinks to serve over the holidays, this Eggnog Martini is everything when you’re strapped for time and have thirsty guests about to spill through your door. The beauty of this modern Eggnog Martini recipe is that you can use store-bought eggnog instead of making your own—and if you don’t tell anyone, they will never know the difference. Your secret is safe with us 🤫 

10. Sugar Cookie Martini

Two Sugar Cookie Martini cocktails on a table in a brightly decorated home lounge dressed for the holidays in sparkles and Christmas decorations

This iconic Sugar Cookie Martini is one of the best drinks with vanilla vodka to shake up if you love a cocktail that tastes like a delicious holiday cookie with a kick! To make one, combine the 45ml SKYY Vanilla Vodka, 45ml cream liqueur, 60ml milk, 30ml amaretto, and a teaspoon of powdered sugar in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and strain into a serving glass rimmed with frosting and sprinkles for a little extra joy. 

Well, now you know! It’s time to get your hands on a bottle of SKYY Vanilla Vodka. Start experimenting and impress your guests with gorgeous vanilla-infused cocktails. Remember to sign up for our newsletter if you love inspiration pieces like this; there’s plenty more where this came from. 🍸✨ 


Vanilla vodka is incredibly versatile. Explore its potential by shaking up cocktails like the Strawberry Shortcake Daiquiri, Gingerbread Martini, Hazelnut Espresso Martini, or Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail. Delight in classics like the Pornstar Martini, Mudslide Cocktail, Pumpkin Martini, Key Lime Martini, and festive options like the Eggnog Martini and Sugar Cookie Martini.

Yes, vanilla vodka can be enjoyed straight. Its smooth and sweet profile makes it palatable on its own. Serve it chilled or over ice to savour the vanilla notes. For added flair, consider garnishing with a vanilla bean or an orange twist to enhance the sipping experience.

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