January 31, 2024 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
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 savory-sweet twists on old favorites, vanilla vodka opens the door to endless creative possibilities.
Here are a few of our favorite cocktails to make with vanilla vodka at home:
1. Strawberry Shortcake Daiquiri
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 color 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
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 favorite vanilla vodka mixers this season.
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3. Hazelnut Espresso Martini
Give your Espresso Martini a nutty twist with Frangelico liqueur— a stunning hazelnut liqueur that adds lovely warmth and irresistible flavor 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
This Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail recipe is packed with the comforting flavors of fall and is the perfect clinker for cold nights. Made with vanilla vodka, Irish cream, pumpkin pie purée, and whipped cream, it’s the ideal Thanksgiving dessert drink. 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 flavors of this vanilla cocktail.
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5. Pornstar Martini
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 favorite among newbie drinkers and mixology enthusiasts alike.
6. Mudslide Cocktail
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 unflavored vodka, we like to double down and swop it for SKYY Vanilla Vodka to give it a unique The Mixer twist when we’re feeling a little extra🍦
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7. Pumpkin Martini
Calling all pumpkin enthusiasts – this easy vanilla vodka cocktail is all the best bits of fall 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, Thanksgiving, and throughout the holidays.
8. Key Lime Martini
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 favorite summer cocktails with vanilla vodka to serve when the weather is too balmy for heavy after-dinner sweets.
9. Eggnog Martini
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
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 1.5 oz SKYY Vanilla Vodka, 1.5 oz Irish cream liqueur, 2 oz milk, 1 oz 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. 🍸✨