Our Snickerdoodle Martini is an indulgent cocktail that transforms your favorite cookie into a creamy, festive drink. This holiday cocktail, featuring Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur, half and half, vanilla vodka, amaretto, and Goldschläger, is perfect for any celebration.
Our sugar cookie martini is one our most popular holiday recipes. While developing this snickerdoodle martini, John recommended using similar ingredients as the sugar cookie cocktail.
It was a great idea! This simple holiday cocktail is sweet, creamy, and has a hint of cinnamon.
If you're looking a fun dessert martini, we've got you covered! Oh, if you've never tried homemade eggnog, it's easy to make and so much better than store-bought. Maybe try it this year, too!
Substitutions and Variations
- Dairy: Heavy cream works in place of half and half. You can even reduce the amount if desired.
- Irish cream: I love Bailey's Irish Cream for this cocktail, but any brand of Irish cream liqueur works.
- Vodka: Many people don't keep vanilla vodka handy. It's one of 2-3 flavored varieties I keep on rotation, since we have a few holiday cocktails with vanilla vodka. Either plain or whipped cream vodka makes a good substitute.
- Gently shake or swirl the cocktail to mix. Any ingredient that contains dairy (half and half, Bailey's, etc.) will naturally stick to the ice. The more vigorously you shake, the more it sticks. The more the ingredients stick, the more likely your drink is to separate. Nobody wants a cocktail that's separated.
- Don't overdo it with the Goldschläger. This is the ingredient that gives this drink the signature cinnamon flavor found in snickerdoodle cookies. Only it's not sweet. It's spicy, like a red hot. If you add too much Goldschläger, it overpowers the cocktail and makes it spicy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make a big batch of snickerdoodle martinis?
To make a pitcher for a large crowd, I'd recommend making a single martini first. This is to taste test it and make sure you like the flavor as-is. If not, make any adjustments (less half and half, more Bailey's, etc.).
From there, scale up the ingredients based on how many martinis you'll need AND how many ounces your pitcher holds. Add a little less Goldschläger to start then add more if needed.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
For the Cinnamon Sugar Rim:
- ¼ cup simple syrup
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
For the Cocktail:
- Ice, for the shaker
- 2 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
- 1 ½ ounces half and half
- 1 ounce vanilla vodka, or whipped cream flavored vodka
- 1 ounce amaretto liqueur
- ½ ounce Goldschläger cinnamon liqueur
Make the Cinnamon Sugar Rim:
- Pour simple syrup into a shallow dish. In a separate shallow dish, combine the cinnamon and sugar.¼ cup simple syrup2 tablespoons granulated sugar2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Dip the rim of the glass into simple syrup then the cinnamon sugar mixture. Chill the glass in the fridge while you prepare the cocktail.
Make the Cocktail:
- Place ice in a drink shaker, then pour in the remaining ingredients. Gently shake or swirl to combine.Ice2 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur1 ½ ounces half and half1 ounce vanilla vodka1 ounce amaretto liqueur½ ounce Goldschläger cinnamon liqueur