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Sugar Cookie Martini

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This Sugar Cookie Martini is the best festive drink! It’s perfectly sweet and creamy and decorated with a colorful sprinkle rim. This simple cocktail is sure to be a hit at your next holiday party. 

Close up view of two martinis with sprinkles.

Our sugar cookie martini is just for grown ups, but we can’t overlook the little ones who love sweet treats. Some of our favorite holiday treats perfect for the younger crowd are Peanut Butter Balls, Saltine Cracker Toffee, and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

I love the holiday season! So much cooking and baking and, of course, festive cocktails!

This Sugar Cookie Martini is one of my favorites. It’s slightly sweet, oh-so-creamy, and tastes just like a sugar cookie! 

Oh, and it’s adorable too! So sweet, incredibly simple, and ready in just 5 minutes.

Tips

  • Rim the glasses first! This might go without saying, but you can’t add the rim once the cocktail is poured.
  • Don’t pour the drink all the way to the rim. We want to leave a little bit of space between the rim and the liquid so the sprinkles don’t dissolve right away.
  • No honey? You can also get the sprinkles to stick by dipping the rims of the glasses in corn syrup or vanilla frosting.
  • If I’m making this martini for the family, I use corn syrup for the rim. It’s practically flavorless and makes the perfect sticky surface for attaching sprinkles. I’ve written honey into the recipe since most prefer it to corn syrup. Just make sure to choose a mild honey so the flavor isn’t off putting when mixed with the cocktail.
  • Feel free to make your drink even sweeter with a swirl of whipped topping. Check out my Irish Cream flavored whipped cream for a boozy finish.
  • Use themed sprinkles. If you’re serving these cocktails up for a specific holiday, feel free to use sprinkles with colors specific to that holiday. Red and green for Christmas, black and orange for halloween, pink and red for Valentine’s Day…you name it!

Storage

No need to store. This sugar cookie martini is best enjoyed immediately!

Side view of two sugar cookie martinis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Irish cream the same as Bailey’s?

Nope! Baileys Irish cream is flavored with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey. Irish cream is flavored with Irish whiskey and cream, but no cocoa. 

For this sugar cookie martini recipe, we’re looking for classic Irish cream, not anything flavored with cocoa. Bailey’s will work in a pinch, but try to find an Irish cream liqueur without cocoa.

What if I can’t find Irish cream liqueur?

No worries! Swap it out with Bailey’s Irish cream. You could even make this sugar cookie martini with RumChata instead.

Stir! Or just gently swirl the shaker to mix the drink. Shaking the drink causes the fat from the Irish cream and half-and-half to stick to the ice which separates the liquids. Swirling the drink makes this much less likely. 

Angled view of a martini in a glass.

How can I make this cocktail less boozy?

You could swap one of the ingredients with coffee creamer. Sounds strange, I know. But, it works!

This may take some experimenting, because it will be a matter of preference. I’d start by removing the Irish cream liqueur and replace it with a sugar cookie flavored coffee creamer then go from there.

Coffee creamer is very sweet, so it’s best to remove the sweet liqueur and work off of that. Next would be to swap the amaretto with Butterscotch Schnapps, and see how that works for your tastes.

The drink itself cannot be made ahead of time. Once it’s mixed up, it’s best served right away. 

You can, however, rim the martini glasses in advance and keep them in the fridge so they’re ready to go when you’re ready to serve up your cocktails. Keep an eye on the sprinkles and make sure they don’t start to dissolve or run.

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Close up view of sugar cookie martinis next to Christmas ornaments.

Sugar Cookie Martini

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving

Ingredients

For the Candy Rim:

  • 2 tablespoons honey, may substitute with corn syrup, vanilla frosting, or maple syrup
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons nonpareil sprinkles

For the Martini:

  • ½ cup ice, for the shaker
  • 2 ounces Irish cream liqueur, may substitute with Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 2 ounces half and half
  • 1 ½ ounces vanilla vodka, may substitute with whipped cream flavored vodka
  • 1 ounce amaretto liqueur

Instructions
 

To Prepare the Candy Rim:

  • Dip the rim of the martini glass into honey followed immediately by the sprinkles. Transfer the glass to the refrigerator to chill while you make the drink.
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 to 3 tablespoons nonpareil sprinkles

To Make the Cocktail:

  • Place a handful of ice in a drink shaker.
    ½ cup ice
  • Pour in the Irish cream liqueur, half and half, vodka, and amaretto liqueur. Swirl gently to mix.
    2 ounces Irish cream liqueur
    2 ounces half and half
    1 ½ ounces vanilla vodka
    1 ounce amaretto liqueur
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass, and serve.
  • See post for tips and FAQs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 84mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 martini. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
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