Vanilla Vodka Recipes for Delicious co*cktails & Dessert Drinks (2024)

Looking to up your co*cktail game? I’ve rounded up 14 delicious vanilla vodka recipes for every season and occasion. Grab some ice, a glass, a co*cktail shaker and a bottle of vanilla vodka and mix up one of these delicious drinks! Also includes a recipe for homemade vanilla vodka.

Vanilla is a rock star in the kitchen, but did you know it’s also must-have flavor for your bar cart? These delicious, quick and easy vanilla vodka co*cktail recipes will convince you of that.

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  • How to Use Vanilla Vodka in co*cktails
  • Fruity Vanilla Vodka Recipes
  • What is vanilla vodka?
  • What is the best vanilla vodka?
  • How to Make Vanilla Vodka
  • More infused co*cktail recipes
  • Dessert co*cktails
  • Vanilla Vodka Martini Recipes
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Homemade Vanilla Vodka

How to Use Vanilla Vodka in co*cktails

Vanilla vodka is one of the most versatilie flavored spirits you can have on your bar cart.

You can use it in pretty much any co*cktail recipe that calls for vodka, including the classic screwdriver, a chocolate martini, a White Russian, a Moscow mule or a Cosmopolitan. It’s great in fruity co*cktails, dessert co*cktails and the classics.

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Mix a little vanilla vodka and co*ke for a grown-up version of the soda fountain favorite.

Read on for more vanilla vodka co*cktails, including fruity drinks that are great for spring and summer, vanilla vodka martinis and creamy dessert-style co*cktails that are perfect for holiday parties and other celebrations.

Want even more co*cktail ideas using vanilla vodka? Check out these Apple Cider Drinks recipes, many of which can be made with flavored vodka.

Fruity Vanilla Vodka Recipes

Vanilla vodka pairs well with fruit flavors. Use it to make a dirty cherry co*ke, martinis, cosmos and more.

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Sparkling Vanilla Cherry co*cktail

Perfect for the pool, porch or patio, this sparkling cherry co*cktail is made with low-calorie, low-carb lemon lime spiked sparkling water, cherry schnapps and vanilla vodka.

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Strawberry Candy co*cktail

This fun and sweet strawberry co*cktail is great for dessert. Yes, you can drink your candy!

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Birthday Cake co*cktail

This birthday cake co*cktail recipe is so simple and festive but not too sweet because of the tart cranberry, vanilla vodka, and the champagne!

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Grown Up Shirley Temple

This quick and easy drink recipe is a grown up version of the classic Shirley Temple using 7UP, vanilla vodka and peach schnapps.

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Vanilla Pear Moscow Mules

These Vanilla Pear Moscow Mules are super simple to stir together. The fun and festive co*cktail is made with vanilla vodka, pear nectar and ginger beer.

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What is vanilla vodka?

Vanilla vodka is vodka that has been infused with vanilla beans.

There are many commercially available vanilla vodka brands, including Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Absolut Vanilla, Grey Goose La Vanille, Stolichnaya Stoli Vanil, Ciroc French Vanilla Vodka, Pinnacle Vanilla Vodka and SVEDKA Vanilla Flavored Vodka.

What is the best vanilla vodka?

Taste and preference are very subjective. So, what I like may not be what you like.

But look to premium brands that use high quality beans to make their vanilla vodka. Just as pure vanilla extract is the best for baking, you want to avoid any vanilla vodka that is made using artificial flavors.

For reviews and a rankings of the best vanilla vodka, look to Michael 84, Difford’s Guide or Drizly.

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How to Make Vanilla Vodka

The best vanilla vodka might end up being the one you make at home.

That’s right! You can easily make vanilla vodka — no distillery required. It takes about a week. Infused vodka is really easy to make. It’s basically just a waiting game, with a little shaking every day.

To make vanilla vodka, you will need:

  • 750 ML good quality vodka
  • 3 vanilla beans
  • a bottle or jar large enough to hold the infusion

Split the vanilla beans. Combine the beans and vodka in a resealable jar or bottle.

Infuse for 5 to 7 days, shaking daily. Remove the beans from the vodka once the flavor has developed to your liking. .

You can make a lot of infused liquors at home. This book has a lot of great co*cktail infusion recipes, or you might want to try one of mine.

More infused co*cktail recipes

  • Jalapeno-Infused Bourbon Limeade
  • Hot Buttered Rum with Infused Spiced Rum
  • Red Hot Cinnamon Apple Martini
  • Tropical Frozen Lemonade with Homemade Pineapple Rum
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Dessert co*cktails

Not surprisingly, vanilla vodka also makes great dessert-style co*cktails.

These next vanilla vodka co*cktail recipes are inspired by some popular desserts, such as chocolate cake, key lime pie, Twix candy bars, chocolate covered cherries, an Orange Julius shake and more.

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Fruity Pebbles co*cktail

You won’t believe how amazing this Fruity Pebbles co*cktail taste. Now you can drink your favorite cereal in alcohol form. This yummy Fruity Pebbles co*cktail is made with vanilla vodka and Baileys strawberries and cream.

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Twix co*cktail

A super delicious Twix candy co*cktail. Now you can drink your favorite candy bar. This simple drink recipe is made with vodka, Baileys and crème de cacao.

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4-Ingredient Orange Julius co*cktail (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Give your Orange Julius a grown-up boozy twist! This quick and easy 4-Ingredient Orange Julius co*cktail is vegan and gluten-free, and it makes for a perfect frozen, creamy, and fruit treat! A sippable Creamsicle for adults only!

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Chocolate Cake Shots

These Chocolate Cake Shots taste just like a bite of chocolate cake. It’s amazing! Have your cake and drink it, too!

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Key Lime Pie Martini

This Key Lime Pie Martini is everything you could ever want in a co*cktail. The blend of coconut rum and vanilla vodka along with pineapple, lime and cream tastes like key lime pie in a glass.

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Vanilla Vodka Martini Recipes

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Martinis

Why not enjoy the classic flavors of chocolate covered cherries in a scrumptious co*cktail? Chocolate Covered Cherry Martinis are a perfect way to get your chocolate covered cherry fix.

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Peppermint White Chocolate Martini

This Peppermint White Chocolate Martini makes the perfect holiday drink! It takes just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make a Christmas co*cktail everyone will love!

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Hot Chocolate Martini

Bundle up, sit by the fire, and sip this rich Hot Chocolate co*cktail ~ it’s the perfect plan for warming up during cool fall and winter days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I mix with vanilla vodka?

Vanilla vodka goes well with just about anything! Try it with co*ke, Dr. Pepper, 7Up, ginger ale or another soda, or mix it with fruit juices and fruity syrups. You can also combine it with creamy liqeuers, such as Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, Creme de Minthe and cream of coconut.

Can I add vanilla extract to vodka to make vanilla vodka?

You may be able to add some vanilla flavoring to a co*cktail by adding a splash of extract to it. But you cannot make vanilla vodka by adding vanilla extract to plain vodka. You make vanilla vodka by infusing plain vodka for 5 to 7 days with vanilla seed pods, as I detailed in the recipe below.

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Homemade Vanilla Vodka

A simple recipe for vanilla-infused vodka. It’s ready in about a week, with minimal work required. Use it in your favorite co*cktails or give it as a gift.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Infusion Time 7 days d

Course Beverages

Cuisine American

Servings 16 1.5 ounce shots

Calories 110 kcal

Equipment

  • a bottle or jar large enough to hold the infusion

Ingredients

  • 750 ML good quality vodka
  • 3 vanilla beans

Instructions

  • Split the vanilla beans.

  • Combine the beans and vodka in a resealable jar or bottle.

  • Infuse for 5 to 7 days, shaking daily.

  • Remove the beans once the flavor has developed to your liking. .

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 1mgIron: 1mg

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