Sugar Cookie Cocktail

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Cocktail History

The Sugar Cookie Cocktail is a vanilla vodka cocktail that was created by Jassy Davis and included in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. In the author’s words, it’s a “slightly ridiculous, definitely extravagant, and wonderfully indulgent” take on a cookie in drink form that pairs flavored vodka with amaretto liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, heavy cream, sugar, and sprinkles.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Vanilla Vodka: This is the base spirit. We used Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka because it has a tasty vanilla flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Strykk Not Vanilla Vodka in place of the vodka.

Hazelnut Liqueur: This adds pleasant nutty aroma and flavor. We used Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic Hazelnut Syrup in place of the liqueur.

Irish Cream Liqueur: This type of spirit made with cream, whiskey, sugar, and spices. We used Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur because it’s exceptionally creamy and flavorful. For a mocktail version of this drink, use Bailey’s Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream Coffee Creamer in place of the liqueur.

Heavy Cream: This is a thick, high-fat milk product. We prefer to use half & half instead of heavy cream because it’s lower in calories.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Sprinkles: These are the garnish. We used the small round sprinkles, and it took at least three tries to get them to look halfway decent, so we’d recommend using a larger type if you want to rim the glass with them.

Tasting Notes

The Sugar Cookie Cocktail features sweet aromas of vanilla and Irish cream, and it has a heady, nutty taste of vanilla and cream with a hint of whiskey bitterness in the mix, all followed by a bittersweet aftertaste that has more nutty and vanilla notes.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both liked this festive dessert drink! It’s creamy, full bodied with a hint of nuttiness, and vanilla forward, and it really does taste like you’re drinking a home-baked sugar cookie, just in cocktail form. We probably wouldn’t make it again because we like a few other dessert drinks more, but it’s definitely worth trying at least once.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Once again, this overly sweet and creamy Christmas cocktail won me over, this time with a clever blend of nuttiness mixed with Irish cream and a bitter finish. Despite being loaded with sugar, cream, and other sweet ingredients, this recipe has a slightly dry note somewhere along the line that I really enjoyed, and the finish is almost prominent with an Irish whiskey note.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I will admit that Alex was right about the sprinkle rim being a pain, but boy, is this cookie-flavored cocktail so very delicious. It also wouldn’t have been quite the same without its fun rim, in my opinion. Overall, I really loved this drink and would call it a dangerous holiday cocktail because its sweet dessert flavors mask the booziness a little too well. Put this on your post-holiday dinner menu though, and you are sure to hear rave reviews from your guests!”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
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AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Vanilla Vodka
 ¾ oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
 1 ¾ oz Irish Cream Liqueur
 ½ oz Heavy Cream
 Sprinkles

Method
1

Pour sprinkles onto a plate, rub outer rim of glass with simple syrup, and roll glass in sprinkles until coated.

2

Add vanilla vodka, hazelnut liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, heavy cream, and ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into sprinkle-rimmed cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Vanilla Vodka
 ¾ oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
 1 ¾ oz Irish Cream Liqueur
 ½ oz Heavy Cream
 Sprinkles

Directions

Method
1

Pour sprinkles onto a plate, rub outer rim of glass with simple syrup, and roll glass in sprinkles until coated.

2

Add vanilla vodka, hazelnut liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, heavy cream, and ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into sprinkle-rimmed cocktail glass.

Sugar Cookie Cocktail

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Holiday Gin Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Grand Galliano Cocktail Recipe

Grand Galliano: A low-proof cocktail made with Liquore Galliano L’Autentico, Grand Marnier, heavy cream, an orange twist, and grated nutmeg

Winter Berry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

Hot Peppermint Patty Cocktail Recipe

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