Cheers to Mardi Gras and this King Cake Martini! The base of this drink is homemade cinnamon-infused vodka, which is made when cinnamon sticks are placed in a jar with vodka for 5-7 days. When the vodka is cinnamon-y, mix with hazelnut liqueur, white crème de cocoa, coffee liqueur and club soda. This Carnival cocktail looks and tastes like a traditional king cake. What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than by sipping on a King Cake Martini?
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I have a confession for y’all this morning: Even though I love making cocktails and sharing them here with you, I generally do not drink cocktails on the reg.
You can probably take a guess, and you’d probably be right.
Erin + sweet drinks heavy on the booze = bad news.
I’m much safer drinking beer or wine because I don’t need to drink those quickly. I mean… I’m a sucker for anything sweet, and if you give me a sweet drink, chances are, I’ll enjoy it quickly and want another.
That said, sometimes, you just want a cocktail.
And with Fat Tuesday NEXT WEEK, what better time is there for us to mix up one that tastes like cake?
This King Cake Martini is sweet, utterly delicious and goes down soooooooooo easy that you’ll want a second or a third in no time. (Please heed my warning when I say to sip slowly, friends. Your head will thank you later.)
For this martini, I infused my own vodka. If you don’t have the time for that (because it takes 5-7 days), I get it, and I know you can probably find cinnamon vodka at the store. Just be kind to yourself and don’t purchase the bottom shelf stuff, mmmkay?
The cinnamon vodka is key here. King Cakes have a lot of cinnamon in them, and I wanted the cinnamon to shine through without being overwhelming.
Combined with hazelnut liqueur, white crème de cocoa, coffee liqueur and club soda, it finds its balance. And with a rim of green, purple and yellow sugars, this cocktail looks the part of a King Cake, as well as tastes like one.
Erin’s Recommended Tools/Products for King Cake Martinis
- Essentials: 8 oz. mason jar. Fine Mesh Strainer. Cocktail shaker (like the Cresimo 24 oz. Cocktail Shaker & Jigger,Kate Spade New York Gold-Dot Cocktail Shaker or Cambridge Silversmith’s Copper-Etched 24. oz. Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker.)
- Get the look: Libbey 8 oz. Clear Cosmopolitan Cocktail/Martini Glasses. Green decorating sugar. Yellow decorating sugar. Purple decorating sugar.
And if you’re interested in one of these? Well, here’s how you can make it:
(Hint, hint: It’s easier than you think!)
King Cake Martini
- 4 oz . vodka
- 2 cinnamon sticks
King Cake Martini (Makes 1)
- 1 ½ oz . hazelnut liqueur
- 1 oz . white crème de cocoa
- ½ oz . cinnamon-infused vodka
- ¼ oz . coffee liqueur
- 2 ½ oz . club soda
- Green , purple and yellow decorative sugars, for the rim of the glasses
Make the Cinnamon-Infused Vodka
- In a mason jar, measure out the vodka.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, breaking in half if too large for the mason jar.
- Infuse for 5-7 days, then remove the cinnamon sticks and strain using a fine mesh strainer.
- Transfer to a clean mason jar, and store until time to make the drinks.
Make the King Cake Martini
- Add the colored sugar rim to the martini glasses: Using a lemon wedge, circle the lip of the martini glasses. Sprinkle the three colored sugars onto a plate, careful to keep them separate. Dip the glasses’ lips into the sugar, and remove. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the Frangelico, white crème de cocoa, cinnamon-infused vodka and coffee liqueur and add ice.
- Shake vigorously until combined.
- Pour the drink into the prepared martini glass.
- Top with club soda, and enjoy immediately.
Recipe NotesPlease note that the Cinnamon-Infused Vodka makes enough for EIGHT cocktails, but the cocktail recipe is just for one. You can easily double/triple/quadruple the recipe for cocktails, depending on how many need to be made.
Please note that the total time does NOT include the 5-7 days for the vodka to infuse.