King Cake Martini

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a King Cake Martini! This twist on a classic dessert martini uses cinnamon vodka that you infuse yourself! (You can also purchase some from the store if that’s more your speed.) Mix it with hazelnut liqueur, white crème de cocoa, coffee liqueur and club soda to create the ultimate Carnival cocktail that looks and tastes like a traditional king cake. Makes up to 8 drinks.

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Three King Cake Martinis are served on purple napkins, surrounded by beads

With Fat Tuesday NEXT WEEK, what better time is there for us to mix up a dessert martini?

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.)

Why I love this recipe:

I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to mixing my own cocktails, and I chose to infuse my own cinnamon vodka for it. However, if you don’t have the time for that because it takes 5-7 days, you can find cinnamon vodka at the store.

The cinnamon vodka the key to making this dessert martini taste like a king cake… because king cakes have a lot of cinnamon in them, and I wanted the flavor to shine without being overwhelming.

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    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.

    Other recipes for Mardi Gras you might enjoy: Praline Cinnamon Roll King Cake | Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice | Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya | Instant Pot Gumbo | 18 Mardi Gras Recipes to Make This Carnival Season

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      What you need to make a King Cake Martini (and cinnamon vodka)

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      In addition to these tools, you’ll need a few ingredients, as well:

      • Vodka—you should use a drinkable kind for your cinnamon-infused vodka, mmkay? None of this bottom shelf stuff because we want it to taste good.
      • Cinnamon sticks
      • Hazelnut liqueur—Frangelico is the brand we have in our house, but whatever kind you have works.
      • White crème de cocoa
      • Cinnamon vodka—homemade or store-bought
      • Coffee liqueur—Kahlúa is the brand we have in our house, but any kind that you like will work!
      • Club soda
      • Green decorating sugar
      • Yellow decorating sugar
      • Purple decorating sugar
      Close up of a king cake martini on a purple napkin, surrounded by festive mardi gras beads

      How to make Cinnamon-Infused Vodka

      Measure the vodka into your mason jar, and add the cinnamon sticks. If they’re too large for the jar, break them in half.

      Cover the mason jar, and let sit at room temperature (preferably in a cool, dark place) for 5-7 days to infuse.

      Once infused, remove the cinnamon sticks, and strain with a fine mesh strainer. Transfer into a clean mason jar, and store until time to mix your martini(s).

      How to make a King Cake Martini

      First, rim the glasses with sugar. Dip the tips of the glasses into a shallow dish holding water. Sprinkle the three colored sugars onto a plate, careful to keep them separate. Dip the glasses’ edges into the sugar, and remove.

      In a cocktail shaker, combine the hazelnut liqueur, white crème de cocoa, cinnamon-infused vodka and coffee liqueur. Add ice and shake vigorously until combined.

      Pour the drink into the prepared martini glass(es). Top with club soda, and enjoy immediately.

      Overhead of three dessert martinis on purple napkins surrounded by purple, gold and green beads on marble

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Is a vodka martini really a martini?

      A classic martini has gin, but vodka martinis are a thing, too!

      What drinks are served at Mardi Gras?

      Some classic New Orleans drinks are Bourbon Milk Punch, Pimm’s Cup, Sazeracs and Hurricanes. You could also make a twist on a classic, like a Beignet and Coffee Cocktail Shake and a Blood Orange Daiquiri!

      What do you drink on Fat Tuesday?

      You can drink whatever you like at Mardi Gras. I listed some classic New Orleans drinks above, and everyone has their own type that they enjoy the best.

      A king cake martini on a purple napkin, surrounded by festive mardi gras beads

      Quick tips and tricks for the best King Cake Martinis

      • Give the vodka time to infuse! Don’t rush it because we want that cinnamon flavor to be beautiful.
      • Alternately, purchase cinnamon vodka at the store if waiting 5-7 days to mix this drink is too long for you. 😉
      • Make a batch if hosting friends or family for a Mardi Gras party. The vodka will make enough for 8 drinks, and you can always infuse double the vodka if you want to mix more!
      • Serve it with your favorite dessert, whether that’s a classic king cake or even king cake ice cream.

      And if you’re interested in one of these? Well, here’s how you can make it:

      Three King Cake Martinis are served on purple napkins, surrounded by beads
      Yield: 1 cocktail

      King Cake Martini

      Prep Time: 5 minutes
      Infusion Time: 5 days
      Total Time: 5 days 5 minutes

      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?

      Ingredients

      Cinnamon-Infused Vodka (Makes 8 servings)

      • 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 vodka
      • ¼ oz. coffee liqueur
      • 2 ½ oz. club soda
      • Green, purple and yellow decorative sugars, for the rim of the glasses

      Instructions

      Make the Cinnamon-Infused Vodka

      1. In a mason jar, measure out the vodka.
      2. Add the cinnamon sticks, breaking in half if too large for the mason jar.
      3. Infuse for 5-7 days, then remove the cinnamon sticks and strain using a fine mesh strainer.
      4. Transfer to a clean mason jar, and store until time to make the drinks.

      Make the King Cake Martini

      1. Add the colored sugar rim to the martini glasses: Dip the martini glasses in a shallow dish holding water. Sprinkle the three colored sugars onto a plate, careful to keep them separate. Dip the glasses’ rims into the sugar, and remove. Set aside.
      2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the hazelnut liqueur, white crème de cocoa, cinnamon-infused vodka and coffee liqueur and add ice.
      3. Shake vigorously until combined.
      4. Pour the drink into the prepared martini glass.
      5. Top with club soda, and enjoy immediately.

      Notes

      Please 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.

      If you want to make this without infusing your own cinnamon vodka, consider purchasing one from the liquor store! Several brands make them now.

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      Nutrition Information:

      Yield:

      1 martini

      Serving Size:

      1

      Amount Per Serving: Calories: 680Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 17gSugar: 16gProtein: 13g

      Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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      Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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      12 Comments

      1. I love the cinnamon vodka in these delightful cocktails! I really have to whip one up this weekend to toast the upcoming holiday – I promise I won’t drink tooooooo many lol 😉 maybe…

      2. Hi, please don’t mind me, I’m just hopping on a plane and will show up on your doorstep tonight so we can drink these allllll weekend. Sound good? Good.

        1. Come on down! We’ll drink ALL the martinis and make a traditional king cake and gorge ourselves on Cajun dishes for the Mardi Gras season. Sound good. 😉

      3. This looks like the perfect cocktail to celebrate Mardi Gras with! And love that cinnamon infused vodka. 🙂

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