Birthday cake martini recipe

It may not be your birthday, but it’s always someone’s birthday, even if it’s someone you’ve never met. With just a few ingredients, you can make these festive and colorful martinis, make today a cause for celebration and enjoy your non-birthday.

Birthday cake martini

As a parent, having a delicious martini to look forward to at the end of a long day of carpool, grocery shopping, endless loads of laundry and preschooler conflict resolution is such a lovely thing.

The vanilla vodka and sprinkles in this martini hint at the flavor of birthday cake and the champagne makes this drink even more celebratory.

So, tuck the kids in, wish them the sweetest of dreams and celebrate your non-birthday.

Birthday cake martiniBirthday cake martini

Serves 2


  • 3 ounces vanilla vodka* 
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce champagne or sparkling wine (optional)
  • Ice
  • Candy sprinkles
  • Maple or agave syrup (or frosting if you happen to have it on hand)
  • Martini shaker
  • 2 Martini glasses
  • Shot glass

*The best place for the vanilla vodka you’ll use in this drink is in the freezer. Using ice-cold vodka will make your birthday cake martini even more delicious. Don’t worry about leaving it in there, since vodka doesn’t freeze.

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  1. Pour either maple or agave syrup (or frosting) onto a small plate
  2. Pour candy sprinkles onto another small plate
  3. Invert your martini glasses into syrup to coat the rims completely
  4. Dip the rims in candy sprinkles to coat the syrup
  5. Set your glasses aside
  6. Fill your martini shaker roughly 3/4 full with ice
  7. Add the vanilla vodka and cranberry juice
  8. Shake the mixture to thoroughly blend
  9. Pour your mixture into two prepared martini glasses
  10. Optional: Add 1/2 ounce of champagne or sparkling wine to finish off your martini (I prefer mine without the champagne, but my husband likes it with. You have a perfect excuse to have two because you’ll want to try it both ways!)

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