Sugar Cookie Cocktail is an alcoholic beverage with a buttercream rimmed glass filled with vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, and more heavy cream for a perfect winter drink by the fire. Try my Drunken Snowman Cocktail for another drink perfect for the cold, winter months.

Sugar Cookie Cocktail - Sugar Cookie Martini with Sugar Cookie Star on Rim

Decorating sugar cookies is all the rage during the holidays. But, don’t save the sweet frosting and festive sprinkles just for the cookies! With a flavorful and decorative rim, you get the sweetness of a decorated cookie with the flavors of a sweet, creamy drink in the glass. It’s definitely an adult dessert drink that is perfect to add to your holiday drink menu. For another popular alcoholic beverage, try my Gingerbread Martini, too! It’s an adults-only sippable drink that gives you the flavors of a Gingerbread Man Cookie!

Pouring Alcohol into Sugar Cookie Cocktail - Sugar Cookie Martini

Buttercream: You only need a teaspoon of buttercream for the rim of the glass. But, if you were planning to do some more decorating with buttercream, I have an American Buttercream recipe you could make. 

Sprinkles: You can never have too many sprinkles!

Vanilla Vodka: Vanilla vodka is perfect for adding a touch of sweetness to this dessert drink, which goes along with the sugar cookie name.

Baileys Irish Cream: This is an alcoholic beverage made with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey. It is delicious on its own, over ice, or, of course, in coffee. You could easily substitute Kahlua for the Baileys in this recipe for more of a Vanilla White Russian.

Sugar Cookie Cocktail - Sugar Cookie Martini

How to Make a Cocktail without a Shaker

Don’t miss out on this fun sugar cookie cocktail just because you don’t have a cocktail shaker. A great alternative would be to use a to-go coffee mug with a solid lid. Fill the mug up with ice, just like in a shaker, add all the ingredients, cover the opening mouth part, and get shakin’! When you are ready to pour the drink into the glass, just open up the mouth opening and pour. The lid should hold the ice back so you just get the chilled cocktail.

Sugar Cookie Cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Sugar Cookie Cocktail is an alcoholic beverage with a buttercream rimmed glass filled with vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, and more cream for a perfect winter drink by the fire.


  • 1 teaspoon buttercream, for glass rim
  • sprinkles, for glass rim
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce heavy cream


  • Using an offset spatula, spread a layer of buttercream around the rim of a glass. Roll the rim in sprinkles.
  • Add ice to the glass, filling it almost to the top. Set aside.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vanilla vodka, Baileys, and heavy cream. Shake vigorously until frothy.
  • Strain the vodka mixture over ice. Serve immediately.


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