What is it about a holiday season that invites us to indulge in sweet cocktails? This sugar cookie martini is the liquid version of your favorite cookie.
Sugar cookies are my favorite winter holiday treat - for both Christmas or Valentine's Day - and this recipe gives those cookies a boozy kick. It’s a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get in the holiday spirit.
We’re skipping the cookie coffee creamer and cake vodka for this sugar cookie martini recipe, getting the vanilla flavor from vanilla vodka - which is something I’m much more likely to have on hand.
The secret ingredient in this cocktail is macadamia nut liqueur. This is the best alcohol to get the buttery sweet taste of a sugar cookie. (I tested a LOT of recipes to get to this one.) Macadamia Nut liqueur is the kind of liquor you only put in sweet cocktails at the holidays, but like Rumchata, Irish cream liqueur, and its other sweet counterparts, this liqueur is worth having on hand.
This festive cocktail is ideal for sipping on Christmas Eve or while snuggled up under a blanket watching your favorite rom-com on Valentine's Day.
- Vanilla vodka
- White chocolate liqueur
- Heavy cream
- Brown sugar syrup
- Macadamia nut liqueur
- Raw sugar (for garnish)
How to Make a Sugar Cookie Martini
Pour 2 tablespoons of cream into a small shallow dish or small plate.
Pour raw sugar into a second small shallow dish.
Set the glass aside.
Shake well for at least 10 seconds and strain into your prepared glass.
Sip and enjoy!
Make Homemade Brown Sugar Syrup
Brown sugar syrup takes 2 ingredients and less than 5 minutes to make! Get the recipe and lots of information about making simple syrup over on my sugar syrup page.
- Make the brown sugar syrup ahead of time so it can cool completely before you use it. It should be well chilled before you use the syrup in your cocktail.
- Want to shake these up for a crowd? You can rim the glasses ahead of time, then mix up the cocktails once your guests are ready to sip.
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Want to serve up more festive dessert cocktails at your next holiday party? Give one of these a try!
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FAQs and Substitutions
Serve this sugar cookie martini cocktail in martini glasses or coupe glasses.
The macadamia nut liqueur is providing both a buttery and slightly nutty flavor in this cocktail that helps give it its sugar cookie flavor. If you don’t have any on hand or can’t find any macadamia nut liqueur, replace it with 0.5 oz Buttershots + 0.25 oz amaretto liqueur.
Nope. And don’t use skim milk, low-fat milk, or even whole milk instead of the cream. This recipe needs the fat from the heavy cream to have a super creamy texture which helps make it taste like an actual cookie. If you don’t drink dairy or are worried about the calories, find a different cocktail recipe to enjoy.
You make it! Follow the directions on my sugar syrups page for how to make your own brown sugar simple syrup in minutes.
Just swap out the raw sugar for a mix of red and green sugar to create a festive sprinkle rim! You could also use holiday themed red and white sprinkles or nonpareils for a colorful sprinkle rim.