Dive into the holiday spirit with this sugar cookie martini! It's super creamy with hints of Christmas' favorite sugar cookie flavor in every sip and a festive sprinkle rim. Made with less sugar than the standard drink and dairy free.
If you're a lover of the holiday season (or honestly, even if you're not) this martini is for you! It's like one of those Christmas yankee candles but in cocktail form...what's not to love about that??
This is a different kind of Christmas cocktail though. The standard sugar cookie martini is made is vanilla flavored vodka, sweetened condensed milk or whole milk, and Irish cream - while that sounds delicious, it also sounds like a sugar crash waiting to happen.
So we switched things up and made a delicious martini that still has that festive flare without all the sugar. You are welcome 😉
- Made dairy free and vegan
- Less sugar than the standard
- Festive cocktail for the holidays
- Requires 4 main ingredients
Ingredients and notes
- Vanilla oat milk creamer - This adds a creamy consistency and a hint of vanilla with a little sweetness. The Silk Vanilla Oat Milk Creamer is amazing, both in this recipe and in coffee! I also like Califia Farms Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer and NutPods Sweet Creme Creamer. If you use a different unsweetened NutPod creamer, I would add a little sugar to sweeten it a tad. If you can't use oat or almond milk creamer, substitute with plant milk and add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
- Rum - The liquor used in this martini. Clear or dark will work.
- Benedictine - This is a liqueur that has hints of botanicals and a little honey that pairs perfectly with the sugar cookie flavor we are going for. If needed, substitute with brandy, Amaro or Grand Marnier.
- Almond extract - This is the secret to the sugar cookie flavor. A little goes a long way here so me careful when measuring.
You will need a cocktail shaker or jar with a lid to shake the cocktail and a couple martini glasses. If you plan on rimming the glasses, you need a small plate or shallow plate.
Step 1 : Rim the glasses
This step is optional but just so fun and festive for the holidays! I like to do this with maple syrup but you can also use honey or agave. If you want to really tone into your inner Buddy the Elf, frosting would be fun too!
Spread about a tablespoon of maple syrup in a small plate and dip the top of your martini glass into the liquid to coat the rim. Keep the glass upside down and allow the maple syrup to run off.
While keeping the glass upside down, dip the rim of the glass in the sprinkles to coat. Create circular motions with the glass to make sure all of the rim is covered.
Flip the glass up right and allow it to set while you prepare the rest of the drink.
Step 2 : Prepare the cocktail
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the oat milk creamer, rum, benedictine, and almond extract. Shake well to chill the drink until the mixture is frothing at top.
Pour the drink into the martini glasses just shy of hitting the sprinkle rim. If yo fill it up too full, the sprinkles will dissolve into the drink and color it - not a bad thing but I like to keep the drink cream like a sugar cookie!
This cocktail is pretty simple to make but here are a few tips to ensure it's exquisite every time:
- If you are rimming the glasses, do this first so the sprinkles have time to set before adding the drink.
- Try to use an oat or almond milk creamer if you can. The consistency and sweetness level are exactly what you need for this cocktail. Of corse, if yo don't have it on hand, you can use plant milk with a little coconut sugar and vanilla mixed in.
- Shake well in a cocktail shaker. This breaks up some of the ice into the drink which makes it super chilled just like a classic martini.
- Don't pour the martini all the way up to the sprinkle rim. You want to leave a little room on top so the sprinkles don't dissolve into the drink.
Frequently asked questions
Any vanilla flavored dairy free creamer will work in this recipe. You can also use plant milk with 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 Tablespoon of coconut sugar mixed in.
Yes you can. I recommend not making more than two cocktails in a shaker as this is how much a standard shaker will hold.
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Sugar Cookie Martini
- 1 Tbsp Red and green sprinkles - for the rim
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup - sub. with honey or agave. for the rim
- ⅓ cup Vanilla Silk Oat Milk Creamer - sub. Vanilla dairy free creamer
- 1 ½ oz rum - clear or dark both work
- ¼ oz Benedictine
- ⅛ tsp almond extract
- Add the sprinkles to a small shallow plate; set aside. Spread the maple syrup on a separate plate. Dip the martini glass upside down in the maple syrup to coat the rim. Let the syrup run off the rim before placing the rim on the plate with the sprinkles. Make circular motions with the glass to fully coat the rim. Stand the martini glass up right and allow the rim to set while you make the rest of the cocktail.
- To prepare the cocktail, fill a shaker with ice and add the oat milk creamer, rum, Benedictine, and almond extract to the shaker. Shake well for about 20 seconds until there is froth on top.
- Pour the cocktail into the martini glass through a strainer and enjoy!