Vanilla vodka is one of the most popular flavored vodkas in the world of cocktails. Considering that vodka is a key player in a simple martini, one must wonder how delicious it would be to switch things up by adding vanilla vodka to your martini instead. There are lots of great ways to use vanilla vodka in your cocktail creations, but these 17 best-tasting vanilla vodka martini recipes are at the top of the list.
1. Baileys Martini with a Vanilla Twist
By Tidy Mom
Irish cream is a delicious treat no matter what cocktail you find it in, but there’s something extra delicious about this Baileys Martini with a Vanilla Twist. The cool creaminess is perfect for winter celebrations or as a sippable dessert during the summer. Two simple ingredients, including Irish cream and vanilla-flavored vodka, are all you need. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for a nice touch.
2. French Martini with Vanilla Vodka
This French martini is refreshing and delicious with flavors that fuse together perfectly. Pineapple juice and Chambord pair with your favorite vanilla vodka for a tasty cocktail. Combine it all in your cocktail shaker with a little ice, shake vigorously and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish this beauty with a juicy chunk of pineapple or a few raspberries and enjoy.
3. Blackberry Vanilla Martini
By Mitten Girl
Imagine the sweetness of a sun-ripened raspberry that’s bursting with juice. Now, imagine that mixed with a little vanilla and lime in a martini that will become one of your favorite cocktail recipes. Fresh blackberries are muddled with lime juice in a cocktail shaker, then combined with vanilla-flavored vodka and simple syrup. Shake with ice cubes and pour into a well-chilled glass. We promise you’ll never quite think of blackberries the same.
4. White Chocolate Vanilla Martini
White chocolate is one of our favorite flavors, but it becomes even more delicious when paired with vodka that’s infused with the flavor and scent of vanilla bean. This White Chocolate Vanilla Martini is almost ridiculously easy to make, so it’s perfect for a special gathering when you want to save a little prep time behind the bar.
To make this martini, combine white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, Creme de Cacao, half & half, and ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass and garnish with shaved white or dark chocolate. Sweet perfection.
5. Vanilla Raspberry Martini
Fresh raspberries and vanilla vodka make perfect partners in this martini recipe. Chambord adds an even richer raspberry flavor, while lime juice adds just a bit of tart that balances this martini perfectly. Make sure you muddle the raspberries until they’re nice and pulpy so that you get the beautiful rich hue of raspberries in your martini glass.
6. Caramel Vanilla Martini
If you’re someone who loves the creaminess and sweetness of biting into a vanilla caramel, you’re going to love this recipe for a grown-up version packaged as a martini. Creamy, rich, and decadent are the words to describe this drink. Vanilla vodka, amaretto, and caramel Irish cream are partners in crime in your cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and pour. Sweet, lusciousness awaits you.
7. Mudslide Martini with Vanilla Vodka
Vanilla vodka, Irish cream, and Kahlua are perfect on their own, especially as a happy hour treat. However, if you blend them all together in a cocktail shaker with ice, you suddenly have a scrumptious martini that’s part cocktail and part dessert. This recipe is simple, using the three tasty ingredients in equal proportions. Add this to your list of cocktail recipes for the next time you entertain.
8. Frozen Strawberry and Vanilla Vodka Martini
We love that this cocktail recipe uses fresh juicy strawberries. This is a great martini for the summer months, but if you’re making it at a time of the year when fresh strawberries are expensive or lack in flavor, frozen strawberries will work just as well.
Combine the strawberries with vanilla-infused vodka, dry vermouth, and a little sugar in a blender. Blend until a gorgeous frozen martini emerges. Garnish with a strawberry or lime and enjoy.
9. Pornstar Martini with Vanilla Vodka
Is it any surprise that a cocktail called the Pornstar Martini is going to be juicy and a little passionately naughty in your martini glasses? Vanilla vodka combines with passionfruit, passionfruit juice, and prosecco for a delightfully sinful martini.
The vanilla vodka and passionfruit juice are combined in a cocktail shaker with a tight-fitting lid. Then poured into martini glasses where the cocktails are garnished with passionfruit and served with prosecco on the side. For your next Sunday brunch, ditch the mimosas and try this instead!
10. Chocolate Martini with Vanilla Vodka
This creamy chocolate martini is among our favorite recipes, and we think that the chocolate lover in you is going to be just as impressed. This is basically like a grown-up version of your favorite chocolate milk, and it’s going to add new life to your happy hour celebrations.
Combine vanilla vodka, chocolate syrup, creme de cacao, and chocolate liqueur. Swirl a little of the chocolate syrup around in your glass if you like, and then make sure it’s filled to the brim with this decadent shaken martini.
11. Tiramisu Martini with Vanilla Vodka
Tiramisu is a creamy, decadent Italian dessert with a taste that’s unforgettable. If it seems like too much work to serve tiramisu at your next dinner party, why not opt for an easier version and enjoy it in a martini form instead?
This luscious martini tastes pretty close to the real thing with a combination of vanilla and chocolate vodka, plus amaretto and coffee liqueur, plus a dash of cocoa powder to top it off. We think it might be fun to add a ladyfinger on the side and serve this cocktail as dessert.
12. Vanilla Vodka Key Lime Pie Martini
Key lime pie is creamy and a perfect dessert any time of year. It’s hard not to love this cocktail version that features vanilla vodka mixed with coconut rum and pineapple juice. A little lime juice goes a long way in the cocktail recipe, and heavy cream adds just the right amount of richness.
The graham cracker rim is optional, but if it’s a true key lime pie taste that you’re going for, it makes a really nice addition.
13. Blue Sky Martini with Vanilla Vodka
The Blue Sky Martini will look gorgeous in your martini glasses, but it’s the taste that has won us over. For this blue beauty of cocktails, combine your favorite vanilla vodka with peach schnapps, blue curacao, simple syrup, and lemon juice. A dusting of sugar graces the rim for a refreshing martini cocktail that’s full of fruity flavor.
14. Vanilla Butterscotch Martini
This Vanilla Butterscotch Martini is like smooth liquid gold with the flavor of vanilla bean coming through. Grab your favorite bottle of vanilla vodka and combine it with butterscotch schnapps for a rich butterscotch flavor. Then add cream soda into the mix for a little effervescent fun. Strain this cocktail into your favorite martini-style glass and say cheers.
15. Nilla Wafer Martini
One of the best cocktail tips ever is to keep your recipes simple. When you have high-quality spirits and liqueur, you really don’t need to go over the top to make a big impression. This Nilla Wafer Martini is proof that the best cocktails are the simplest ones.
There are only two ingredients in this martini cocktail – high-quality vanilla vodka and amaretto. The result is a vanilla vodka martini that is smooth and elegant with just a hit of sweetness that doesn’t overpower the drink.
16. Madagascar Vanilla Martini
This is one of the more exotic vanilla vodka martini recipes on our list. It uses Amarula cream liqueur, which has a bit of a caramel vanilla flavor with undertones of chocolate. Check your local specialty liquor store to see if they can order this in. If you’re unable to find it, Frangelico liqueur would be a nice substitution.
17. Vanilla & Meyer Lemon Martini
This Vanilla & Meyer Lemon Martini is full of bright citrus flavor with the smooth, mellow notes of vanilla. This recipe is a bit more involved than some other martini recipes, but we promise that the final result is worth it.
You’ll need to start by whipping up a recipe for vanilla bean-infused simple syrup. Then once you have that, shake it up with ice, vanilla vodka, and fresh Meyer lemon juice. Add a rim of vanilla-scented sugar, then all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy.
Enjoy a Hint of Vanilla In Your Martini Glass
Vanilla vodka is versatile, and there’s everything to love about how it blends so perfectly with so many flavors. From fresh-squeezed orange juice to a rich liqueur like Chambord, there’s just nothing that vanilla vodka doesn’t make better – especially in a martini. Try serving one of these 17 best-tasting vanilla vodka martinis at your next cocktail gathering.