Carrot Cake Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Carrot Cake Cocktail is a delightful dessert cocktail that is perfect for those who love the taste of carrot cake. It's a newer cocktail, gaining popularity in the 21st century as mixologists began experimenting with dessert-themed drinks. It's a hit with those who enjoy sweet, creamy cocktails and has a special appeal for carrot cake lovers.

How Carrot Cake Cocktail Tastes?

This cocktail is sweet, creamy, and rich, with a hint of spice from the cinnamon. It has a unique flavor profile that truly mimics the taste of a carrot cake.

Interesting facts about Carrot Cake Cocktail

  • The Carrot Cake Cocktail is a dessert cocktail, which means it's typically served after dinner.
  • Despite its name, the cocktail does not contain any actual carrot. The flavor comes from the combination of ingredients.
  • The cocktail is often garnished with a cinnamon stick, mimicking the spices found in a carrot cake.


A few good options for Carrot Cake Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Vanilla Vodka

Used for its smooth, sweet essence, vanilla vodka adds depth and a bakery-like warmth to the cocktail. The 1.5 oz portion is just right to establish a solid base without overwhelming the other flavors. Without it, you'd miss that homely, 'fresh from the oven' vibe. An alternative? Regular vodka and a drop of pure vanilla extract could do the trick, though the infused vodka typically offers a more rounded flavor.

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Butterscotch Schnapps

Butterscotch Schnapps pours in that rich, buttery sweetness reminiscent of the cake's topping. At 1 oz, it balances well with the vanilla vodka, enhancing the confectionery feel of the drink. Leave it out and you're waving goodbye to the dream of a liquid dessert. Sub it with caramel syrup if you're in a bind, but you'll sacrifice some of the schnapps' kick.

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Cinnamon Schnapps

This spicy addition, in a modest 0.5 oz, brings the warmth and spice that’s key in carrot cake. Forget it, and you lose that special zing. The result? A cocktail as dull as a dinner party without a guest who tells good stories. A pinch of ground cinnamon might save the day, but it won't blend as seamlessly as the schnapps.

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Irish Cream

Irish Cream offers a smooth, creamy consistency and a touch of whiskey mystique. The 1 oz serving enriches the cocktail's profile. Skip it, and you've missed the cream cheese icing on the cake—quite literally. Swap for a milk creamer with a dash of whiskey if needed, yet it's not quite the same indulgence.

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Half and Half

With 1 oz of this dairy delight, we strike a balance between thickness and drinkability. It mellifies the potent alcohols, making each sip a cuddle from the inside. Ditch it, and the cocktail might be a tad too strong, like a vain actor who doesn't know when to leave the stage. Milk could step in, but expect a less creamy performance.

Mary Mitkina

Cinnamon Stick

More than just a garnish, the cinnamon stick subtly infuses the cocktail with a warm, autumnal essence as it's stirred or simply rests in the glass. Don’t have it? You'll lack that Instagram-worthy look and the extra layer of spice. A dusting of ground cinnamon could be the understudy, though it's not quite as visually striking.

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Recipe. How to make Carrot Cake Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps, cinnamon schnapps, Irish cream, and half and half to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until combined and chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass.
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer.
  • Use a fresh cinnamon stick for garnish to add an extra burst of flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate Lava Cake: The rich chocolate flavor complements the vanilla and butterscotch notes of the cocktail.
  • Cheesecake: its creamy nature pairs wonderfully with the Irish cream in the drink.
  • Pumpkin Pie: A classic fall dessert that will harmonize with the cinnamon tones.


  • Espresso: A strong espresso can be a great balance to the sweetness of this cocktail.


  • Brie: The creaminess of Brie matches the half and half and Irish cream.

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What you could change in Carrot Cake Cocktail

  • Vanilla Vodka: Can be substituted with regular vodka and a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Butterscotch Schnapps: Can be replaced with caramel syrup for a non-alcoholic version.
  • Half and Half: Can be replaced with any dairy or non-dairy milk.

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And of course - twists🍹

Carrot Cake Martini

  • Substitute half and half with carrot juice for an authentic carrot cake flavor and a healthier kick.
  • Add a small amount of nutmeg and ground ginger to the shaker for an extra spice profile.
  • Rim the glass with crushed walnuts and brown sugar for added texture and a nutty finish that complements the carrot.

This twist brings an earthy depth and authenticity to the cocktail, transcending it from a dessert mimic to a garden-fresh confection in a glass.

Spiced Rum Carrot Cake Cocktail

  • Use spiced rum instead of vanilla vodka for a Caribbean twist. The spices in the rum will complement the cinnamon and butterscotch.
  • Replace Irish cream with coconut cream to enhance the tropical notes.
  • Serve over crushed ice with a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes on top.

The result is a cocktail that feels like a slice of carrot cake on a sun-kissed beach—exotic, but familiar.

Dairy-Free Carrot Cake Cocktail

  • Swap Irish cream and half and half for almond milk and a vegan cream liqueur.
  • Sweeten with maple syrup if needed to balance the flavor.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley for a pop of color and a fresh herbaceous note.

This twist offers a lactose-intolerant-friendly option that maintains the creamy dreaminess without the dairy.

In case you forgot basics how to make Carrot Cake Cocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Carrot Cake Cocktail

Can I make this cocktail without alcohol?

Yes, you can substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic versions. For example, the vanilla vodka can be substituted with non-alcoholic vanilla extract and soda water, the butterscotch schnapps can be replaced with butterscotch syrup, and the Irish cream can be replaced with non-alcoholic Irish cream.

What type of glass should I use for this cocktail?

This cocktail is best served in a classic cocktail glass. However, you can also serve it in a short tumbler or an old-fashioned glass.

What else can I garnish this cocktail with, besides a cinnamon stick?

Besides a cinnamon stick, you can also garnish this cocktail with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder or a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

What other types of dessert cocktails are there?

There are many other types of dessert cocktails like the Chocolate Martini, Apple Pie Cocktail, and Tiramisu Martini. The specific ingredients vary but generally, they contain sweet liqueurs and often cream or other dessert-like flavors.

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