Milky Way Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

Created by

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 Milky Way Cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the beauty of our galaxy. It's a favorite among stargazers and space enthusiasts. The cocktail's creamy texture and heavenly taste are reminiscent of the Milky Way's mesmerizing beauty. It's perfect for those who enjoy a sweet, creamy cocktail with a hint of chocolate.

How Milky Way Cocktail Tastes?

The Milky Way Cocktail is sweet and creamy, with a rich chocolate flavor. It has a smooth, velvety texture and a hint of vanilla. The taste is reminiscent of a Milky Way candy bar, making it a delightful treat for the senses.

Interesting facts about Milky Way Cocktail

  • The Milky Way Cocktail is named after the Milky Way galaxy.
  • It's a creamy cocktail, making it a great dessert drink.
  • The cocktail's chocolate flavor is reminiscent of a Milky Way candy bar.


A few good options for Milky Way Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Chocolate Liqueur

A sweet hug in liquid form, this is the star that brings the 'Milky Way' vibe. It's the right amount for a cosmic experience without creating a black hole. No chocolate liqueur? You might lose the night sky effect, but try coffee liqueur for a mocha twist.

Mary Mitkina

Irish Cream

Irish Cream is the smooth, velvety whisper in the symphony of this cocktail. If boozed out, the cocktail becomes less creamy and more Vodka-forward. Consider swapping for almond milk creamer and a dash of whiskey for a dairy-free galaxy.

Mary Mitkina

Vanilla Vodka

It's the cosmic dust that ties the galactic flavors together. Less than 1 oz, you won’t feel the vanilla’s warmth; more, and you'll overpower the other stellar players. Feeling adventurous? Use caramel vodka for a 'Dulce de Leche' constellation.

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Half and Half

The milky nebula of our concoction, providing a lush, full body. Without it, the cocktail turns into a dense asteroid field of booze and leaves a thinner mouthfeel. Coconut cream could beam you up to a tropical Milky Way, though!

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Milky Way Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the chocolate liqueur, Irish cream, vanilla vodka, and half and half.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Serve the cocktail in a chilled glass to keep it cool for longer.
  • Sprinkle a little cocoa powder on top for an extra touch of chocolate.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate-based desserts: The rich and creamy nature pairs splendidly with chocolate cake or a decadent chocolate mousse.
  • Fruit tarts: The smooth sweetness of the cocktail complements the tartness of fruits like raspberry or blackberry.
  • Cheesecake: The Irish cream and vanilla flavors of the cocktail boost the creamy, tangy profile of cheesecake.


  • Espresso: The strong coffee flavor can contrast beautifully with the cocktail's sweetness, providing a balance.


  • Salted Nuts: Counter the sweetness with the saltiness for a delightful contrast.
  • Dark Chocolate: Specifically, high-cocoa content dark chocolate can provide a complementary flavor profile.

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What you could change in Milky Way Cocktail

  • You can substitute the chocolate liqueur with a chocolate syrup.
  • If you don't have vanilla vodka, you can use regular vodka and a splash of vanilla extract.

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And of course - twists🍹

Nutty Way Cocktail

Add a splash of Amaretto and a scoop of hazelnut gelato for a dessert-worthy twist. The nutty notes will dance like stars in your mouth, creating a Milky Way worth observing with your taste buds!

Caramel Galaxy Cocktail

Mix in a swirl of caramel sauce and swap the half and half for heavy cream. It's like a caramel comet streaking through a creamy cosmos. Dangerously dessert-like, proceed with caution but full thrust!

Spicy Stardust Cocktail

Muddle in some fresh jalapeños before shaking. It'll have you seeing stars – literally. This spicy infusion will launch your taste sensations into warp speed. Best enjoyed with a view of the night sky and a fire extinguisher on standby!

In case you forgot basics how to make Milky Way 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.

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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.

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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 Milky Way Cocktail

Can I use any type of Vodka for the Milky Way Cocktail?

While the recipe calls for Vanilla Vodka, you are free to experiment with different flavors to suit your taste. Just remember that changing the type of vodka might alter the overall flavor of the cocktail.

Is the Milky Way Cocktail suitable for vegans?

The Milky Way Cocktail includes Irish Cream, which is typically made from cream and other dairy components. Therefore, the cocktail is not vegan. However, you can find vegan alternatives to Irish Cream and Half and Half on the market today.

Is there any appropriate time or occasion to serve the Milky Way Cocktail?

The Milky Way Cocktail, with its sweet and creamy taste, is an excellent choice for dessert or a nightcap. It's also a star at space-themed parties!

Can the Milky Way Cocktail be made without any alcohol?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail by replacing the alcoholic ingredients such as Vanilla Vodka, Irish Cream, and Chocolate Liqueur with similar non-alcoholic ingredients or flavors.

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