Sleeping Beauty 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 Sleeping Beauty cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour, with a hint of sparkle that makes it perfect for special occasions. It's a favorite among those who enjoy fruity cocktails with a touch of elegance. The name 'Sleeping Beauty' comes from the cocktail's enchanting appearance and the dreamy state it induces after a few sips.

How Sleeping Beauty Tastes?

The Sleeping Beauty cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet and sour. The fruity notes of the Kinky Liqueur are perfectly balanced by the creamy vanilla vodka, while the Sprite or 7 UP adds a refreshing fizz. The garnish of cherries or mint adds a final touch of sweetness or freshness, respectively.

Interesting facts about Sleeping Beauty

  • The Sleeping Beauty cocktail is often served at parties due to its eye-catching appearance.
  • Despite its sweet taste, it has a relatively high alcohol content.
  • The Silver Shimmer Dust for cakes gives this cocktail a unique, glittery appearance.


A few good options for Sleeping Beauty are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Kinky Liqueur

The bold fuscia of Kinky Liqueur adds a pop of color and a juicy, tropical fruit-forward taste. An ounce is just enough to tease the palate without overwhelming it. Skip it and you'll lose that fairy-tale blush and fruity punch. As an alternative, consider a different fruit liqueur like Chambord for a berry vibe.

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Vanilla Vodka

It's like casting a vanilla spell to add some liquid magic into the mix! This 1 oz contribution balances the fruity liqueur with a smooth, sweet fragrance. Leave it out, and you'll miss the enchanting vanilla essence. Want to play around? Opt for caramel vodka for a different twist of sweetness.

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Sprite or 7 UP

These bubbly mixers add both sweetness and effervescence to the potion, lifting it to a mystical realm. 4 oz provides the perfect ratio to not drown the enchantment of the liqueurs. Forgetting Sprite or 7 UP would make your 'Sleeping Beauty' a bit too heavy. A switch to ginger ale could add a spicy zing if you dare to venture off the beaten path.

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Cherries or Mint for Garnish

Every princess needs her crown, and the cherry or mint garnish does just that. It's the finishing touch that adds a bit of sophistication. Without it, the cocktail still tastes great, but it's like royalty without the regalia. No cherries or mint? Try an orange twist to keep it classy.

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Silver Shimmer Dust for cakes

This magical dust is the pixie dust that takes the cocktail from commoner to aristocrat. It's the sparkling effect that gives the 'Sleeping Beauty' its whimsical feel. A half teaspoon ensures your drink shimmers with elegance. Skip it, and you lose the visual wonder—but hey, the kingdom will still stand. If shimmer dust isn't on hand, edible glitter or a splash of grenadine for color could be royal substitutes.

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Recipe. How to make Sleeping Beauty Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the Kinky Liqueur and vanilla vodka.
  3. Top up with Sprite or 7 UP.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Sprinkle the Silver Shimmer Dust on top.
  6. Garnish with a cherry or mint sprig.

Pro Tips

  • For a more intense flavor, let the cocktail sit for a few minutes before serving.
  • Use fresh cherries or mint for the garnish for the best taste.
  • The Silver Shimmer Dust is optional, but it gives the cocktail a magical touch.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters – The creamy notes of vanilla vodka would complement the richness of cheeses such as brie and goat cheese.
  • Fruit skewers – Align with the fruity essence of the Kinky Liqueur and cherries, tropical fruits or even apple slices would make for a refreshing pairing.


  • Vanilla or Lemon Based Desserts – The vanilla vodka can really tie in with the themes of vanilla cupcakes or a zesty lemon tart.
  • Sorbet – A light, fruity sorbet, especially a cherry or citrus flavor, would be an effervescent companion to the 'Sleeping Beauty'.

Food Pairing Tip

When pairing cocktails, aim for balance. The sweet and fruity aspects of 'Sleeping Beauty' make it a great dance partner for lighter, not too overpowering dishes.

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What you could change in Sleeping Beauty

  • Kinky Liqueur can be replaced with any other fruity liqueur.
  • Vanilla vodka can be substituted with plain vodka and a drop of vanilla extract.
  • Sprite or 7 UP can be replaced with any other lemon-lime soda.

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Midnight Beauty

Replace Sprite or 7 UP with blackberry soda, and substitute Kinky Liqueur with black raspberry liqueur. You'll create a deeper, richer flavor profile, perfect for those who desire a 'Sleeping Beauty' with a bit more mystery and depth.


  • Black raspberry liqueur: 1 oz
  • Vanilla Vodka: 1 oz
  • Blackberry soda: 4 oz
  • Silver Shimmer Dust: 1/2 tsp
  • Blackberries for garnish

Recipe: Follow the original steps, substituting the sodas and liqueurs appropriately.

Enchanted Berry

Bring in a berry twist by using Raspberry Vodka instead of Vanilla. Replace the Sprite with tonic water for a slightly more bitter counterpoint to the sweetness of the liqueurs.


  • Kinky Liqueur: 1 oz
  • Raspberry Vodka: 1 oz
  • Tonic Water: 4 oz
  • Silver Shimmer Dust: 1/2 tsp
  • Raspberries for garnish

Recipe: Follow the original steps, thus adding a berry excitement and a touch of bitterness to the drink.

Minty Slumber

Infuse a refreshing minty twist by muddling fresh mint leaves at the bottom of the glass before adding the ice. Swap out the cherries for garnish with a lavish mint sprig.


  • Kinky Liqueur: 1 oz
  • Vanilla Vodka: 1 oz
  • Sprite or 7 UP: 4 oz
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Silver Shimmer Dust: 1/2 tsp
  • Mint sprig for garnish


  1. Muddle the fresh mint leaves in the glass.
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Add the liqueur and vodka.
  4. Top up with soda, and proceed with the original recipe steps.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sleeping Beauty

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Sleeping Beauty

What is the origin of the name 'Sleeping Beauty' for this cocktail?

The name 'Sleeping Beauty' comes from the classic fairy tale. The cocktail has a delicate balance of sweet and sour flavors, much like the enchanting and dreamy qualities found in the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Why is the Sleeping Beauty cocktail typically served in a highball glass?

The highball glass is used to showcase the beautiful colors of the Sleeping Beauty cocktail. The glass shape also helps to maintain the carbonation of the drink and provides plenty of space for ice.

What dishes pair well with the Sleeping Beauty cocktail?

This sweet and fruity cocktail goes well with light and delicate dishes. Seafood, salads, and poultry are all great options. Also, spicy or salty appetizers can provide a nice contrast to the cocktail's sweetness.

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