17+ BEST Vanilla Cocktails: Easy Recipes to Try!

Wondering what the best vanilla cocktails are? There are so many delicious drinks to choose from. From a Vanilla Bean & Fig Cocktail, to a Pineapple Vanilla Martini, and more.

Vanilla has the most delicious, warming flavor when added to cocktails. You can use vanilla beans, vanilla extract, or vanilla beans.

Here are 17+ amazing vanilla cocktail recipes that highlight the sweet flavor of vanilla.

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Two fig cocktails in glasses garnished with fresh figs.
This Fig Cocktail is made with vodka and a vanilla bean & fig simple syrup. Combining it with soda water gives a nice fizz and ties this beautiful drink together. 
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Side view of grapefruit cocktails.
These Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails are perfect for a festive brunch or holiday party. The simple vanilla bean & grapefruit syrup can be made ahead of time. To serve, just add sparkling wine.
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Side view of grilled pineapple margarita garnished with grilled pineapple and jalapeno.
This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple & a splash of vanilla make it extra delicious.
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Two pineapple vodka cocktails on counter garnished with pineapple slices and raspberries.
This Pineapple Vodka Cocktail is a refreshing, tropical cocktail that’s as delicious as it is beautiful. Made with vodka, pineapple juice, raspberry liqueur and vanilla.  
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This spiced pear and vanilla bean gin fizz is such a cozy, flavorful cocktail. It is refreshing and comforting all at once. And so balanced. Sweet from
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Vanilla Maple Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktails. Made with pears roasted in maple syrup, vanilla bean paste, & cinnamon. Add apple brandy and hard pear sparkling cider & you’ve got a delicious fall drink.
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Vanilla Espresso Martini…the perfect subtle twist on the classic espresso martini cocktail, and a delicious holiday treat to cap the night!
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Vanilla Cinnamon Old Fashioned is a delicious cocktail with warm notes and a take on the classic bourbon based drink
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Make this pear holiday punch recipe for your get-togethers! It’s not too sweet, but full of cheer. This batch cocktail is easy to scale.
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Vanilla Sky Vodka Cocktail. Vanilla vodka and pineapple juice are the base of this vodka cocktail. Orange liqueur, lime juice, and almond syrup round out the flavors!
Get the RECIPE from Lemons for Lulu
Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, Irish cream, and bourbon make for a cozy hot cocktail that’ll warm up the coldest of winter nights.
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Cranberry Vanilla Gin Spritzer – Embrace autumn flavors with this refreshing, bubbly gin cocktail. Can also be made with vodka!
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A sparkling sweet Italian Cream Soda cocktail with warm vanilla caramel flavors. Perfect after dinner drink or happy hour refreshment. The cream soda cocktail is a delicious blend of cream soda, vanilla vodka, caramel whiskey,
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Strawberry Vanilla Daiquiri. You can’t go wrong with quality white rum, fresh muddled strawberries, and lime juice. Add some vanilla syrup, and you have one romantic daiquiri!
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Vanilla Cheesecake Cocktail. Make this delicious dessert inspired drink with the vanilla cheesecake flavours all in a simple to make cocktail
Get the RECIPE from The Cocktail Bird

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17+ BEST Vanilla Cocktails

Wondering what the best vanilla cocktails are? There are so many delicious drinks to choose from. Try this Vanilla Bean & Fig Cocktail is made with vodka and a vanilla bean & fig simple syrup. Combining it with soda water gives a nice fizz and ties this beautiful drink together. 
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


Fig & Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup chopped figs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean (cut in half lengthwise and seeds scraped)


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Fig + Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup (recipe above)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-4 ounces soda water
  • Ice
  • Fresh figs (for garnish)
  • Thyme sprigs (for garnish)


Fig & Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup:

  • Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5-7 minutes or until figs break down. Let the mixture sit while it cools (about 30 minutes), then strain using a fine mesh strainer.


  • Add fig vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and then pour into ice filled cocktail glasses. Top with soda water. Garnish with sliced figs and thyme sprigs and serve immediately.


This recipe will make enough simple syrup for 10-12 cocktails. Store any leftover fig syrup in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week. 
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Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 2mg

1 thought on “17+ BEST Vanilla Cocktails: Easy Recipes to Try!”

  1. 5 stars
    Sorry it took me so long to write this, but THANK YOU for including my spiced pear and vanilla bean gin fizz in this roundup! It means so much!! xo – Anita


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