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What to Mix With Vanilla Vodka: Mixers & Recipes (2023)

Last Updated on December 28, 2022 by Lydia Martin

Vanilla vodka is a versatile spirit with strong flavors that you can enjoy on its own. But with the right mixers, do you know that vanilla vodka makes great cocktails too? 

Find out what to mix with vanilla vodka to enhance and elevate the taste of your favorite spirit. Read on.

Top 10 Vanilla Vodka Mixers To Try 

10. Lime Juice

Lime Juice on a Mason Jar

Lime juice is tangy, refreshing, and slightly sour but blends well with the sweetness of vanilla vodka

Vanilla Rain

Prep Time: 3 mins

Total Time: 3 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ½ part Vanilla vodka
  • ⅓ part lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • 1 lime wedge

Instructions: 

In a highball glass with ice cubes, combine vanilla vodka and lime juice and top it off with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a piece of the lime wedge before serving. 

Serving: 1

9. Orange Juice

pouring orange juice in a glass

The aroma and taste of vanilla vodka mix well with tangy and citrus orange juice, especially the freshly squeezed ones. 

Vanilla Cardamom Screwdriver

Prep Time: 7 mins

Total Time: 10 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
  • 3 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 0.75 oz cardamom simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Orange slices (garnish)

Instructions: 

Get a cocktail shaker and mix all the ingredients—strain into a glass with ice and garnish with an orange slice. 

Serving: 1

8. Fresh Berries

close up shot of berries

Fresh berries are sweet and sour, so when combined with vanilla vodka, it has the right kick and sweetness. 

Berry Vodka Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup fresh berries
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 0.50 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
  • Club Soda

Instructions: 

Muddle the basil and berries in a tall glass, then pour in the vodka and lemon juice. Add some ice and top it off with club soda and fresh berries before serving. 

Serving: 1

7. Cinnamon

Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon has a woody and sweet flavor with a slightly spicy and citrusy note, so when mixed with vanilla vodka, it makes a delectable drink.

Cinnamon Vanilla Black Russian Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz Cinnamon whiskey 
  • 2 oz coffee liqueur
  • Coke (optional)

Instructions: 

Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then shake it well. Strain in a martini glass; if desired, you can top it off with coke for extra fizz and sweetness. 

Serving: 1

6. Pineapple Juice

glass of pineapple juice

You can give your vanilla vodka a special twist by adding pineapple juice when making a cocktail. Pineapple juice is tart but naturally sweet, plus it is a healthy mixer for vodka.

“A good vodka should be flexible enough to take on the characteristics of a cocktail without overpowering it,”

– CEO of Simple Vodka

Pineapple Vodka Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 3 oz vanilla vodka 
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 slices of pineapple

Instructions: 

Prepare the sugar-rimmed glass. Combine the vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake it well, then strain it into the sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge. 

Serving: 1

5. Almond Liqueur

homemade almond liqueur

Almond liqueur has a nutty and sweet flavor, making it a great mixer to tame the bite of vanilla vodka. 

Vanilla Vodka Baileys Martini

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1.5 oz Baileys vanilla cinnamon
  • 0.75 oz almond liqueur 
  • Grated cinnamon (garnish)

Instructions: 

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain them into a chilled glass. Top it off with grated cinnamon, then serve. 

Serving:

4. Coconut Cream

Fresh Homemade Coconut Cream

Coconut cream and vanilla vodka make a frothy tropical cocktail [1]. Mixing it with a little pineapple makes an inverted piña colada but more on the coconut side. 

Coconut Martini

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • 0.5 oz coconut cream
  • 1 splash of pineapple juice

Garnish

  • Coconut flakes
  • Pineapple wedge 

Instructions: 

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all the ingredients, then mix and shake it vigorously. Strain it in a chilled martini glass, then top it with coconut flakes and pineapple wedge. 

Serving: 1

3. Unsweetened Rice Milk

Homemade rice milk on a mason jar

Unsweetened rice milk is creamy but has a watery texture. It can be a great alternative mixer for those who can’t consume dairy but want a creamy taste [2]. 

Vanilla Vodka Horchata

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
  • 0.75 oz cinnamon simple syrup
  • 4 oz unsweetened rice milk

Instructions: 

In a cocktail shaker, combine the ingredients and shake them to chill. Strain it into a Collins glass with ice, then serve. 

Serving: 1

2. Banana Liqueur 

banana liqueur on a mason jar

The banana liqueur has a clean, confected, ripe banana taste with gentle spice that makes a delectable cocktail when mixed with vanilla vodka. 

New England Piña Colada

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 0.25 oz banana liqueur 
  • 0.75 oz coconut cream
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • Pineapple wedge (garnish)

Instructions: 

  • Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake it well. Strain into a glass with ice, then garnish with pineapple wedge. 

Serving: 1

1. Peach Schnapps

Bottle of De Kuyper Peach Peach Schnapps

Peach Schnapps is a peach-forward and intensely fruity mixer that adds flavor to vanilla vodka cocktails. 

Vanilla Martini

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
  • 0.25 oz peach schnapps
  • 0.50 oz lemon juice
  • Lemon slice (garnish)

Instructions: 

In a cocktail shaker with ice, mix all the ingredients. Strain into a chilled glass and finish with a lemon slice. 

Serving: 1

FAQs 

Can you drink vanilla vodka straight?

Yes, you can drink vanilla vodka straight. It has an amazing flavor profile that you can enjoy on its own. However, it would be best to consume it with ice or mixers for a more improved taste. 

What soda is best mixed with vanilla vodka?

Lemon-lime soda is the best soda mixer for vanilla vodka. It is a sweet, citrusy, tangy, and refreshing mixer that blends well with the flavored vodka. 

Final Say

Vanilla vodka blends well with many flavors and cocktails. From creamy to fruity flavors, vanilla vodka can elevate the taste of your cocktails. 

There is a wide selection of vanilla vodka mixers, so ensure you get the best mixers that blend well with the spirit. 

References:

  1. https://www.thespruceeats.com/coconut-martini-recipe-759080 
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/milk-almond-cow-soy-rice#rice-milk 

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