Mardi Gras King Cake Cocktail

I’ve said it before, but the month of February is my absolute favorite! There’s Valentine’s Day when the entire world attempts coming together to spread the love, quickly followed my birthday which means….cake!, then wrapped up nicely in a purple, yellow and green Mardi Gras bow to conclude the month. I mean, it’s the party month that just won’t stop! And speaking of party….how about a Mardi Gras King Cake Cocktail party in your glass?

These King Cake Cocktails are a spin on Food Network’s King Cake Cocktail so they are hardly original, but I did balance out the alcohol by adding some half-n-half and dousing it in cinnamon to make it a milky, cinnamon’y, vanilla’y sip of goodness!

Mardi Gras King Cake Cocktail

It’s perfect for a virtual celebration of Mardi Gras, or for a combination Mardi Gras inspired birthday soiree- can I tell you how many times my birthday gets combined with king cake?

A lot.

But I’m not complaining. Give me all the king cake. All month long!


Mardi Gras King Cake Cocktail
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Aimee
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Serves: 2
Adapted from Food Network’s King Cake Cocktail
  • Green, purple and yellow sanding sugar for rimming the glass
  • 3 ounces King Cake Vodka
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • 3 ounces half and half, optional
  • Ground cinnamon, for dusting
  1. Add a small amount each of green, purple and gold sanding sugar on a plate, keeping them separate.
  2. Moisten the rim of a martini glass, then press part of the rim into each colored sugar, being careful not to mix the colors.
  3. Combine the vodka, Grand Marnier and Baileys in a cocktail shaker with ice (and half and half if desired). Shake well, then strain into the prepared glass. Dust with cinnamon.

Now let’s talk about illusions for a minute. You’re not going to want to use a glass as large as I have. To get these glasses as full as they are for photographic purposes, you’re looking at about 2 1/2 servings.  I wanted to use these particular glasses (vintage from great-grandmother) but quickly realized that they might as well be called the Kick Your Hiney, King Cake Cocktails! So, consume responsibly my friends.

Mardi Gras King Cake Cocktail

And if alcohol is not your thing, take these Pecan Praline King Cake Cookies for a whirl.

They’re bite sized balls of New Orleans style fun and festive for just about anyone you know!

Mardi Gras King Cake Cocktail

Working on a King Cake Bread Pudding that will be coming your way next week. Perfect for serving your fellow February birthday loves some morning magic!