Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

Yum! This was published in Midwest Living Jan/Feb 2009 issue. Tip: If you do not have vanilla vodka, substitute 1 cup regular vodka and 1 teaspoon vanilla. *****Garnish these with white or dark chocolate curls or shavings.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • orange wedge
  • vanilla sugar (recipe below) or granulated sugar
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup vanilla vodka
  • 12 cup irish cream, whole milk, whipping cream, half-and-half or 12 cup light cream
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau liqueur, Grand Marnier, orange liqueur or 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • thin orange slice (optional)


  1. Rub the rim of four to six chilled martini glasses with a wedge of orange. Spread vanilla sugar onto a plater. Invert glasses into the sugar to coat rims. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker or container with tight-fitting lid, combine half of the ice cubes, half of the vanilla vodka, half of the Irish cream liqueur, and half of the Cointreau®. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain mixture into two or three of the martini glasses; discard ice cubes. Repeat with remaining ice cubes, vodka, liqueur, and Cointreau®. Strain into remaining martini glasses.
  3. Garnish drinks with orange slices and chocolate shavings, if you like. Makes 4 to 6 drinks.
  4. Vanilla Sugar: Fill a clean and sterilized 1-quart jar with 4 cups sugar. Using a sharp paring knife, slit one 4- to 6-inch vanilla bean lengthwise. Insert both halves into sugar, making sure all of the bean is covered with sugar. Secure lid and store in a cool dry place for 2 weeks before using. (Will keep indefinitely.) Makes 4 cups.
Most Helpful

This is so yummy. I made it for 1 and got a nice martini just for me. I used irish cream. For the orange liqueur, I used Grand Marnier and 1/2 tablespoon to give more taste. I used vanilla vodka. Thanks Queen Dana :) Made for the Zwizzle Chicks of ZWT

Boomette June 07, 2010

This was a nice sweet treat! I made it into a mini-drink and used 1 oz. vanilla vodka, 1/2 ounce irish cream, 1 ounce non-fat half-and-half and a splash of light cream. I noticed that some reviews said that it was very potent-maybe the whole milk, whipping cream and half and half should be listed apart from the irish cream? Thank you for the enjoyable drink. Made for ZWT 6 by an Unruly Under the Influence.

cookiedog June 05, 2010

I loved this, and I think it was the vanilla touch in the vodka that made the difference. I have to admit though, this cocktail packs quite a potent punch with so much vodka. I used vanilla-infused vodka and Irish cream, and made the full recipe (which provided 4 very nice cocktails). I didn't taste any of the Cointreau though, so I squeezed the tip of the orange that I had after cutting it to get my orange slice, and it added a very slight citrus touch. Thanks, Queen Dana. Made for Zaar World Tour #6.

NorthwestGal June 04, 2010