Vanilla, spice and a shaker with ice make the perfect Baileys Martini. Irish Cream and vanilla vodka are all you need for a creamy, sweet, and utterly delicious cocktail.

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Baileys Martini With A Vanilla Twist

When temps drop, and the snow starts to fall, what better way to warm up than with a little Irish cream and vanilla vodka? 

This Baileys martini with a vanilla twist is a must this season, and really any time of the year. Whether you’re watching the snowfall while warming up next to a crackling fire, or hosting a party that needs a show-stopping cocktail, this baileys vanilla martini has you covered. 

A creamy easy to sip concoction with a twist of vanilla and subtle notes of chocolate make this THE essential cocktail you need to make this year. You can’t go wrong with a martini this delicious, and easy to make. Just gather up your three ingredients and you have everything you need to make the seasons bright this year.

A Baileys Martini with a vanilla vodka

What Is Baileys Irish Cream?

If you haven’t heard of Baileys Irish cream by now, you have to go try some! It’s gained mass amounts of popularity since it hit shelves in 1974, due to its creamy flavor and slight chocolate notes. 

The product is an Irish whiskey and cream-based liquor made with cocoa extract to provide the perfect blend of boozy, creamy, chocolatey goodness. It can be enjoyed on its own, with some ice, or mixed with vodka for a great Baileys martini.

Do You Have To Refrigerate Baileys Irish Cream?

Even though Baileys has “cream” in the name, you don’t have to treat it the same way you would a normal cream product, and it will last much much longer than any milk product as well. 

Baileys Irish cream is actually the only cream liquor that will last up to two years, even after it’s been opened. How the bottle is stored, is really up to you and your personal preferences. The liqueur will keep well both in the refrigerator or on the counter at room temperature. 

A Baileys Martini with a vanilla vodka and a cinnamon stick

How To Make A Baileys Martini

I love a good martini, simply because there’s not a lot too it. No fancy bitters, or homemade syrups necessary. Just your alcohol and garnish is all you need to make the perfect sippable baileys vanilla martini. 

To prep your cocktail, simply fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add your ingredients (listed in the recipe card below), and shake to chill the drink and blend the flavors. 

Once the drink is shaken, strain the liquid into your martini glasses and garnish as desired

Can I Make This Baily’s Martini Without Alcohol? 

Unfortunately, it would be very difficult to replicate the exact flavors of this martini without any of the alcohol. I suggest saving this cocktail for just the grown-ups and making a second option for the kids to enjoy. 

If you’re looking for a good holiday drink that can be made as both a cocktail and a mocktail, I highly suggest you try out my favorite Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer

A Vanilla Baileys Martini with cinnamon garnish

Baileys Martini Variations To Try

I love this cocktail just how it is, but there’s always room to have some fun with any cocktail concoction, so why not try it a few other ways too. There are so many ways to make this baileys vanilla martini your own. 

Here are a few ways I love to make my baileys martini: 

  • Swap out the vanilla vodka for whatever your favorite flavor is. There are so many fun vodka flavors on the market, so pick a good one and give it a try. My favorites are peppermint twist, caramel, or whipped cream! 
  • Add a touch of holiday flavor with some peppermint mocha syrup. If you still want the vanilla vodka flavor and a peppermint twist, pull out our favorite coffee syrup add 1/2-1 ounce into each cocktail. 
  • Use a flavored Irish cream.  Just like vodka, they come in all different flavors, like red velvet, salted caramel, and my personal favorite, espresso creme. 


A Baileys Martini with a vanilla twist on a green napkin

You Won’t Want To Miss Out On Even More Festive Cocktails

Snowflake Peppermint Cocktail – Celebrate the season with this creamy and festive Snowflake Peppermint Cocktail.  It’s the perfect winter cocktail to make all of your dreams of a white Christmas come true!

Snokey Rosemary Bourbon Sour Cocktail – The perfect mix of smoked rosemary, sweet lemonade and the warmth of bourbon makes this Bourbon Sour Cocktail perfect for entertaining or just kicking back.

Cran Cherry Rye Whiskey – The fruity cherry and cranberry notes in this Cran-Cherry Rye Whiskey Sour Cocktail complement the spicy rye for a perfectly sweet and refreshing cocktail. Add in some lime juice and egg whites and you’ve got yourself a drink you’ll love and enjoy all year long.

Twinkle Champagne Cocktail – A great way to add a little sparkle to your celebrations. With its champagne top and glitzy name, this light, delicately flavored drink is ideal for New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. 

Lemon Drop Martini With Elderflower – A sophisticated twist on a classic cocktail. The signature light and zesty favorite combines vodka, triple sec, fresh lemon juice and elderflower cordial. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart with all the bright lemon flavor you love and easy to make!

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Tools Used To Make This Baileys Martini With A Twist

Cocktail Shaker 

This cocktail shaker will not only look great on your bar cart, but it also helps you make amazing bar quality cocktails!

Rocks Glass or Martini Glass

I always serve my cocktails in fun glasses to really round out the whole at home “bartender” experience. For this cocktail, you can’t go wrong with a classic rocks glass, double old-fashioned or martini glasses.

Shot Glass 

This short glass with the ounces labeled on the side is my favorite bar tool. It takes all the guessing out of pouring cocktails making it so easy to be the perfect bartender any time you make a drink. 

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Baileys Martini with a Vanilla Twist

Baileys Martini with a Vanilla Twist

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Vanilla, spice and a shaker with ice make the perfect Bailey's Martini. Irish Cream and vanilla vodka are all you need for a creamy, sweet, and utterly delicious cocktail.


  • 3 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce Vanilla Vodka
  • ground cinnamon and cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)


    1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice.
    2. Add Baileys and vodka to shaker. Cover and shake for about 30 seconds.
    3. Strain into a martini glass.
    4. Garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick and enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 35gProtein: 0g

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A Baileys Martini with a vanilla twist and a cinnamon stick