King Cake Cocktail to Celebrate Mardi Gras at Home!

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This King Cake Cocktail is the perfect drink to make Mardi Gras! It’s made with flavored vodkas and cinnamon schnapps and it’s like the famous dessert in a glass – laissez les bon temps rouler!

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King Cake Cocktail

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

Ingredients Used In This Cocktail

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This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.


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King Cake Mardi Gras Cocktail with Cake-Flavored Vodka

King Cake Variations

I like to try and give variations on the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and especially turning the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!

Virgin King Cake Mocktail (non-alcoholic)

So that non-drinkers can enjoy a glass of this Mardi Gras cocktail, we can turn it into a mocktail by removing the alcohol and replacing some of the ingredients with other things.

I love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavors and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.

I suggest replacing the following liquors with syrups:

To make a King Cake Mocktail, follow the recipe card, but replace the alcoholic elements with the syrups suggested above.

I haven’t made the mocktail version, so I recommend adding the syrups to taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.

Frozen King Cake Cocktail

Want to turn this cocktail into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth.

Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze! You could do the same with the mocktail version too.

King Cake Party Punch

Want to make this Mardi Gras adult beverage for a crowd? It’s so easy! Here’s how to do it!

As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.,) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to.

Serve the large batch cocktail in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go really retro and serve it from a punch bowl! Whichever container best suits your event (and the drink!).

Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving receptacle of choice to keep the cocktail chilled. Add some maraschino cherries in there too if you like.

You could also skewer the fruit onto cocktail picks for guests to garnish their glasses of drink.

Speaking of which, place cocktail glasses in the bar/serving area along with a filled ice bucket, stirrers, and cocktail decorations if suitable!

To make a big batch of King Cake Party Punch, mix together:

  • 2 parts Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 parts Cake-flavored Vodka
  • 1 part Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 6 parts Red Grape Juice
  • 2 parts Sprite
Vodka Mardi Gras Cocktail

This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.

How Do I Make a King Cake Cocktail?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, any pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Recipe for Mardi Gras King Cake Cocktail

King Cake Cocktail

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This King Cake cocktail is the perfect drink to make Mardi Gras!


  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 oz Cake Flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 6 oz Red Grape Juice
  • 2 oz Sprite
  • Crushed Ice
  • Maraschino Cherries, for garnish, optional


  1. Place the vanilla vodka, cake vodka, cinnamon schnapps, and red grape juice into a cocktail shaker with a small amount of crushed iced.
  2. Shake well to combine.
  3. Pour into crushed ice-filled glasses and top up with Sprite.
  4. Add maraschino cherries for garnish if using.
  5. Enjoy and Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

    Recipe for Mardi Gras King Cake Cocktail

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 8gSugar: 35gProtein: 2g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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