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Cheesecake Cocktail Recipe with Buttermilk Twist

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Escape the ordinary and snuggle up with a cocktail that’s as comforting as a warm hug. Forget frosty margaritas and icy martinis, tonight’s forecast calls for the Cheesecake Martini. A velvety mix of flavors, it’ll wrap you in its creamy charm and melt away your worries, one delicious sip at a time.

Woman's hand getting a martini glass filled with a cheesecake cocktail.

Imagine rich vanilla vodka swirling with velvety buttermilk, their creamy textures whispering promises of indulgence. Amaretto and Kahlua add a luxurious hint of almond and coffee, harmonizing with the sweet whisper of fresh graham cracker crumbs clinging to the rim. Each sip of this sweet cocktail is a mini vacation, transporting you to a world of cheesecake perfection, minus the fork and guilt. So raise a glass, let the Cheesecake Martini paint your evening with pure pleasure, and turn every sip into a celebration worth savoring.

The creamy texture of this cocktail captures the essence of everyone’s favorite dessert in a glass, with a tangy twist thanks to the buttermilk. Get ready to indulge!

Calling all legal libation lovers! This dessert cocktail awaits, but before you dive in, a friendly reminder: grab your ID and your responsible drinking hat. This recipe is intended for responsible adults of legal drinking age. 

Now, let’s get mixing! 

Ingredients

  • Vanilla Vodka: This is the base of the cocktail and provides a smooth, neutral flavor. You can use the full 2 ounces for a stronger kick or adjust it down to 1.5 ounces for a more balanced flavor.
  • Amaretto: This adds a touch of almond sweetness. Start with 1 ounce and adjust to your liking. Some prefer a stronger almond flavor, while others might find it overpowering.
  • Kahlua: This provides the coffee notes and depth of flavor. You can start with 1 ounce and adjust as needed. Some enjoy a stronger coffee presence, while others might prefer it more subtle.

Additionally

  • Buttermilk: This adds a unique tanginess and creaminess. You can use the full 2 ounces for a noticeable tang or reduce it slightly for a smoother texture. If you don’t have any buttermilk, you can use half-and-half.
  • Honey and graham cracker crumbs: These are for the rim and add a touch of sweetness and texture. You can adjust the amount based on your preference.
Kahlua, vanilla vodka, and amaretto along with honey and graham cracker crumbs.

Remember

  • Taste as you go and adjust the proportions to suit your personal taste.
  • Start with smaller amounts and add more if needed, as it’s easier to add than to take away.
  • Always drink responsibly and know your limits.

Instructions

Prepare the rim of the glass: Place graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with honey to moisten, then dip in the crumb mixture to coat.

Martin glass rim being dipped in graham cracker crumbs.

Combine the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vanilla vodka, buttermilk, amaretto, and Kahlua. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

Kahlua being poured into a cocktail shaker.

Strain and serve: Strain the cocktail into your prepared glass.

Cocktail being strained into a martini glass.

Garnish and enjoy!: Add a lemon twist, fresh berries, or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra decadent touch.

Tips

  • For a smoother texture, use a fine-mesh sieve when straining the cocktail.
  • Adjust the sweetness to your liking. If you find the buttermilk makes it too tart, add a splash of simple syrup.
  • Experiment with different garnishes! Other options include shaved chocolate, cinnamon sugar, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
  • This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to share with friends.
Two cheesecake cocktails in martini glasses rimmed with graham cracker crumbs.

Variations

  • Chocolate Cheesecake: Add a half-ounce of chocolate liqueur, like Godiva or Mozart, for a richer chocolatey flavor.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake: Muddle a few fresh strawberries in the shaker with the other ingredients for a fruity twist.
  • Lemon Cheesecake: Add a splash of fresh lemon juice for extra tanginess.

Enjoy this delicious and versatile Cheesecake Cocktail! Remember to drink responsibly and have fun!

Two cheesecake cocktails in martini glasses rimmed with graham cracker crumbs.

Cheesecake Cocktail

The creamy texture of this cocktail captures the essence of everyone's favorite dessert in a glass, with a tangy twist thanks to the buttermilk. Get ready to indulge!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 351kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Cocktail Glass

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces buttermilk chilled
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • Graham cracker crumbs for rimming
  • Honey for rimming
  • Optional garnishes: Lemon twist fresh berries, whipped cream
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Prepare the rim of the glass: Place graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with honey to moisten, then dip in the crumb mixture to coat.
  • Combine the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vanilla vodka, buttermilk, amaretto, and Kahlua. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Strain and serve: Strain the cocktail into your prepared glass.
  • Garnish and enjoy!: Add a lemon twist, fresh berries, or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra decadent touch.

Notes

Nutrition information is a rough estimation and does not include the rim or garnishes.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 86mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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