If you or someone you love is celebrating another trip around the sun, try one of these celebratory birthday cocktails. From margaritas to birthday cake-flavored libations, there’s a drink here for every palate. Only for 21st birthdays and up, of course.
Whether it’s a big one like the 21st birthday or just another year, birthdays are for celebrating!
If it’s your birthday, I know you want to celebrate with the perfect drink! (And if so, happy birthday from me!)
And if you’re planning a birthday celebration for someone special, you are going to want to whip up a drink they’ll remember — at least until the next party, right?
There are so many choices for delectable cocktails out there to make your special day memorable, from the birthday cake martini to the birthday cake shot.
And if cake isn’t your cup of tea? You can always go with something seasonal to mark the occasion.
Either way, your signature birthday cocktail is here in this list — I hope you find one you love.
Birthday cocktail garnishes
Here are some ways you can dress up your birthday cocktails up to feel ultra festive.
Rim the cocktail in frosting & sprinkles. Roll the edge of the glass in frosting. I love this buttercream frosting, but you can also use cream cheese frosting or even royal icing. (See this sugar cookie martini for instructions on how to rim a cocktail with frosting and sprinkles.) This is a fun and delicious way to make any drink feel festive.
Use fancy sprinkles. Oh, and let’s talk about the sprinkles. Did you know you can make your own sprinkles? It’s super easy and you can have fun customizing the colors to match the birthday theme.
Add a birthday candle. You can stick a regular birthday candle in a drinking straw to use as a stirrer, or invest in these wish clips that stick to the edge of the glass.
Use a fun drink stirrer. Use colorful rock candy or a festive, sparkly drink stirrer to dress up the cocktail glass.
Birthday parties can be so much fun, but they can also be a pain to put together.
It doesn’t have to be that way! That’s why I rounded up a bunch of birthday party drink recipes to help you plan the perfect event and make sure everyone has a good time. The perfect birthday cocktail will impress guests and make the guest of honor feel special.
Below you’ll find dessert cocktails as well as seasonal cocktails to enjoy with that birthday cake when your special day rolls around.
If you’re looking for a unique cocktail with a unique flavor for the guest of honor, you’re in the right place. Pull out that cocktail shaker and get to mixing your signature drink for the birthday guy or gal.
Celebrate another trip around the sun with a creamy birthday cake martini that's made with cake vodka, whipped cream vodka and white chocolate liqueur.
It's your special day. Blow out your candles, make a wish and take a sip of a Birthday Cake White Russian with extra sprinkles on the rim with a birthday candle cocktail stirrer!
Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini
If you love chocolate and caramel, this pretty dessert drink is just for you. It tastes like a chocolate sundae. Dark chocolate cocktails are perfect for the guest of honor who loves chocolate cake.
Champagne Gummy Bears are a fun and colorful boozy snack for anytime. Bubbly and bright, these boozy and fruity snacks make for a celebratory addition to any party.
Unicorn Hot Chocolate
This hot pink hot chocolate is topped with colorful marshmallows and lots and lots of sprinkles. Any color lover would love this pretty hot cocoa! You can keep it non-alcoholic or add Irish cream liqueur.
While these shooters aren't technically birthday cake cocktails, you'll be shocked when you see the ingredient list, but I promise: These shots taste just like chocolate cake! Yes, really! The lemon wedge is necessary. Trust me.
Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis
These adorable birthday cake martinis, named for the rainbow sprinkle birthday cake, are a fantastic cocktail for celebrating another year in the books. They are no dry martini — this is a sweet dessert cocktail.
These fun and colorful shots taste just like birthday cake! And they really take the cake, too. Top them with homemade whipped cream and sprinkles.
Strawberry Shortcake Martini
Fans of fruity birthday cakes will love this strawberry shortcake martini that is packed with tons of fresh berry flavor.
Carrot Cake Shots
Those with spring birthdays will giggle over these cute carrot cake shooters, made with real carrot juice.
Spring Birthday Cocktails
Spring birthdays just won't be the same without at least one minty mojito. The good news is these fresh and quaffable libations can be made en masse for a crowd.
This floral Rose Champagne cocktail makes for a delicious drink for a romantic birthday dinner or any special occasion!
The Raspberry Moscow Mule is a berry sweet cocktail featuring Chambord raspberry liqueur. Perfect for brunch and celebrating!
Summer Birthday Cocktails
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Cocktail
Pineapple lovers will love this summery drink that tastes just like pineapple upside-down cake, complete with cocktail cherries!
Need a summer birthday drink that serves a crowd? This Margarita Sangria uses white wine, tequila, triple sec, and citrus to bring you tons of margarita flavor in one pitcher. Salt rim optional.
Beat the summer heat with a frozen Moscow mule! They are essentially Moscow mule slushies made with frozen ginger beer, lime juice and vodka (or the guest of honor's favorite booze — you can use any spirit from rum to Irish whiskey). Garnished with a lime wheel, the frozen quality makes them feel just fancy enough for a birthday.
Fall Birthday Cocktails
With all the flavors of autumn, these Apple Cider Jell-O Shots with Bourbon make a great treat. They taste like apple pie and would make a fun addition to a fall birthday party.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a boozy Chocolate Peanut Butter Whiskey Milkshake! Made with peanut butter whiskey, candy and lots of candy, this milkshake is like a candy-lover's birthday cake.
Say cheers to friends with fall birthdays with this easy apple cider mimosa. It will be the highlight of their year!
Winter Birthday Cocktails
Chilly birthdays call for hot chocolate spiked with your favorite booze. Make this easy, silky and delicious hot chocolate in your Instant Pot or any slow cooker. It easily serves a crowd.
Espresso Martini with Baileys
This pretty coffee cocktail is made with Irish cream and espresso. The perfect dessert drink for wintertime!
Those with wintertime birthdays will love this festive, red and green holiday cocktail with ginger beer, cranberry, vodka and rosemary sprigs.
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