Birthday Cocktails

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.

two birthday cake white Russians on a white background

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.

cupcake with chocolate frosting sitting in a bed of sprinkles in a glass cup

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.

Celebrating another year? Blow out your candles, make a wish and take a sip of a Birthday Cake White Russian! With extra sprinkles on the rim and a birthday candle cocktail stirrer, of course. (via feastandwest.com)

Birthday cocktails

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.

Dessert Cocktails

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A white cocktail in a stemless martini glass on a gold tray with sprinkles and birthday candles.
Birthday Cake Martini
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.
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Celebrating another year? Blow out your candles, make a wish and take a sip of a Birthday Cake White Russian! With extra sprinkles on the rim and a birthday candle cocktail stirrer, of course. (via feastandwest.com)
Birthday Cake White Russian
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!
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thecrumbykitchen.com
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.
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Champagne gummy bears make for a sparkling and whimsical way to celebrate anything. Enjoy them for New Years, bachelorette parties, birthday parties or anytime you want some bubbly fun on the menu! (via Feast + West)
Champagne Gummy Bears
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.
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www.loveandoliveoil.com
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.
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Chocolate Cake Shooters next to chocolate squares and chocolate cake.
Chocolate Cake Shooters
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.
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www.thespeckledpalate.com
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.
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Birthday Cake Shots
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.
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www.lemontreedwelling.com
Strawberry Shortcake Martini
Fans of fruity birthday cakes will love this strawberry shortcake martini that is packed with tons of fresh berry flavor.
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www.cakenknife.com
Carrot Cake Shots
Those with spring birthdays will giggle over these cute carrot cake shooters, made with real carrot juice.
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Spring Birthday Cocktails

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town down view of a classic mojito with mint leaves and lime wedges
Classic Mojitos
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.
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two rose champagne cocktails with a gold jigger and a bowl of rose petals
Rose Champagne Cocktail
This floral Rose Champagne cocktail makes for a delicious drink for a romantic birthday dinner or any special occasion!
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a raspberry mule in a glass and copper mug with a copper straw on a pink napkin
Raspberry Moscow Mule
The Raspberry Moscow Mule is a berry sweet cocktail featuring Chambord raspberry liqueur. Perfect for brunch and celebrating!
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Summer Birthday Cocktails

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Cocktail
Pineapple lovers will love this summery drink that tastes just like pineapple upside-down cake, complete with cocktail cherries!
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two glasses of margarita sangria next to a pitcher of the same
Margarita Sangria
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.
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two frozen Moscow mules in a copper and glass mugs with green and white striped paper straws and a wedge of lime on a white background with a green glass citrus squeezer and a green kitchen towel
Frozen Moscow Mule
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.
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Fall Birthday Cocktails

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Gourmet Apple Cider Bourbon Jell-O Shots are not your average Jell-O shot, and they will be the star of your holiday party. Infuse bourbon with cinnamon and combine with Martinelli’s Apple Cider, sugar and gelatin to make this festive holiday treat that’s fun for the whole (21+!) family. (via feastandwest.com)
Apple Cider Bourbon Jell-O Shots
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.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Whiskey Milkshake
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.
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an apple cider mimosa on a wooden coaster with cinnamon sticks, an apple and a pitcher of apple cider
Apple Cider Mimosa
Say cheers to friends with fall birthdays with this easy apple cider mimosa. It will be the highlight of their year!
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Winter Birthday Cocktails

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a gray mug with hot chocolate and a melted marshmallow next to a gray kitchen towel
Spiked Hot Chocolate
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.
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Espresso Martini with Baileys
This pretty coffee cocktail is made with Irish cream and espresso. The perfect dessert drink for wintertime!
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Based on the traditional Moscow Mule, the Yule Mule is a holiday cocktail featuring ginger beer and cranberry juice. Garnish it with rosemary and fresh cranberries for a cocktail that tastes just like Christmas! (via feastandwest.com)
Yule Mule
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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