Here are the best birthday cocktails to make on your big day! These birthday drinks offer something to all your guests, from dessert-inspired martinis to fruity mojitos.
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Let’s say your best friend or loved one is celebrating her or his birthday.
You’ve known her or him for a long time, and you know that he or she has been there during the highs and lows of your life.
For that very reason, you always believe that this person has a special place in your heart and deserves all the love and happiness in this world today and every day.
Giving thoughtful gifts to the person who means so much to you aren’t enough.
So how about giving him or her a surprise birthday bash?
Prepare the guacamole, meat and cheese tray, salads, or any food you plan to serve.
And oh, don’t forget the birthday cake with a candle.
Bring everyone together, hide, and get ready to surprise the birthday celebrant as he or she walks in the door.
After all the singing and greetings, it’s time to feast!
But first up, you must serve delicious cocktails to help keep the conversation flowing.
Are you undecided about what to make for the special day? No worries!
Browse through these unique birthday cocktails until you land on something that’s just as extraordinary as your friend or special someone.
There’s a cocktail on this list for guests of all kinds: Margarita Floats for sorbet lovers, Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails for those who want a daily dose of sugar, and White Russian Cocktail for eggnog aficionados.
#26 is every chocolate lover’s dream!
The idea of adding a scoop of sorbet on top of this margarita cocktail-based recipe is truly exceptional; it creates a creamy, refreshing flavor burst!
Though these floats are great as a summer cocktail, you can also serve them to your birthday day party crowd.
To make, fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add other ingredients except for the sherbet.
Shake for a couple of seconds or until the mix is frothy.
Pour it in a glass with chili lime rim, add one scoop of sherbet or two, then serve.
This Boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshakes may sound complicated, but it’s made with three basic ingredients: cake vodka, ice cream, and cake mix.
Though they’re optional, you can add whipped cream, vanilla frosting, and sprinkles to the dessert cocktail to make it more festive and extraordinary.
What I love about this birthday cocktail among other birthday drinks is it’s fully customizable.
You could use vanilla vodka instead of cake vodka.
Replace the other ingredients with lemon cake mix, lime sherbert, or any mix you can come up with.
When it comes to fun birthday drink ideas, this cocktail is no exception.
Plus, it only takes a few minutes to put together.
It has the perfect combination of corn syrup, coconut flakes, pineapple juice, Blue Curacao liquor, light rum, and cream of coconut.
It tastes like a piña colada with a winter twist!
These ingredients give the cocktail that adorable wintery look, but the recipe makes an excellent choice for a birthday drink (or even a gender reveal party—it’s a boy!).
If it’s bubbly and fun champagne you seek, look no further than this cocktail recipe featuring champagne and cotton candy. Double yum!
The recipe starts with filling the glass with cotton candy.
Next, the champagne is poured over, leaving around an inch of space at the top of the glass.
Finish it off with a ball of cotton candy.
Just make sure the candy topping won’t touch the liquor inside the glass.
This Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail is delicious on its own, but garnishing the drink with more candies like gummy bears and sour straws can wow your guests even more.
This Sparkling Vanilla Macaron Cocktail is incredibly stunning and perfect for anyone who loves champagne and french macarons.
Apart from the two ingredients mentioned, the recipe is also made with a splash of almond syrup, vanilla vodka, and fresh lemon juice.
The syrup takes on the flavor profile of the macaron shell while the creamy vanilla vodka serves as the filling and the champagne offsets the sweetness.
Simple yet chic, every sip transports you to your favorite french patisserie!
Go crazy decorating each glass with extra vanilla french macarons.
“Frozen” isn’t just for kids!
Adult fans of one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, Frozen, will love this
3-ingredient vibrant cocktail. So economical!
Satisfy your birthday guests with its wonderful display of radiant blue color and delicious taste from Creme de Cacao, Blue Curacao Liqueur, and vodka.
To put sugar on the glass, use a little amount of blue curacao around the rim and dip it into sugar.
Just ensure to shake the drink in a cocktail shaker with ice so it’s nice and cold.
Serve over ice or as a martini.
These Chocolate Chip Shooters will become a crowd favorite, for sure!
It’s incredibly festive and tasty enough, especially when you dip the shot glass into the corn syrup and then the cookie crumb.
The recipe can be easily multiplied for birthday parties.
Plus, it’s possible to make it a couple of hours before your party starts.
All you need to do is simply rim the glasses with the crumbs and let them hang out until you’re ready to pour the shots.
When you’re planning to have a Disney-themed party, remember to serve this Mickey Mouse Cocktail.
Oh, boy! (bold) This is sure to get the conversation going!
The recipe calls for cherry vodka, passion fruit rum, sprite, pina colada mix, grenadine, sugar, and simple syrup!
Also, making this drink requires a few pouring and mixing.
The beauty of this cocktail is that it has the quality that can brighten up your special day—entertaining, colorful, and yummy!
For a birthday celebrant who loves butterscotch schnapps and coffee liqueur, this cocktail is for you.
It’s creamy and indulgent.
And the best part is this drink is surprisingly easy to prepare!
Start with dipping the top edge of the glass into the butterscotch sauce and the salt.
Then drizzle some sauce around the inside wall of the glass then put the ice.
Pour the other ingredients then mix, mix, mix.
Finish it off with a pinch of ground nutmeg for more flavor.
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What’s interesting about this cocktail drink is its versatile ingredients; you simply need chocolate liqueur and cake-flavored vodka to make it.
This easy recipe calls for Godiva Original and Pinnacle Vodka, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
For the toppings, be creative.
Decorate each glass with whipped cream, cake frosting, sprinkles, or cake crumbs—though all of them are optional.
When it comes to adult birthday party drinks, you can’t go wrong with this Strawberry Rose Lychee Mojito.
Perfect for entertaining, this cocktail is ideal for anything from a birthday party to a summer gathering with friends.
The sweet and floral note from canned lychees adds an exotic take to this cocktail featuring fresh strawberries and rose water.
Keep in mind that the recipe only requires a few drops of rose water to lift the floral notes of the tropical fruit.
Meanwhile, the strawberries offer a gorgeous pink hue and delicious bites of fruit at the bottom of the glass.
Here’s the cocktail you need for your birthday celebration with confetti and sprinkles theme: Birthday Cake Martini.
This festive cocktail stars whipped vodka and amaretto, and the white chocolate liqueur, and half and half, suit each other perfectly.
Coat the glass rim in sprinkles and you get a hint of pleasant sweetness in each sip.
Snappy tip: To ensure your sprinkles stick onto the glass, rim it in honey first then the confections.
Next up in our birthday cocktails: Chocolate Cupcake Cocktails!
Everyone loves a chocolate cocktail and this recipe is even more fun—the sprinkle rim, the chocolate swirl, and the combination of flavors.
It combines whipped cream vodka, amaretto, chocolate cream liquor to create an exciting mix along with vanilla frosting, rainbow jimmies, and chocolate syrup.
The best birthday alcoholic drinks are simple perfection and there’s nothing better than this 3-ingredient cocktail packed with frosting and sprinkles.
The cocktail tastes wonderfully festive with just the right interplay of white chocolate liqueur, whipped vodka, and Frangelico.
To make, start by rimming the shot glasses in frosting and then dipping them into the sprinkles.
Add equal parts of all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Mix, serve, and raise the glasses in a toast to the birthday boy or girl!
Here’s another birthday cocktail that’s perfect for easy entertaining: the Pink Starburst Cocktail.
It pairs strawberry, kiwi, and orange juice in a bubbly mix that looks perfectly cozy nestled in a cooler glass.
This cocktail features vibrant pink color, thanks to the addition of red food coloring into the mixture.
Serve it with pink Starburst candies on its side.
Or add the candies to a skewer and place it on top of the glass for a beautiful presentation.
This vibrant Rock Candy Cocktail is one of our top fun birthday drinks to serve.
The recipe pairs vodka, soda water, pop rocks, and rock candy sticks, in a symphony of color and flavor.
Not only does it call for basic ingredients, but the mixed drink also takes a few minutes to prepare.
For substitutions, replace pop rocks with colored sanding sugar or if you aren’t a fan of a vodka soda, any clear liquor should work fine.
This tasty dessert-inspired martini is creamy and tastes like cheesecake with a little hint from the fresh raspberry garnish and graham cracker on the finish.
All you need are a few ingredients and you might already have them on hand.
Simply mix them all in a cocktail shaker, slowly strain into the glass, then sip!
What’s more festive than sipping a delicious cocktail made with pink champagne and raspberry sorbet?
The combination of frozen treats and fresh raspberry garnishes enhances the flavor of the pink champagne.
It’s so classy and bubbly—perfect for bridal showers, anniversaries, birthday parties, or any girl’s day occasion.
Eat the sorbet with a spoon or let it melt when you sip—either way, it tastes incredible!
For a non-alcoholic version, use a sparkling pink cider or just regular sparkling cider instead of pink champagne.
Need a great cocktail recipe for birthdays? Try this Frozen Fruity Birthday Cocktail!
The flavor is fruity and super delicious with a little added spark of lemon-lime soda.
Dip the rim of the glasses into the vanilla frosting and in sprinkles or omit them to make the drink plain, if you like.
What’s the best way to celebrate your birthday?
With this Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cupcake Shot, of course.
It features vanilla vodka, vanilla ice cream, caramel syrup, cupcakes, milk, and sprinkles, competing for all the sweetness of a real cupcake.
Remember to top each glass with whipped cream and more caramel syrup for another layer of flavor.
This Bailey’s Red Velvet Shot is purposely made for Valentine’s Day, but I see a cocktail gem fit for birthday celebrations too!
The main ingredient in this recipe is Bailey’s Red Velvet, a liqueur that is deliciously blended with vodka, whipped cream, and red sugar.
To change the flavor of this shot, try a different variety of Bailey’s like strawberries and cream or chocolate cherry.
Or replace the red sugar with gold sprinkles, strawberries slices, or how about chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream? Why not!
Choosing drinks for a birthday party is sometimes troublesome.
If you want to get started, why not make this Strawberry Shortcake Mimosa?
It features three ingredients: strawberry ice cream, champagne, and the highlight—vanilla vodka.
Adding flavored vodka into the mix adds a little sweetness.
You’ll love how the strawberry ice cream fuses wonderfully with the distinctive taste of champagne.
Serve this mimosa as a single cocktail or as a punch.
This Dirty Banana Cocktail is full of boozy notes without sacrificing the flavor.
It’s loaded with rum, banana, coffee, and chocolate flavors!
And since the recipe is so simple, you don’t need to be a cocktail expert to create the drink.
Toss all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Prepare the glass with a chocolate swirl and pour in the blended drink.
Then finish it off with some whipped cream and fresh cherry on top!
24. Shark Bite Drink
Vodka joins punch Gatorade and Sprite soda pop in this brilliantly refreshing drink adorned with shark-shaped gummies.
Perfect for the summer or birthday parties, the Shark Bite Cocktail is one of the simplest drinks you can mix up.
All you need to do is fill the glass with ice and gummies, top them with the liquids, and that’s it!
25. Dirty Snowman
This Dirty Snowman recipe is a cocktail in a dessert!
Everything is made with rich hot chocolate, ice cream, and liqueurs such as Kahlua, creme de cacao, or Bailey’s.
But the drink won’t be complete with the chocolate syrup coated rim and fluffy whipped cream topping.
Oh my—where’s the straw?!
For chocolate lovers, swap out the vanilla ice cream for chocolate ice cream for an extra chocolate indulgence.
Meet your new favorite birthday cocktail, the Chocolate Martini.
An incredible drink of chocolate liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, vodka, and chocolate syrup!
The drink is surprisingly stunning to look at, and the chocolate flavor is top-notch.
Take it up a notch by garnishing it with chocolate shavings.
Pro tip: It’s best to chill the glasses for a couple of minutes as this helps set the syrup, making the lines (or chocolate swirl) won’t run too much.
When you don’t want to waste any time on your big day, creating this Eggnog White Russian Cocktail is a great option.
If you thought that this drink is difficult based on its appearance, think twice!
It’s one of the easiest cocktail recipes on this list since it only requires just two ingredients and a few steps to make.
Fill your glass with ice, add the two liqueurs, top it off with eggnog, give it a good stir, and then pat yourself at the back.
The bottom line
Hope this compilation helps!
Whatever birthday cocktail you plan to make—fruity, sweet, creamy, or a bit creamy and chocolatey—we’ve gathered here the very best recipes that are guaranteed to impress your favorite person or the party guests.
Some of these birthday cocktail recipes won’t cost you a fortune, take Boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshake and Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail for example.
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- Margarita Floats
- Boozy Funfetti Birthday Cake Milkshake
- Jack Frost Winter Cocktail
- Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails
- Sparkling Vanilla Macaron Cocktail
- Frozen Inspired Cocktail
- Chocolate Chip Shooters
- Mickey Mouse Cocktail
- Kahlua White Russian
- Chocolate Cake Shot
- Strawberry Rose Lychee Mojito
- Birthday Cake Martini
- Chocolate Cupcake Cocktail
- Birthday Cake Shot
- Pink Starburst Cocktail
- Rock Candy Cocktail
- Raspberry Cheesecake Martini
- Raspberry Sorbet Pink Champagne Floats
- Frozen Fruity Birthday Cocktail
- Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cupcake Shot
- Bailey’s Red Velvet Shot
- Strawberry Shortcake Mimosa
- Dirty Banana Drink
- Shark Bite Drink
- Dirty Snowman
- Chocolate Martini
- Eggnog White Russian Cocktail
- Choose one or more options from our list of Birthday Cocktails here!
- Create your new favorite mixed drink.
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