Caramel Martini Cocktail


This simple cocktail recipe offers the same salty-sweet taste of the candy, which is a brilliant contrast from the average dessert drink.

With most cocktails, the garnish is optional, but here it completes the experience. The rim is adorned with caramel syrup and just enough salt to make each sip interesting. Avoid salting the rim as heavily as you would a margarita—just a touch will do. You can also drizzle caramel into the glass and add a soft caramel candy to the rim for an even more indulgent experience.

When that foundation is nice and frozen, you’ll add the drink. It’s an easy mix of vanilla vodka, caramel syrup, and Irish cream. While it may seem like a lot of syrup, some of that will be lost while measuring it out, so the drink ends up perfectly balanced.

Caramel Martini Cocktail

Caramel Martini Cocktail

  • Author: Maki Hojo
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Easy



  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka (vanilla)
  • 1 ounce caramel syrup (plus more for rim)
  • 2 ounces Irish cream
  • Garnish: salt (kosher or sea, for rim)
  • Garnish: soft caramel candy


  1. To rim the cocktail glass, begin by rolling the rim in a shallow dish of caramel syrup. Roll the glass in a dish of salt, coating it lightly all the way around.
  2. If you want to drizzle caramel inside the glass, hold it upright over the sink to catch any caramel drips. Lightly drizzle caramel webbing inside the glass. Immediately place the glass in the freezer so the caramel sets up while you mix the drink.
  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, caramel syrup, and Irish cream. Shake well!
  4. Remove the glass from the freezer and strain the drink into it. Garnish with a caramel candy.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


The rim and caramel drizzle can be done in advance; a minimum of 10 to 20 minutes is perfect. The colder the caramel is, the longer it will stay frozen while you’re drinking the martini.

Unflavored vodka works just as well as vanilla vodka.

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