Christmas Cocktail with Vanilla Vodka

Delicious Christmas cocktail with vanilla vodka, pineapple schnapps, and tropical fruit juice combine for a signature party drink I like to call a “Golden Tinsel.” Make it for a gold themed cocktail party or holiday girls night in.

gold colored cocktails in martini glasses

Christmas cocktail with vanilla vodka

I’m sharing a fabulous Christmas drink for adults and it’s a terrific blend of tropical fruit flavors and vanilla. Thanks to DeKuyper tropical pineapple liqueur, this party cocktail has a golden color. I decided to call it a Golden Tinsel cocktail.

There are plenty of red, white, even green tinted cocktails to choose from for the holidays. But for several years gold has been such a hot trend that I thought it would look great in cocktail form too!

I made these martinis in a cocktail shaker and garnished with frozen cranberries. They add a traditional touch and help keep it chilled at the same time.

These would make a terrific signature cocktail for a Christmas cocktail party or New Years Eve party. The gold color goes with so many celebrations!

gold colored cocktail with cranberry garnish

PARTY TIP: Rim the edges of the glasses with fine sugar. Just dip in lemon juice first to help the sugar adhere.

What to eat with this signature drink

Ingredients & substitutions

The combination of ingredients as listed makes this a sweet delicious cocktail. However there are some ways you can change it slightly to fit your needs.

  • Vanilla vodka. The vanilla flavor adds depth but you can use regular flavored vodka instead. It will have a bit less flavor but still tasty!
  • Pineapple schnapps. I use DeKuyper Tropical Pineapple liqueur and it adds fantastic tropical flavor and nuance.
  • Mango juice. I use Welch’s brand Mango Passion Fruit Juice for this but you can substitute with another fruit juice like orange, peach, or tropical blend.
  • Sparkling mineral water. Sparkling water has become a staple for me, in cocktails. You can add a splash or an ounce or two to give any drink a refreshing fizz. Use Pellegrino or Perrier, or for added sweetness you can use a splash of Sprite instead of the sparkling water.
Christmas cocktails in front of lighted tree

Signature drink for parties

‘Tis the season for great cocktails! Set your Christmas party apart with the perfect vodka cocktail with tropical fruity flavors.

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Christmas Cocktail with Vodka

Yield: 2 drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The combination of tropical fruit and vanilla blend together for a delicious and festive signature drink for a Christmas party.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Vanilla flavored Vodka (or regular)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Tropical Pineapple schnapps (I use DeKuyper brand)
  • 4 ounces Mango Passion Fruit juice (I used Welch's brand)
  • 1 ounce sparkling mineral water like Pellegrino or Perrier


  1. Add ice, vodka, pineapple liqueur, and juice to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Strain into 2 martini glasses.
  3. Top each cocktail with a splash {1/2 oz} of sparkling water and serve

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