It's that time of year again when people pull out their beads and tutus for Mardi Gras. With this holiday comes the chance to sample king cake, a glorious sweet treat that comes around during Carnival season. While there are a lot of ways to enjoy this delicacy, what way is better than in cocktail form? So follow this recipe, get your go-cup, and say a quick "thanks" to those New Orleans open container laws before heading out to the parades. 

King Cake Cocktail

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:10 mins
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1 shot King Cake Taka
  • 3/4 shot Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 1 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup green gold and purple decorating sugar
  • 1 small slice king cake
  • 1 cocktail or drinking glass
  • Water depending on the size the glass
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  • Step 1

    Place your ice inside of a tumbler (or water bottle if you're on a budget) and assemble the rest of your ingredients.

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  • Step 2

    Wet your glass with the water and roll the glass in the various sugars to make a sugar rim.

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  • Step 3

    Pre-measure your various alcohols into a shot glass. After each measurement, pour the alcohol into the tumbler. Note: For a weaker cocktail, pour more Bailey's to taste. For a stronger cocktail, increase alcohol proportions as desired.

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  • Step 4

    Once all alcohols have been incorporated into the tumbler with the ice, seal the tumbler and shake until the contents are chilled. Strain the contents into the glass.

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  • Step 5

    Use a knife to make a small incision in the king cake and place the king cake slice on the rim of the glass and enjoy.

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No matter if you prefer the classic cinnamon king cakes or the more adventurous ones with fillings, everyone can get behind this boozy version of our favorite carnival treat. Hopefully my rendition of a king cake cocktail will provide you the perfect drink to enjoy on your parade route this Mardi Gras season.