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9 Cocktails Made with Vanilla Extract

These cocktails are anything but boring. Get the most out of your extract by whipping up tasty vanilla cocktails.

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Chilean Monkey Tail PunchTaste of Home

Chilean Monkey Tail Punch

This delectable vanilla cocktail is typically served during the holidays in Chile, but cola de mono or Monkey Tail Punch is so tasty, no one would blame you for making them year-round. For an authentic version, pick up a bottle of pisco, a South American grape brandy.

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Blood Orange Vanilla MartiniCourtesy A Classic Twist

Blood Orange Vanilla Martini

If you love a little post-work cocktail to help you unwind at the end of the day, look no further than this gorgeous Blood Orange Vanilla Martini from A Classic Twist. With a beautiful balance between sweet and tart, it’s a tremendous way to get more blood orange in your life.

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Hazelnut Vanilla Old-Fashionedcourtesy Nielson-Massey

Hazelnut Vanilla Old-Fashioned

A splash of vanilla extract in your Old-Fashioned is a clever way to put a new twist on a classic cocktail. Nielsen-Massey’s Hazelnut Old-Fashioned is pure genius. And it’s a killer combo—bourbon has plenty of vanilla notes, which is one of the reasons this brown spirit is so good to cook with.

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Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail

Kitchen Treaty’s Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail is ideal for cozy evenings by the fire. Rich and creamy, it’s the grown-up version of a cinnamon-spiked glass of warm milk before bed—an absolute must when the temperatures dip.

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Brut-ally Smooth Champagne Cocktail

Nielsen-Massey’s take on the Champagne Cocktail is a definite winner in our books. It’s a simple yet utterly delectable way to jazz things up the next time you raise a glass of bubbly. Need help picking a bottle of bubbly for this tipple? Check out our top champagnes under $20.

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Vanilla Rum White Russian

We all love a sweet treat at the end of a meal, but if you don’t have room for that chocolate cake, why not drink your dessert instead? Enter the White Russian. Simmer + Sauce takes the White Russian to the next level by swapping vodka for rum and adding a touch of vanilla extract. It’s a truly delicious cocktail that anyone can make.

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White chocolate Brandy AlexanderTaste of Home

White Chocolate Brandy Alexander

Keeping with the dessert theme, skip the sundae and opt for a Brandy Alexander. It’s ultra-luxe decadent goodness in a glass. We absolutely love this white chocolate version, especially with an extra helping of whipped cream. Can’t get enough vanilla in your life? These are our best recipes using vanilla extract.

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Raspberry BelliniTaste of Home

Raspberry Bellini

Weekend brunch isn’t complete without Bellinis, and this Raspberry Bellini has it all. If you’re in the mood for something more sweet/less tart, pick up a bottle of extra dry prosecco. To make things extra fancy, craft your own vanilla extract at home.

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Vanilla Paloma

If you’ve never made a Paloma, you’re long overdue. It’s a fantastic zesty cocktail ideal for pre-batching come picnic and BBQ season—really any time you have company. Nielsen Massey’s Vanilla Paloma tames some of that vibrant citrusy character to make a wonderfully smooth tipple. They recommend Mexican vanilla extract in this recipe, and if you want to learn more about the different types of vanilla, check out our guide.

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.