Candy’s Cherry Cheesecake Martini

My last TGIF drink had quite a few ingredients — and probably required a trip to the liquor store (also known as “Candy’s Second Home in Her 20s”) — so I thought I’d keep this week’s cocktail simple for you time-pressed parents:  The Cherry Cheesecake Martini, as suggested by helpful Laughing Stork lush, er… reader, Lainey, with a couple of my own twists.  I wouldn’t say it tastes like a slice of cherry cheesecake, but somehow the mixture does leave a hint of cherry in your mouth.



This is usually a shot, so I extrapolated from the shot recipe and also checked out many bartending guide sites… because that’s the kind of serious drinking professional that I am.

2 oz. Vanilla schnapps or vanilla vodka (Schnapps is apparently preferred, but I can also vouch for the yumminess of the vodka)

1-1/2 oz. Cranberry juice (As Lainey wisely notes, Cranberry Cocktail Juice is okay, but if you use any of the Cran-mixes it throws the flavor off a bit)

1/2 oz. Cream (As usual, I used two-percent milk instead; I didn’t use this at first because the original recipe did not call for it, yielding a much sweeter drink.  Then I came across a recipe with the cream and threw it in there.  Tastier, I think.)


Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice.  Shake it like a Polaroid picture.  Strain into martini glass.  Heck, shoot some whipped cream on there if you’re feeling cra-zay!

Here’s an artsy-fartsy shot of it (pre-cream):

Ooohhh. Aaahhh.

And here’s what the Cherry Cheesecake Martini really looks like:

I wanted to get a fun shot of the drink with a dollop of whipped cream, not realizing that Mr. Candy had pretty much kicked the can.  (He makes no fewer than five trips to the fridge every night to squirt it in his mouth.  That’s my classy guy!)  So, um, when I squirted the remains of the can into the drink, it ended up looking like this…

I know.  I KNOW.  It looks like the Ron Jeremy Special now!  Ugh.

Resembling a porn set prop and all, I’m still excited to finish the drink when Mr. Candy gets home tonight.  (Figured it might be best to wait until I’ve picked up Skye from daycare.  Those uptight teachers seem to frown on parents drinking and driving to school.  LAME.)

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats who enjoy blanketing every inch of the house in kitty fur.


  1. Cowgirl in the Sand

    Mar 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Can’t wait to try this out!

  2. Mr. Candy

    Mar 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I’ll pick up some more whipped cream on my way home!

    I don’t think I could bring myself to drink the Ron Jeremy special.

    Thank you Lainey

  3. Debutante

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

    This drink sounds great – especially since i have all of the ingredients at home ! I’ll let you know how it tastes

  4. Debutante

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Hey Candy – just a thought. What if you added just a splash of maraschino cherry juice in addition to the vanilla vodka and cranberry and then the milk or cream ?

  5. Candy

    Mar 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I actually had that in the recipe at one point, Debutante, and removed it just to keep the recipe simple. (And because I didn’t have it on-hand.) I think that would be divine — definitely let us know how it is!