Red Velvet Cocktail

This Red Velvet Cocktail makes the perfect drink for your romantic Valentine’s Day. Sweet and creamy, it’s a lovely accompaniment to any classic Valentine’s Day treat like chocolate-covered strawberries or chocolates.

Two glasses of red velvet cocktail on table

We’ve made all kinds of cocktails over the years, and our favorite ones are always holiday-themed. They’re so much fun because you can make drinks that perfectly match that special day. One of our favorite Valentine’s Day cocktails is this red velvet cocktail. It’s so pretty, so good, and so romantic. It’s the trifecta of Valentine’s Day cocktails!

Red Velvet Cocktail

This cocktail is so good, but even better, it’s so easy! We love this one because it only takes about 5 minutes to make, so you can make them fresh for your partner whenever you like. The white chocolate liqueur combined with the grenadine and milk makes the perfect creamy, colorful base for the shot of vodka that gives this drink its kick.

We know we’ve been talking about how great these are for a romantic evening, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention that these are great for a Valentine’s Day party, as well. Their color and flavor add a kick of fun to any gathering for the holiday.

Closeup shot of red velvet cocktail

Red Velvet Cocktail Recipe

This recipe for red velvet cocktail sort of just happened for us. We were making red velvet cake pops and cupcakes and had a few extra crumbs along with the cream cheese frosting. Then we also had plans to make a pretty drink for Valentine’s Day because well who doesn’t like pretty?! We knew the drink would be pink or red and had the idea to rim the glass with the red velvet crumbs.

The drink turned out a perfect pink and the crumbs and cream cheese frosting were amazingly delicious! We had friends coming over and didn’t have enough red velvet crumbs though so I broke out the red sprinkles. They worked great too. You can really use anything to rim your glass. Use a pink sprinkle or a multicolor one.

We will be making this drink all the time since it’s so delicious not just for Valentine’s Day! So maybe sometimes no sprinkles will be ok too. But knowing me there will always be a sprinkle of some color.

We really feel that if a cocktail can be rimmed with a sprinkle it really should be. Not only will it make it more delicious but pretty too. It only takes a few seconds to rim your glass with the cream cheese frosting then place it in the sprinkles or cake crumbs. So worth doing!

Cocktail ingredients on table


It only takes four ingredients to make this colorful, delicious cocktail. It’s an incredibly simple recipe, and you’ll easily find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store if it has an alcohol section.

  • White chocolate liqueur
  • Vodka
  • Grenadine
  • Milk
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • Red sprinkles or red velvet cake crumbles

**See the recipe card at the end of the post for quantities.

Red Velvet Cocktail Instructions

It only takes four simple steps to make this cocktail. It doesn’t get much easier than that! You don’t even need any special tools outside of a cocktail shaker.

Step 1: Rim the Glass

Rim the glass with storebought cream cheese frosting and coat it with red sprinkles or red velvet cake crumbles.

Step 2: Add Ice

Add the ice to your cocktail shaker.

Step 3: Add the Remaining Ingredients

Add all of the remaining ingredients to the shaker and shake well.

Grenadine being poured into shaker

Step 4: Pour and Enjoy

Once the cocktail is mixed, pour it through a strainer into a glass and enjoy.

Hint: The easiest way to rim your glass is to spread a thin layer of cream cheese frosting on a shallow dish or bowl and then dip the glass rim directly into it.



Store them in your belly! Seriously, these cocktails are so easy to make, there’s no need to prepare them in advance. Also, because this has milk in it, you don’t really want to have leftovers.


This is such an easy recipe, there’s really not much to offer in the way of tips. It’s impossible to ruin it as long as you follow the measurements listed in this recipe, you’ll be just fine. We do have one tip that will make your life easier.

Easily Rim Your Glass: To easily rim your glass with frosting and sprinkles or cake crumbles, place a layer of each into individual shallow bowls. Then, dip your glass rim directly into the cream cheese frosting first and then into the sprinkles or cake crumbles.

More Red Velvet Recipes

If you love the flavor of red velvet, we have some recipes that we think you’ll enjoy.

Mini Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls


If you have questions about this red velvet cocktail, then we have answers. The following FAQ answers all the most common questions about this cocktail.

What is a red velvet cocktail?
This cocktail is a sweet cocktail with a milk base that’s designed to taste a bit like cake.

How strong is this cocktail?
It’s not incredibly strong, but it’s not weak, either. If you sip these, you should be fine, but if you power them down, you’ll get drunk just as you would with any alcoholic beverage.

Do I have to rim the glass?
If you have trouble rimming glasses, just skip that step. It’s for looks rather than flavor.

Two glasses of red velvet cocktial with cupcakes in background

Try This Red Velvet Cocktail for Your Valentine’s Day

This red velvet cocktail is the perfect adult beverage for Valentine’s Day. Its red color is so pretty, and the flavors are the perfect accompaniment to almost any classic Valentine’s Day treat. In addition, it only takes 5 minutes to make! With a combo like that, we know you’ll love this one.


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Red Velvet Cocktail

This Red Velvet Cocktail makes the perfect drink for your romantic Valentine's Day. Sweet and creamy, it's a lovely accompaniment to any classic Valentine's Day treat like chocolate-covered strawberries or chocolates.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Author: Rob


  • ¼ cup White chocolate liqueur
  • 1½ oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Grenadine
  • ½ cup Milk
  • store bought cream cheese frosting for rimming your glass
  • red velvet cake crumbles or red sprinkles for rim of glass


  • Rim the glass with store bought cream cheese frosting and coat it with red sprinkles or red velvet cake crumbles.
  • Add ice into a cocktail shaker.
  • Add in all of the ingredients into the shaker and shake well.
  • Once mixed, pour the contents of the shaker into a glass.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Hint: The easiest way to rim your glass is to spread a thin layer of cream cheese frosting on a shallow dish or bowl and then dip the glass rim directly into it.

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