The Friday Tipple: Birthday Cake Shot


Happy birthday, Boozers! Well, maybe it’s not your birthday yet, but we have a birthday here at Good Booze this weekend, so we’re taking the opportunity to start early. We are often asked by our loyal Boozers what our most popular recipe is and the Birthday Cake Shot is far and away the most-trolled item on our site. And why not? You may enjoy a little special libation on your own birthday, and we couldn’t agree more. The Birthday Cake Shooter is a bit of a legend, as it’s purported to taste like a birthday cake — so we had to track it down and see what all the fuss was about.

The basic recipe calls for either citrus or vanilla vodka, paired with Frangelico and a sugar-coated lemon slice on the side. However, with apologies to Frangelico, we find it a bit too sweet, so we went for Nocello instead — an Italian walnut liqueur that is slightly more subtle. And, while there are plenty of vanilla vodkas on the market, it’s a breeze to infuse your own, and, because it’s our birthday, we wanted a really good vodka, not just some run-of-the-mill variety, so we infused a tasty Boyd & Blair Vodka.

This year, for a bit of a twist, we decided to try another version of the shot by replacing the vanilla vodka with Don Ciccio & Figli limoncello — a personal favorite — and found that this combination is also a winner. Not only that, it makes us feel somehow Italian and impossibly cool, which is exactly how you want to feel on your birthday. Buon Compleanno!

Birthday Cake Shot

While we’re not quite sure that the Birthday Cake Shot tastes exactly like a slice of birthday cake, it is certainly a tasty little morsel that may help distract you from your advancing age. Just don’t forget to blow out the candle first. 

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka (instructions below) or Limoncello

1 ounce Nocello liqueur

1 lemon slice, coated in sugar

Shake vodka or limoncello and Nocello in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass, with the lemon on the side. Shoot down the Birthday Cake, then suck on the lemon. Yum.

How to infuse vodka with vanilla:

It’s embarrassingly easy. Put a cup of vodka in a mason jar. Add a vanilla bean that has been split down the center. Let sit in a cool dark place for a few days, remove the vanilla bean, and enjoy.

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  1. Thanks so much for mentioning that the Nocello was WALNUT based, for those who are allergic!!! I would have never heard of it and would have NEVER thought to check!!!

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