Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, November 2020, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 61

by Amer A. Vargas


Birthday Cake Martini by Shari’s Berries from

Greetings, dear readers!

At the International Institute of Modern Butlers we are celebrating our 17th anniversary, and this is a wonderful occasion to see how much fun we can have with our cocktail shaker.

And because the occasion deserves it, we are preparing a delicious Birthday Cake Martini to toast to the 17 wonderful years of achievements and an even brighter future.

The Birthday Cake Martini is actually really simple to prepare. These are the ingredients you will need:

For the glass rim:

  • 2 tablespoons of honey or simple syrup
  • Color sprinkles

For the concoction:

  • 2 oz./ 60 ml. of vodka
  • 3 oz./ 90 ml. of coconut cream
  • 1 oz./ 30 ml. of white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz./ 30 ml. of Amaretto
  • Ice

Start by rimming the classic Martini glass with the color sprinkles. To achieve this look, place the honey and the sprinkles in two separate shallow dishes. Dip the glass in the honey first, then into the sprinkles until the rim is evenly coated.

Next, put some ice cubes in the shaker and add all the ingredients, shaking vigorously for a few seconds so as to mix all the ingredients and achieve a frothy texture that will remain in the top layer of the cocktail.

Pour the mix into the prepared glass and feel free to finish by sprinkling some extra chocolate powder or sprinkles on the mix.

That is for the adult version but, of course, but this cocktail can also be made into a mocktail, so that you can toast with children. These are its ingredients:

  • 1½ oz./ 45 ml. of vanilla almond milk
  • 1 oz./ 30 ml. of white chocolate milk
  • 2 oz./ 60 ml of half and half or regular milk
  • 1 teaspoon of dry white cake mix
  • Ice

And as before, you would start by rimming the glass and then mixing all the ingredients in the shaker, then pouring it into the decorated glass.

As a suggestion, particularly if both versions are going to be served during a party, use different glasses for cocktails and mocktails (I suggest a hurricane glass for the mocktails, as it is very eye catching, especially for kids), to make sure young ‘uns won’t accidentally end up trying the adults’ brew.

Happy 17 and cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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