Creme Brulee Martini

Creme Brulee Martini

Bruno Jamais, NYC

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Quite the alluring cocktail, the crème brûlée martini transforms a favorite dessert into a fantastic beverage. It's a cocktail that can easily replace crème brûlée at the dinner table, offering a decadent vanilla custard taste that is sure to impress anyone.

Originally the brainchild of New York City-based mixologist Benjamin Maury. It uses vanilla vodka as the base, which is perfect against the creamy custard and accented beautifully with a hard caramel garnish.

To pull it off, you will need to make crème anglaise. It's a simple vanilla custard sauce made of egg yolks, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Follow Maury's suggestion and add 1 tablespoon of port wine to that recipe.

Worth the effort, this is one dessert cocktail that you'll want to perfect ahead of time. With a little practice, you'll be ready to mix up a round anytime you want to put a "wow" factor into a dinner party.


  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka (Stoli Vanil)
  • 3/4 ounce crème anglaise (with 1 tablespoon of port wine)
  • Dash simple syrup
  • Garnish: hard caramel strings

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the vodka, crème anglaise, and simple syrup.

  3. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

  4. Decorate with hard caramel.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

The Caramel Garnish

A fun project for the kitchen, making a swirling string of hard caramel is not very difficult, though there are some tricks to it. You can use a basic caramel recipe and can create them in any shape you desire. The ultimate goal is to ensure it rests on top of your cocktail glass, so a wide diameter is key. You might want to have a glass nearby for reference.

To make the caramel, combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly so the sugar doesn't burn. The mix should start to turn brown within 5 to 8 minutes and you want to remove it from the heat as soon as it's amber-colored.

The second step is the fun part! Dunk the saucepan in a bowl of ice water right away to stop the caramel from cooking further. Once the pan stops sizzling, remove it from the water and stir the caramel. Using a spoon, drizzle the caramel in the desired web-like shape onto a baking sheet that's very well coated with cooking spray. Let the caramel harden (about 15 minutes), then remove the candy.

This may take a little practice and works best if the caramel strings are about 1/4-inch thick. You can use it to decorate desserts and other goodies as well.

Recipe Variation

As an alternative garnish, dust the top of the cocktail with powdered sugar and add a few fresh berries, in crème brûlée fashion. A sprinkle of ground nutmeg or cinnamon would be nice as well and either can be blended with the powdered sugar.

How Strong Is a Crème Brulee Martini?

Like most martinis, this cocktail may be utterly delicious but it's not light on the alcohol. That's okay because it's so rich that you'll probably only want one (alright, maybe two). On average, it should mix up to 21 percent ABV (42 proof) or so, which is half the strength of a vodka shot.