There comes a time in every life in which a celebratory cocktail is called for. This margarita, my friends, fits the bill. In honor of my firstborn daughter’s 21st birthday, I’m sharing a very special celebratory cocktail that you are definitely going to want to make the next time someone you love adds another candle to the birthday cake.

Sometimes you just need a celebratory cocktail, right? This birthday cake margarita is the perfect fun drink for parties. Who knew birthday cake and tequila were such a perfect pair?!

All you have to do is look at it to see that it is indeed a celebratory margarita. It’s not called a birthday cake margarita for nothing; it’s actually made using a boxed cake mix. In spite of that, though, our birthday cake margarita is not too sweet, though it does allow a cake-y flavor to take center stage. Because I’m the type of girl who appreciates a stiff drink, this recipe does make a strong margarita. If you’d like to take yours down a step or two, simply use more simple syrup and lime and less tequila. Rimmed with powdered sugar icing and sprinkles, you can bet this is the most fun and festivity one can drink from a cup.

This celebratory cocktail looks and tastes like a birthday cake margarita in cup!

Imagine being served this drink at your next party or night out. The drink itself boasts a beautiful vanilla cake color and then the sprinkles take things over the top not only by adding a bright pop of color, but they’re functional, too. With each sip, those colorful sprinkles seal the birthday cake flavor in the drink.

This celebratory cocktail looks and tastes like a birthday cake margarita in cup!

You want to know the best part? You don’t need any crazy liqueurs to whip this baby up. Besides your typical margarita ingredients (think lime juice and simple syrup), the only additional ingredient you’ll need is a boxed cake mix. Do yourself–or a friend–a favor and try this margarita, STAT!

This celebratory cocktail looks and tastes like a birthday cake margarita in cup!

Cheers, friends. Be sure to celebrate responsibly! ;)

Birthday Cake Margaritas | The Ultimate Celebratory Cocktail

Birthday Cake Margaritas

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


For the margarita:

  • 3 oz. Cointreau
  • 6 oz. Freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 8 oz. Birthday cake simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 8 oz. Tequila

For the birthday cake simple syrup:

  • 4 oz. Water
  • 6 tablespoons Boxed cake mix (yellow works best)
  • 2 oz. Sugar

For the sprinkle rim:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sprinkles


To make the birthday cake simple syrup:

  1. Combine water, sugar and cake mix in a small saucepan and whisk gently to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir continually until sugar and cake mix dissolve. Mixture will thicken and the cake mix will sort of rise to the top. It's fine. Once sugar and cake mix are dissolved, turn off heat and set syrup aside to cool.

To make margarita:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Shake vigorously to mix.

To rim cups:

  1. Combine powdered sugar, one teaspoon milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk thoroughly until no lumps remain. Add additional milk as needed. Glaze should be thick--like the consistency of glue.
  2. Pour sprinkles into a small bowl.
  3. Invert serving glasses into glaze, one at a time. Quickly, before the glaze sets, invert glazed serving glass into sprinkles. Place rimmed glass in the freezer while you rim the remaining glasses.

To serve:

  1. Fill 4 glasses with desired amount of ice.
  2. Pour margarita over ice.
  3. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 6 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250

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