King cake in cocktail form

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Pinnacle coffee king

Makes 1 drink

1 part Pinnacle King Cake vodka

1 part Kamora coffee liqueur

2 parts cream

1. Shake all ingredients with ice. Pour into double old fashioned glass.

Pinnacle apple float

Makes 1 drink

1 part Pinnacle King Cake vodka

3 parts apple cider

1. Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

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Just when we thought they couldn’t possibly come up with one more dessert-y variety of vodka, we saw a new king-cake flavor and thought, “Pour me some of that, mister!”

Made by Pinnacle — the sweet-toothed folks behind vodka flavors like cotton candy, red “liquorice,” pumpkin pie, rainbow sherbet and even Cinnabon — this one hit shelves just in time for Fat Tuesday.

King cake, of course, is the treat most closely associated with Mardi Gras. It’s often braided into a ring, baked with a tiny plastic baby inside, frosted and topped with green, purple and gold sugar sprinkles.

Pinnacle says the 70-proof king-cake vodka tastes of cinnamon cake, vanilla frosting and sugar.

The limited-edition spirit is being made available only in Texas, Louisiana and Missouri. We found it locally at select Spec’s liquor stores for about $11, along with a 60-proof king-cake-flavored vodka by Taaka.

In a recent taste test by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the tasters preferred Taaka, but one sipper, a New Orleans native, said, the Pinnacle took her back to her childhood: “It smells like if you took an old McKenzie’s king cake and sniffed the bag.”

Here are two drink recipes, provided by Pinnacle, that will make Fat Tuesday that much sweeter.

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