What’s Christmas without something to sip on? I love changing out my cocktails to something festive and this Gingerbread Martini always hits the spot. It’s creamy and full of seasonal spice. Taste notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg that’s blended with vodka and cream.
Shake up with martini to celebrate Christmas. It’s the perfect holiday cocktail for parties, movie nights and as an after dinner dessert drink!
Changing out cocktails for the season is always a must for me. My fall cocktails heavily use cider, but when it’s Christmas season, it’s nice to change to a drink that’s more wintery. Since I love gingerbread cookies so much, I knew making it into a cocktail would be a tasty treat.
Just like the cookies we all love, this martini is full of flavor. You can really taste the spice notes. Hints of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg are balanced out with the cream. I use vodka in my version, but I have a couple of other ways to make this Gingerbread Martini if you feel like playing with the flavors.
Whether you’re making it for yourself to sip on or you’re throwing a party, it’s sure to a big hit during the Christmas season!
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How To Make A Gingerbread Martini Cocktail
Every home bar needs a bartender kit. This has everything you’ll need to produce fabulous cocktails without stress. If you don’t have a bartender kit, you’ll need a cocktail shaker and martini glasses (if nothing else) to make these Gingerbread martinis.
When To Make Gingerbread Martinis
Once you make the classic gingerbread syrup, keep it in the refrigerator to use any time. It’s also the same syrup I use to make my Gingerbread Lattes, so you’ll have two reasons to make it!
My favorite way to enjoy these martinis is after Christmas dinner, as a dessert cocktail. They’re so delicious and sweet. Shake up the martinis for a Christmas movie night, double or triple the recipe for parties or serve the martinis at a gift exchange (or cookie) party.
How To Make Gingerbread Martinis For Parties
To make multiple batches of these martinis, you can double or trip the recipe using the same cocktail shaker. I like to prep my gingerbread syrup ahead of time, so you are saving time. Have cocktail glasses that are already rimmed and in the fridge, ready to go. It’s so nice when the glasses are chilled!
Do You Need To Use Top-Shelf Vodka For A Gingerbread Martini?
I use Grey Goose vodka in all of my martinis, but you don’t have to use top-shelf if you don’t have it. The cream makes it a rich cocktail. That helps to disguise vodkas that aren’t top-shelf. Vodka tastes better with this martini recipe, but gin can be used in a pinch.
Here’s where it gets fun and you can add some creative touches of your own! There are some simple recipe variations that can easily change the flavor of your gingerbread martini. Make a batch of the martinis and then change out a few of the pours for these variations:
- Chocolate Gingerbread Martini: Make as directed, but swirl chocolate syrup around the martini class before pouring. Add chocolate shavings on the cocktail rim, if desired.
- Gingerbread Cheesecake Martini: Substitute regular vodka for cake vodka and add a graham cracker cocktail rim with light corn syrup.
Not ready to make your own homemade gingerbread syrup? That’s ok! Cheat your way to the same great tasting martini with store-bought Torani Gingerbread Syrup. Follow the directions to make the cocktail, but use the store-bought version.
What You’ll Need To Make Gingerbread Martinis:
- Light Brown Sugar
- Ground Ginger
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Nutmeg
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Ice (for shaking)
- Graham Crackers (for cocktail rim)
Step-By-Step Directions To Make A Gingerbread Martini
In a small bowl, combine the molasses, brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon. For each serving, places two teaspoons molasses mixture in the cocktail shaker. Add 1 oz of vodka, 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and ice. Shake well.
To rim your martini cocktail glass, lightly dip the edge of your martini glass into the gingerbread syrup and roll in crush graham cracker.
Pour the cocktail into the prepared glasses, if desired. Serve immediately.
- 1/2 Cup Molasses
- 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 3/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- Pinch of Ground Nutmeg
- 1 oz Vodka
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- * Ice (for shaking)
- * Graham Crackers (for cocktail rim)
1. In a small bowl, combine the molasses, brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon.
2. For each drink, place two teaspoons molasses mixture in the cocktail shaker. Add 1 oz of vodka, 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and ice. Shake well.
3. To rim your cocktail glass, lightly dip the edge of your martini glass into the gingerbread syrup and roll in crush graham cracker.
4. Pour the cocktail into the prepared glasses, if desired. Serve immediately. Keep extra gingerbread syrup in the fridge to make more (or try a Gingerbread Latte).
Prep the martini glasses ahead of time, for a party, and keep them chilled in the fridge. Double or triple the recipe, per shaker, for parties.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 42gProtein: 5g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.