Gingerbread Martini

 Creamy, spiced and not overly sweet, this Gingerbread Martini tastes just like eating a gingerbread cookie. The secret to this Christmas Cocktail being so luxurious is the homemade gingerbread syrup. Such an easy way to bring in a festive spirit.

Two servings of Gingerbread Martini Recipe in martini glasses.

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A Christmas Martini with brown sugar on the rim.

If you are a Gingerbread lover, you will fall head over heals in love with this Gingerbread Martini. 

The homemade Gingerbread Syrup uses the same spices as gingerbread and is what makes this cocktail so irresistible. 

This festive holiday drink is a wonderful while decorating the Christmas tree or for a cocktail party served alongside a Charcuterie Board, Homemade Bruschetta, Rum Balls and Snowball Cookies

Two poured Christmas Cocktails in martini glass with Christmas ornaments sitting around the glasses.
Up close overhead photo of a Gingerbread Martini Cocktail.

Steps To Making Gingerbread Martini

  1. Start by making the Gingerbread syrup at least 4 hours before making the martinis. This will give the syrup plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Place vodka and Kahlua in freezer. By doing this, it will make the martinis extra frosty. Don’t worry, the alcohol content will prevent them from freezing. (Note: Martini glasses may also be chilled.)
  3. Once the ingredients are chilled, place honey and brown sugar onto 2 separate plates or wide bottomed bowls. Dip the rim of the glasses into the honey and then the brown sugar. 
  4. Combine the martini ingredients and mix well. 
  5. Serve immediately. 

Gingerbread Syrup

The Secret to luxurious Gingerbread Martinis is the homemade simple syrup.  It is because of this syrup that this Christmas Cocktail tastes just like eating Gingerbread Cake (or this super popular Irish version). To Make the simple syrup simply combine the ingredients into a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring consistently until the sugar is melted. Make the syrup at least 4 hours before serving so that it has enough time to chill in the refrigerator. Here are my favorite ingredients for making Gingerbread Syrup:

Tools Needed For Gingerbread Martini

The beauty of making these Gingerbread Martinis, you don’t need fancy equipment. They can be mixed easily in a glass measuring cup and may be served in any glasses that you have available. However, for an extra fancy approach this shaker, these glasses and this container (for the Gingerbread syrup) makes the occasion extra festive. 

The Christmas Joy link photo with blurred Christmas tree and writing overlay.
Two Gingerbread Martinis sitting on a white table.

Gingerbread Martini

This creamy Gingerbread Martini will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Tastes just like eating a gingerbread cookie. Great for dinner parties or for a quiet evening at home. Either way, the gingerbread lovers in your life will be ecstatic.
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Course: Adult Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cocktail, Christmas Martini, Gingerbread Martini
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Servings: 2 Cocktails
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Heather


  • 4 oz vodka
  • 2 oz Kahlua *or a coffee liqueur
  • 4 oz half and half
  • 2 oz Gingerbread syrup *see direcly below

Gingerbread Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsulfered molasses
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Rimming the Martini Glasses

  • 1/4 cup honey *or unsulfered molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar *either light or dark


Gingerbread Syrup

  • In a small saucepan combine all the ingredients for Gingerbread Syrup. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, consistently stirring until sugar dissolves. Let cool and then place into a glass container with a tight fitting lid. Refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours.


  • Place honey and brown sugar onto two sperate plate or wide bottomed bowls. Dip the rims of the 2 martini glasses into honey and then brown sugar.
  • In a martini shaker or a glass measuring cup combine vodka, Kahlua, half and half and Gingerbread syrup. Mix well. Pour into rimmed martini glasses and enjoy immediately.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes
  • If using a martini shaker, add a few ice cubes to help create extra icy cold martinis. Additionally, keeping the vodka and Kahlua in the freezer will help to make the martinis extra frosty. 
  • The Gingerbread syrup recipe above will yield approximately 1 cup, enough for 4 batches of Gingerbread Martinis or 8 martinis in whole. 
  • Either molasses or honey may be used in rimming the martini glass. However, honey does tend to be more beautiful in presentation. 


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg
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