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.
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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.
Steps To Making Gingerbread Martini
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Combine the martini ingredients and mix well.
- Serve immediately.
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:
- Ground Ginger– (Worried about not using fresh? You’ll love these benefits of using ground ginger. I use this spice often for some of my favorite dishes like Crispy Sesame Beef, Asian Stuffed Peppers and Sticky Chinese Chicken Fingers. )
- Cinnamon– (Even more reason to love Ceylon Cinnamon. This version of cinnamon makes a world of difference in my Witches Brew and extremely popular Swedish Apple Cake.)
- Ground Cloves
- Unsulfered Molasses
- Granulated Sugar
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.
- 4 oz vodka
- 2 oz Kahlua *or a coffee liqueur
- 4 oz half and half
- 2 oz Gingerbread syrup *see direcly below
- 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
- 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.
- 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.