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How to make gingerbread martinis

Happy December!  We’re officially into the Christmas season so why not celebrate with a festive holiday drink?  We love our gingerbread around here so I thought we would kick off the season with gingerbread martinis!  These martinis are so incredibly rich and indulgent… perfect for any event or party.  My recipe makes 2 cocktails but feel free to double it if you’re serving a larger group.

How to make gingerbread martinis

The gingerbread simple syrup is the secret ingredient here.  You can make a batch from start to finish in a little over 30 minutes.  My trick is to make up a batch of gingerbread simple syrup and keep it on hand in the refrigerator.  It will last several weeks in the refrigerator and you can whip up a drink in just minutes.

You’ll probably have some leftover gingerbread simple syrup, be sure to save it!  It tastes amazing in coffee and Haley loves to add it to hot cocoa.

Gingerbread martini recipe

I don’t really like strong martinis but if you’re tougher than me you can reduce the half and half from 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup and that should do it.  What makes this martini really shine is the fun garnish, don’t skip out on that!  The whip cream, gingerbread cookie, and crumbs make this drink oh so delicious.  It’s the holidays, so indulge!

Gingerbread martini recipe

Gingerbread Martinis

Servings: 2 cocktails


Ingredients for the cocktail:

  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Irish Cream
  • 2 tbs Kahlua
  • 2 tbs gingerbread simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1/2 cup *half and half
  • whipped cream for topping
  • small gingerbread cookies, whole and crushed for garnish

Ingredients for the gingerbread simple syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5-10 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pieces fresh sliced ginger


Instructions for the gingerbread simple syrup:

  • Add sugar, water, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking until sugar is completely dissolved. Lower temperature and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool 20-30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Instructions for the cocktail:

  • In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, Irish cream, Kahlua, gingerbread syrup, molasses, and half and half. Add ice and shake well. Pour into 4 chilled martini glasses and top with whipped cream, ginger bread crumbs, and a gingerbread cookie.
  • *For a stronger drink reduce the half and half to 1/4 cup.

Holiday Christmas cocktails

I think it’s really fun to have a themed cocktail every year for Christmas, and this gingerbread martini hit the spot!  It tastes like dessert.  We can’t get enough gingerbread in our house so expect another yummy recipe to come soon.  Gingerbread lovers be sure to check out my Gingerbread Sugar Scrub and how to make Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments, which are perfect gingerbread shaped!  ‘Tis the season for Christmas fun!


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