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Holiday Gingerbread Cocktail Recipe

Gingerbread Cocktail Recipe: A Festive Twist for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is all about indulging in delicious treats and festive drinks, and what better way to celebrate than with a Gingerbread Cocktail?

This delightful concoction combines the warm and spicy flavors of gingerbread cookies with the rich and creamy goodness of eggnog. It’s the perfect holiday drink to sip by the fire, share with friends at holiday parties, or simply enjoy as a cozy dinner cocktail.

Gingerbread Cocktail


Gingerbread Cocktail
  • 1 gingerbread man cookie or a ginger snap
  • cup of ice
  • spiced rum
  • brandy
  • Eggnog

Why This Recipe Works

Gingerbread Cocktail

The Gingerbread Cocktail is a perfect holiday drink because it captures the essence of everyone’s favorite Christmas flavor – gingerbread! The combination of spiced rum, brandy, and eggnog creates a creamy cocktail with the depth of flavor that will tantalize your taste buds.

The addition of a gingerbread cookie garnish adds a whimsical touch and an extra layer of gingerbread flavor. This cocktail will undoubtedly put you in the holiday spirit.


What is a Gingerbread Cocktail?

A Gingerbread Cocktail is a festive alcoholic drink that combines the flavors of gingerbread cookies with spiced rum, brandy, and eggnog. It’s a delightful holiday-themed cocktail perfect for Christmas parties and gatherings.

Can I make this cocktail without alcohol?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail by omitting the spiced rum and brandy. Simply increase the amount of eggnog to replace the alcoholic ingredients, and you’ll have a delicious gingerbread-flavored mocktail.

Where did the gingerbread flavor originate?

Gingerbread Cocktail

Gingerbread flavor can be traced back to the Silk Road and 15th century medieval Europe. It was introduced to England by Queen Elizabeth I and has since become a favorite Christmas flavor.

Can I make gingerbread syrup at home?

Yes, you can make homemade gingerbread syrup by simmering water, sugar, fresh ginger, molasses, and spices like cinnamon and clove. This syrup adds a delightful gingerbread flavor to your cocktails and can also be used in gingerbread lattes and other holiday drinks.

Gingerbread Cocktail

Tips and Tricks

  • Use Fresh Ginger: For the best gingerbread flavor, use fresh ginger in your homemade gingerbread syrup. It adds a zesty kick and depth to the syrup.
  • Adjust Alcohol Strength: You can customize the strength of your Gingerbread Cocktail by adjusting the amount of spiced rum and brandy. For a milder drink, use less alcohol.
  • Garnish Creatively: Get creative with your garnishes. Try adding a cinnamon stick or orange peel for extra holiday flair.
  • Serve in Martini Glasses: Serving your Gingerbread Cocktail in martini glasses not only looks elegant but also enhances the overall experience.


Gingerbread Espresso Martini

For a caffeinated twist, add a shot of espresso coffee and a splash of coffee liqueur to your Gingerbread Cocktail. It’s a perfect pick-me-up for those late-night holiday parties.

Gingerbread White Russian

Substitute the spiced rum with vodka and add a drizzle of ginger liqueur for a Gingerbread White Russian. It’s a creamy and delightful variation of the classic White Russian cocktail.

Gingerbread Cocktail

Where to Serve

The Gingerbread Cocktail is a versatile drink that can be served at various holiday occasions:

  • Holiday Parties: It’s a hit at holiday parties, and your guests will appreciate the festive twist.
  • Dinner Cocktails: Enjoy it as a creamy dinner cocktail to elevate your holiday meal.
  • Next Holiday Party: Serve it at your next holiday gathering and watch the smiles it brings to your guests’ faces.


This cocktail is best enjoyed fresh, but if you need to store it, here are some tips:

  • Pre-Mix: You can pre-mix the gingerbread syrup and alcohol and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Add eggnog and ice just before serving.
  • Gingerbread Syrup: The homemade gingerbread syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. Make a larger batch to use in other holiday recipes and cocktails.
Gingerbread Cocktail

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

Syrup Too Thin

If your gingerbread syrup is too thin, it may not provide enough gingerbread flavor to the cocktail. To avoid this, simmer the syrup on medium-high heat for longer to reduce it to your desired consistency.

If you garnish the cocktail with a gingerbread cookie too early, it may become soggy. To prevent this, wait until the last moment to add the cookie garnish, just before serving.

Gingerbread Cocktail

Too Much Ginger

While fresh ginger adds a fantastic flavor, be cautious not to overdo it, as it can overpower the cocktail. Start with a small amount and taste as you go.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

If you want to involve your little ones in the holiday festivities, here are some tips for making a family-friendly version of this Gingerbread Cocktail:

  • Omit the alcohol entirely and make a gingerbread-flavored milkshake by blending eggnog, ice, and gingerbread syrup.
  • Let the kids help with garnishing. They can decorate the rim of the glass with crushed gingerbread cookies or add whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Topping Options

Enhance the presentation and flavor of your Gingerbread Cocktail with these topping options:

  • Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream adds a creamy and indulgent touch.
  • Crushed Gingerbread Cookies: Crushed gingerbread cookies make a delightful and crunchy garnish.
  • Cinnamon Sprinkle: A sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top not only looks appealing but also enhances the aroma.

The Gingerbread Cocktail is a delicious Christmas cocktail that captures the essence of the holiday season. With its warm and spicy gingerbread flavor, creamy texture, and customizable strength, it’s the perfect drink to enjoy at holiday parties, dinner gatherings, or by the fire.

Whether you choose to make it with or without alcohol, this festive cocktail will undoubtedly become a favorite Christmas treat. So, raise your glass, sip on this delightful creation, and savor the taste of the holiday spirit. Cheers!

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Easy Gingerbread Cocktail
Yield: 1 cocktail

Easy Gingerbread Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This delicious eggnog gingerbread cocktail is so good and easy to make for the holidays!


  • 1 gingerbread man cookie or a ginger snap
  • ½ - ¾ cup of Ice
  • ¾ oz. of spiced rum
  • ½ oz. of brandy
  • 4 oz. Eggnog


  1. Crush the gingerbread cookie into crumbs.
  2. With the glass of choice add a little bit of the liquor or eggnog to the rim and dip into the cookie crumbs.
  3. Add ice to a cocktail shaker.
  4. Add in the spice rum, brandy, and the eggnog
  5. Shake it up until well combined and pour all the ingredients into the rimmed glass.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 588Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 91mgSodium 415mgCarbohydrates 71gFiber 1gSugar 43gProtein 10g

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