Spicy ginger and sweet molasses syrup, shaken with classic creamy dessert cocktail ingredients like vanilla vodka, frangelico, and baileys. A gingerbread martini is the most delicious cocktail to welcome your holiday spirit and to share with family and friends at holiday parties!
Oh, hey there, hold on a second. Let me just put down my martini shaker because I cannot stop making these gingerbread martinis!
Granted, I probably should because they are so easy to sip and pack quite a punch!
If you need a holiday cocktail to wow at your upcoming party, this is the one you want to be mixing up!
Here's what you will love about this gingerbread martini:
- spicy ground ginger
- sweet molasses
- creamy and boozy!
One of my biggest gripes about dessert cocktails is that they are SUPER sweet and have next to zero booze. Let's be real, your girl here likes a martini to be a martini. AKA Boozy.
This easy gingerbread martini recipe balances sweet and spicy perfectly and is all booze. But don't be scared if you're not into boozy dessert cocktails - I've got a substitute option for you if you want less booze and more dessert.
Whats in a gingerbread martini?
To make this holiday cocktail you'll need a few ingredients to make a simple syrup and your alcoholic ingredients.
- gingerbread syrup (so easy to make!)
- vanilla vodka
- hazelnut liquer (just a touch!)
- creamy irish cream liquer
- optional: half and half or heavy cream
That's it! Personally, I skip the half and half but if you want your gingerbread martini to drink more like dessert and less like a cocktail then I would definitely add it to your shopping list.
You could even substitute egg nog for half and half, and make your drink even more festive!
How to make a gingerbread martini
The easiest way to make a gingerbread martini takes just a few steps!
1. Make the gingerbread syrup.
2. Build the cocktail in a martini shaker.
3. Fill with ice.
4. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
That's all it takes! You got this!
How to make gingerbread simple syrup
I am in love with this gingerbread syrup for cocktails. It's just a smidge different than my go-to syrup. This cocktail syrup is different so it's not quite as sweet.
Combine the sugar, water, ground ginger, molasses, and cinnamon stick and bring to just a boil until the sugar is completely melted. Let it cool before using.
Is it better to use a cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon?
The cinnamon stick will give a more subtle cinnamon flavor, whereas the ground cinnamon is definitely more noticeable.
I would use either depending on whether you like a strong cinnamon flavor in your gingerbread or not!
Ideas for garnishing your martini
Do you need to garnish this cup of deliciousness? No!
But some of us just can't help but be a little extra. Here are so ideas for garnishing your gingerbread martini:
- holiday sprinkles
- shaken egg white foam
- sprinkle of gingerbread spice
- toasted meringue
- gingerbread cookies
- whipped cream
How are you planning on serving your gingerbread martini! Tell me all about your favorite holiday cocktails below in the comments and if you loved this recipe, please let a star rating below!
Happy holidays to you all and thank you so much for your support!
Easy Gingerbread Martini
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ ounces vanilla vodka
- ½ ounce Frangelico (or any hazelnut liqueur)
- 2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream (or any Irish cream liqueur)
- 2 ounces gingerbread syrup
- 2 ounces Optional: heavy cream or half and half
To make the syrup:
- In a small saucepan, whisk together water, sugar, ginger, and cinnamon stick until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and transfer to a heat proof container for storage.
- Add the gingerbready syrup, vanilla vodka, frangelico, and baileys to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Strain into martini glass. Garnish if desired.
- Ground cinnamon can be substituted for a cinnamon stick, but the ground spices will settle on the bottom of the martini after a few minutes.
- Tips for rimming the martini glass:
- Pour a small amount of syrup (triple sec, gingerbread syrup, or agave) on one plate and ground gingerbread on a separate plate. Dip rim of glass into the syrup, shake off excess. Dip rim of glass into the ground gingerbread, gingerbread spice, festive sprinkles, etc., shake off excess. Pour shaker ingredients into prepared glass.
- Gingerbread Syrup makes about 1 cup of syrup.