Gingerbread Martini – Holiday Cheer in a Glass

Besides the eggnog, Gingerbread Martini is my favorite drink on Christmas. I decided that after trying it last winter.

The Gingerbread Martini is one of the popular Martini types. It’s a delightful and festive cocktail that captures the warm and spicy flavors of gingerbread cookies in a glass. When I first tried this Gingerbread Martini, it was like sipping on the essence of a freshly baked gingerbread cookie, but with a grown-up twist. The initial burst of flavors will be like a holiday season in your mouth. The sweet, spicy notes of ginger and cinnamon dance with the velvety smoothness of the vanilla-infused vodka.

As I continued to savor this unexpected delight, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia creeping in. Memories of holidays spent with family, the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread cookies wafting through the house, and the joy of sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace all came rushing back. The Gingerbread Martini had somehow managed to capture those feelings.

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After finishing the Martini, I couldn’t resist the urge to recreate this wonderful experience at home. I mixed the ingredients (vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur, and the star ingredient, gingerbread syrup) into a shaker, adding a touch of cream to recreate the martini’s luscious texture.

The first sip of my homemade Gingerbread Martini was like a triumph, although it’s not as good as the one I tried at the bar. But it’s still a tasty one.

So there I was, sipping my gingerbread martini, enjoying the atmosphere of the holidays. Hope you will enjoy the drink like me. This is how to make the Gingerbread Martini:

Gingerbread Martini

A cocktail that encapsulates the essence of the holiday season in a single glass.
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Servings 1
Calories 260 kcal


  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur (e.g., Kahlúa)
  • 1 oz gingerbread syrup
  • 1 oz cream or half-and-half
  • Crushed graham crackers for rimming the glass
  • Whipped cream optional, for garnish
  • Ground cinnamon or cinnamon stick optional, for garnish


  • Rim a martini glass with crushed graham crackers. You can do this by dipping the rim of the glass into a shallow dish with a bit of the gingerbread syrup and then into another shallow dish with crushed graham crackers. Set the prepared glass aside.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur, gingerbread syrup, and cream.
  • Shake the mixture for about 15-20 seconds until it's well chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into your prepared martini glass.
  • If desired, garnish your gingerbread martini with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy your delightful gingerbread martini!
Keyword alcohol, cocktails, holiday, martini

To make your Gingerbread Martini recipe more creative, you can add a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves to the cocktail shaker for an extra layer of holiday spice.

You can also garnish the Gingerbread cocktail recipe with a small gingerbread cookie on the rim or floating on top of the drink for a fun and festive touch, add Rumchata liqueur, or replace the coffee liqueur with a shot of freshly brewed espresso to make a Gingerbread Espresso Martini.

Johanna Cleveland
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Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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