Gingerbread Man-tini

Gingerbread Man-tini Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
307 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 307
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 30mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There are countless gingerbread martini recipes and many of those require a complicated array of spices to recreate the flavor of freshly baked gingerbread cookies. This recipe takes an easier route and opts for a gingerbread liqueur instead.

The gingerbread man-tini recipe begins much like a vodka martini. It uses citrus vodka and dry vermouth, then spices things up with the sweet taste of gingerbread liqueur. Add a little simple syrup if you like (depending on the liqueur you find) and wipe the rim with a lime wedge and you have a cozy martini that's perfect for the holiday season.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Gingerbread Man-tini
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  2. Cut a small slit in a lime wedge and rub it around the rim of a frozen cocktail glass. Place it as a garnish using the cut to mount it on the rim.

    Wetting a Cocktail Glass With Lime for a Gingerbread Man-tini
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  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the citrus vodka, gingerbread liqueur, dry vermouth, and simple syrup.

    Mixing a Gingerbread Man-tini
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  4. Shake well.

    Shaking a Gingerbread Man-tini
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  5. Strain into the prepared glass.

    Straining a Gingerbread Man-tini
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  6. Serve and enjoy.

    Gingerbread Man-tini Cocktail
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  • Choose a premium brand of vodka for this cocktail as the quality will make the difference between a great cocktail and a mediocre one.
  • Gingerbread liqueurs are not extremely common and they're very seasonal, but they are out there. Quite often, you'll see them pop up in liquor stores around the holidays when people get cravings for gingerbread.
  • Hiram Walker and Kahlua are two well-known brands that have produced gingerbread liqueurs. However, neither is produced every year. From the United Kingdom, you can find the liqueur from brands like Pennington's. Mr. Stack's is an inexpensive brand that's sold at some online liquor stores, and Massenez Crème de Gingerbread is a premium option. Others may come and go on the market, so keep an eye out for any new gingerbread spirits and give them a try.
  • Some gingerbread liqueurs will be sweeter than others, so skip the simple syrup if needed.

Recipe Variations

  • In a pinch, you can also use a gingerbread syrup. Intended to flavor coffee, syrup companies like DaVinci, Monin, and Torani offer the flavor. In this case, skip the cocktail's plain simple syrup or the drink will be too sweet.
  • If you feel like an adventure, take that gingerbread syrup and make your own liqueur. Brandy would be a fantastic base for your experiments.

How Strong Is a Gingerbread Man-tini?

The gingerbread man-tini stacks up to other vodka martinis. Falling in the 23 percent ABV (46 proof) range, its alcohol content is typical of this style of cocktail. Keep this in mind because the drink may be sweet, but it will sneak up on you.