|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||7%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Total Carbohydrate 287g||104%|
|Dietary Fiber 15g||54%|
|*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.|
Warm and inviting, enjoy a steaming mug of spiked gingerbread hot chocolate this winter. This recipe is very simple and features a homemade gingerbread syrup, which is also a breeze to mix up.
Beyond the spiced syrup that makes this cocoa taste like gingerbread, you can customize it with your choice of liquor. Spiced rum is a favorite because it amplifies the spiciness and offsets the sweet chocolate, and ginger vodka is fun for the same reason.
If you prefer to buy syrup, many companies offer gingerbread as a flavor option. Amoretti, Davinci, and Torani are among the most common and may even be available at your local store.
- For the Gingerbread Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 (1-inch) slice ginger root (chopped or 1 tablespoon ground ginger)
- 4 whole cloves
- 4 whole allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- For the Hot Chocolate:
- 1 cup milk (or water)
- 1 packet hot cocoa mix
- 1 1/2 ounces spiced rum (or ginger vodka)
- 1 ounce gingerbread syrup
- Garnish: cinnamon stick
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this gingerbread cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and serving.
Make the Gingerbread Syrup
Gather the ingredients.
In a saucepan, heat the water over medium-high heat. Stir in the two sugars until they dissolve completely.
Add the spices and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for 25 minutes.
Remove from the heat, keep the pan covered, and set aside to cool for about 20 minutes.
Strain out the spices, bottle, and label.
The syrup will remain fresh in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.
Make Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Gather the ingredients.
In a small saucepan over low heat, gently heat the milk. Stir it constantly with a whisk and do not let it come to a boil or scald.
Remove from heat and whisk in the hot cocoa mix, ensuring it's completely mixed in.
In a warm mug, pour your choice of spiced rum, ginger vodka, or maple as well as the gingerbread syrup.
Top with the hot cocoa and stir well.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Serve and enjoy!
- Making the gingerbread syrup is just as easy as any other simple syrup. The key is to allow the spices to steep inside the syrup for nearly an hour in total to maximize the flavor.
- This recipe makes about 1 cup of syrup, enough for about eight mugs of gingerbread hot chocolate. Try it in other hot drinks as well. It's great with coffee and makes a fantastic gingerbread latte.
- While this recipe suggests using a dried cocoa mix with milk, you can use your favorite hot chocolate recipe. Simply make the cocoa, then add the syrup and liquor of your choice.
- Some powdered cocoas are better with water. Follow the directions on your mix for the best results.
- If you prefer a sweeter background, search for a bottle of maple-flavored whiskey, such as Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky.
- You can also make it non-alcoholic by skipping the liquor.
How Strong Is a Gingerbread Hot Chocolate?
Since a single shot of liquor is used in this recipe, it's a very mild beverage. With an 80-proof liquor, the alcohol content comes out to about 6 percent ABV (12 proof). It's similar to enjoying a pint of beer but far more relaxing and comforting.