Drink & Dish: Gingerbread Martini

Gingerbread Martini - 12 Cocktails of Christmas

When Jenn and I were planning our last Reading Between the Wines book club meeting for this year, she casually mentioned that we should do a cookie swap. Um, you don’t have to ask me twice! And it was my turn to host at my house so I was even more excited.

Cookie Exchange

Not only did we have our usual snacks, but everyone brought cookies to swap (and some to eat!). Between our cookie-ing we sang some Christmas songs (ok so that was just Jenn & Ari) and we discussed this months book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess). Hilarious book by the way, as long as you aren’t easily offended.

Gingerbread Martini - 12 Cocktails of Christmas

In general, I happen to be a pretty big fan of cookie swaps. I love that you only have to make one kind of cookie and get to take home an array of others. Its especially fun when you get to taste new kinds of cookies.

Gingerbread Martini - 12 Cocktails of Christmas

For this episode of Drink & Dish, Ari and I went with a cookie swap theme. Naturally Ari made a cookie – her Caramel Stuffed Ginger Molasses Cookies are so soft and chewy! And I made a cookie flavored cocktail – this Gingerbread Martini:

PS – like my t-shirt with Gingerbread man version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man?

Gingerbread Martini - 12 Cocktails of Christmas

I figured there was no better way to start off a cookie flavored cocktail, than with cookie crumbs along the rim. Some crushed up gingerbread cookies did the trick.

And to make sure that this cocktail did in fact taste like gingerbread, I used this homemade gingerbread syrup. You could use a store bought gingerbread flavored syrup too, but I like to use my homemade stuff. I used spiced rum and amaretto to compliment the flavors in the syrup and to give it a boozy cookie flavor.

Gingerbread Martini - 12 Cocktails of Christmas

Drink & Dish: Gingerbread Martini

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Drink & Dish: Gingerbread Martini


  • 1.5 oz plus 2 Tablespoons gingerbread syrup, divided
  • 1/4 cup crushed gingerbread cookies (optional garnish)
  • 1.5 oz spiced rum
  • .75 oz amaretto


For the Garnish

On a small plate, pour about 2 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup . On a second plate spread out gingerbread cookie crumbs. Dip the rim of a martini glass in the gingerbread syrup then coat in gingerbread cookie crumbs. Set glasses aside.

note: Ingredients for garnish make enough to rim 4-6 martini glasses

For the Drink

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in 1 shot (1.5 oz) of gingerbread syrup, rum and amaretto. Shake until contents are well combined and chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass.




  1. How perfect is your shirt for this video? I love the gingerbread version of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. :) The cookies and the cocktail look phenomenal – I can practically taste them just through the pictures. Hurray for cookie swaps. My diet has primarily consisted of them this week!
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