5 from 1 vote

Gingerbread Martini

This Gingerbread Martini is a creamy spiced holiday cocktail that is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Serve this decadent festive drink for Christmas at parties or when you want a special treat.

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Have yourself a delicious Christmas cocktail this holiday season. If you enjoy gingerbread cookies, you’ll adore this simple gingerbread martini recipe. It’s one of my all-time favorite Christmas cocktails!

Though I do enjoy my Christmas mocktails, sometimes you need a festive cocktail after a long day of holiday shopping. Let’s face it. There is a ton of prep work to go into getting ready for Christmas from the cleaning, baking and decorating, it feels never ending. This creamy cocktail hits the spot!

Serve at your next holiday party and get your guests raving about how yummy it is. The gingerbread flavor captures the holiday spirit to perfection.

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Why You’ll Love This Festive Gingerbread Martini

  • The perfect holiday cocktail recipe for holiday parties
  • You can give each glass a festive touch with optional garnishes
  • Easy to make in minutes
  • Love after dinner cocktail that tastes like dessert


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    Ingredients to make a gingerbread martini.

    How to Make a Gingerbread Martini

    • Step One: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
    • Step Two: Pour in the Bailey’s, vodka, heavy cream and gingerbread syrup.
    • Step Three: Shake for 30 seconds then strain into a chilled martini glass.
    Steps to make a gingerbread martini.

    Equipment Needed

    A gingerbread martini with winter holiday decor.

    Variations and Substitutions

    • I prefer Bailey’s Irish Cream. However, if you have another Irish cream liqueur, feel free to use it instead.
    • Use half and half or milk in place of the heavy cream.
    • Make it dairy-free by using Almond Bailey’s and a plant-based milk.
    • If you can’t get enough gingerbread flavor, add in more gingerbread syrup. I find 1 tablespoon is a great amount, but you may like it more pronounced. 
    • Try vanilla vodka instead of regular vodka.

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • Serve in a chilled martini glass for best results. Place the glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes before you make the cocktails.
    • Make sure to shake the ingredients over ice for at least 30 seconds before you strain into your chilled glass.
    A gingerbread martini with holiday decor.

    Storage Instructions

    I highly recommend you make this cocktail when you are ready to enjoy it. It’s not something you’ll want to store for a longer period of time. Fresh is best!

    Rim and Garnish Ideas

    Rim Ideas

    Rim the glass in gingerbread syrup and add any of these options if you wish.

    • Crushed gingerbread cookies
    • Brown sugar
    • Graham cracker crumbs
    • Holiday sprinkles

    Garnish Ideas

    • Gingerbread cookie
    • Cinnamon stick
    • Whipped cream
    • Sprinkle of cinnamon
    • Caramel sauce
    A gingerbread martini on a gold serving platter.

    Where Do I Buy Gingerbread Syrup?

    What If I Can’t Find Gingerbread Syrup?

    No worries! You can easily make your own at home. It’s typically made with brown sugar, molasses, and spices. Check out these two options from fellow bloggers: Super Golden Bakes and Happy Foods Tube.

    Three gingerbread martinis on a gold platter.

    Christmas Drinks

    Try my homemade Irish Cream and Passionate Sangria.

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    Gingerbread Martini

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 1
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    This creamy spiced holiday cocktail is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Serve this decadent festive drink for Christmas at parties or when you want a special treat.


    • 2 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
    • 1 oz vodka
    • 2 oz heavy cream
    • 1 tbsp gingerbread syrup


    • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
    • Pour in the Bailey's, vodka, heavy cream and gingerbread syrup.
    • Shake for 30 seconds then strain into a chilled glass.


    Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 67mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 833IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Drinks
    Cuisine American
    Keyword christmas, cocktails, gingerbread, martini

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