Gingerbread Martini

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Cocktail History

The Gingerbread Martini is a Christmas-themed variation of the classic Dry Martini that was created by Emma Stokes and included in her book Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail. While you’d probably expect lots of sugar, a candied rim, a ridiculous garnish, and maybe even some citrus in a drink named as such, this one’s recipe maintains its palatability while still being fairly austere.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Vanilla Vodka: This is the base spirit. We used Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka because it has a tasty vanilla flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Strykk Not Vanilla Vodka in place of the vodka.

Dry Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry because it’s light and airy.

Amaretto Liqueur: This adds nutty almond flavor and sweetens the drink. We went with Amaretto Di Amore because it features strong almond flavors and is nice and smooth.

Gingerbread Syrup: This is a sweetener made with ginger, ground nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, whole black peppercorns, vanilla extract, honey, white sugar, brown sugar, gum Arabic powder, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Star Anise: This is mostly just for a garnish but also adds a touch more spice and fragrance to the drink. We buy them in bulk section at our local grocery store.

Tasting Notes

The Gingerbread Martini features light aromas of anise and an initial taste that hints just a bit at the flavor of dry vermouth and botanical gin. After that, the festive flavors come forward as it sits in the mouth and on the swallow, hitting your tastebuds with a lingering mashup of baking spices, sweet nuttiness, and a slight ginger sting.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We were both surprisingly pleased with how this recipe tasted, and we think its combination of classic martini flavors with fun sweetness and spices make it a great “gateway martini” for those lesser inclined to the dry, botanical classic.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“As someone who likes his martinis with dry gin and vermouth, I thought this was surprisingly good. The vodka and vermouth were the first things I tasted, and since vodka is mostly flavorless, it was mostly just vermouth. In the back of the mouth on the swallow is where all of the main flavors come forward. It’s an assault of baking spices, ginger, nuttiness, and sweetness that are honestly quite delicious, and I could see this drink being enjoyed by somebody who does not like my idea of a dry martini.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This cocktail sounds as if it would be sickly sweet, but it’s definitely not. Although made with a few sweet ingredients, this variation of a Gingerbread Martini manages to be serious but still tasty to the lesser developed palate like mine. This is a great pick for sophisticated sipping and could even be a gateway to drier martinis after a few, or it could at least get you used to the taste of vermouth.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail: 80 Cheerful Tipples to Warm Up Winter by Emma Stokes.

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AuthorHave Yourself a Merry Little CocktailPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
 1 oz Dry Vermouth
 1 ½ tsp Amaretto Liqueur
 1 Star Anise

Method
1

Add vanilla vodka, dry vermouth, amaretto liqueur, gingerbread syrup, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a martini glass.

4

Drop in star anise.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
 1 oz Dry Vermouth
 1 ½ tsp Amaretto Liqueur
 1 Star Anise

Directions

Method
1

Add vanilla vodka, dry vermouth, amaretto liqueur, gingerbread syrup, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a martini glass.

4

Drop in star anise.

Gingerbread Martini

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

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Sugar Cookie Cocktail Recipe

Sugar Cookie Cocktail: A vanilla vodka cocktail made with amaretto, Irish cream liqueur, heavy cream, simple syrup, and sprinkles

Kohler Mint Cocoa Cocktail Recipe

Kohler Mint Cocoa: A chocolate mint brandy cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

Winter Berry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

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