A close up o a gingerbread martini with a gingerbread man leaning up agains the glass.

Christmas Gingerbread Martini Recipe

The smell of gingerbread cookies always reminds me of Christmas! As a child, every year, my mom would cook up a fresh batch of gingerbread cookies for me and my brothers to enjoy in the days leading up to Christmas. Now, as an adult, one of my favorite Christmas cocktails is the Gingerbread Martini! Here’s how I like to make a Gingerbread Martini at Christmas.

Gingerbread Martini Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by BeverageBeaver
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Difficulty: Medium


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A Gingerbread Martini is a festive, creamy cocktail made with vanilla vodka, gingerbread syrup, cream, and Kahlua, and is served in a martini glass rimmed with crushed gingerbread cookies.


  • 1.5 oz Vanilla Vodka

  • 1 oz Gingerbread Syrup

  • 0.5 oz Cream

  • 0.5 oz Kahlua

  • Crushed Gingerbread Man Cookie


  • Rim a martini glass with gingerbread syrup and press upside down into a plate of crushed gingerbread cookies.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the vanilla vodka, gingerbread syrup, cream, and kahlua.
  • Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into the rimmed martini glass.
  • Sprinkle more crushed gingerbread cookie on top to garnish and serve.

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Not everybody has vanilla vodka, Kahlua, or gingerbread syrup at home. Luckily, you can make many variations of this drink with other ingredients.

If you don’t have vanilla vodka, this cocktail works just as well with regular vodka. If you have some vanilla extract, add a few drops into the mix, and it will taste the same as vanilla vodka.

If you don’t have Kahlua, this drink also works well with Bailey’s Irish Cream. Swap out the cream 0.5 oz of cream and 0.5 oz of Kahlua and replace with 1 oz of Baileys Irish Cream.

And if you don’t have gingerbread syrup, you can mix together some simple syrup with a dash of cinnamon and a dash of ginger to give this drink it’s signature ginger kick!

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