There are countless gingerbread martini recipes and many of those require a complicated array of spices to recreate the flavor. This recipe takes an easier route and opts for a gingerbread liqueur.
Rubbing the lime wedge on the rim really sets this warm and cozy martini off. It's highly recommended that you do not skip that step.
- Rub the lime wedge on the rim of a frozen cocktail glass and leave the lime there for a garnish.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into the glass.
The Gingerbread Liqueur
Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur (sometimes called schnapps) is a fantastic option when it comes to a spirit that has all those lovely flavors we love in gingerbread. However, it's a seasonal liqueur and is not produced every year, so that does pose a challenge.
However, you can still enjoy this martini by finding a substitute. One possibility is Kahlua Gingerbread Liqueur, which does tend to make an appearance around the holidays. Others may come and go on the market, so keep an eye out for any new gingerbread spirits and give them a try.
In a pinch, you can also use a gingerbread syrup, such as that offered by DaVinci. In this case, skip the cocktail's plain simple syrup or the drink will be too sweet. If you feel like an adventure, take that gingerbread syrup and make your own liqueur. Brandy would be a fantastic base for your experiments.