The Gingerbread Cocktail

My wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Terrace Lounge at Pebble Beach a few weekends ago, and to our delight they had a menu of delicious sounding Christmas-inspired cocktails. One of the drinks that stood out was a concoction called the Gingerbread Martini (I’ll call it the Gingerbread Cocktail since the drink isn’t technically a variation on the Martini). I had wanted to provide a recipe for a great holiday drink on this blog that Cocktail Renaissance readers could enjoy this season, and this cocktail was just the thing I was looking for.

The Gingerbread Cocktail is a delicious, sweet drink that’s perfect for holiday parties or quiet nights spent at home by the fire. I bet that even Santa would prefer the Gingerbread Cocktail over the usual glass of milk…so help the jolly man out on his journey this year…we all know the reindeer do the driving anyway!

Here’s how to make it:

1 1/2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
3/4 oz. butterscotch schnapps
1/2 oz. Goldschlager cinnamon schnapps
splash of milk
crushed cookies for the rim of the glass

If you’re making this drink for a number of people just multiply the proportions and use 1/4 oz. of milk per drink as the base proportion of that ingredient.


The first step is to rim a cocktail glass with cookie crumbs (some Christmas sugar cookies will do the trick). Take a few dabs of simple syrup and coat the outside rim of the glass. The simple syrup will act as the glue that binds the cookie crumbs to the glass (this is in place of the usual fruit juice that would act as the glue since there is no fruit garnish for this drink). Dip the coated rim into a saucer or small plate of cookie crumbs and try to evenly distribute the crumbs around the rim of the cocktail glass.

Cookie Crumb Rim

Now that you’ve prepared the glass, it’s time to make the drink! Fill a mixing glass with ice. Pour in the Bailey’s, butterscotch and cinnamon schnapps and the splash of milk. Stir the mixture until the outside of the mixing glass is cold, and then strain the mixture into the rimmed cocktail glass. You can even add some ground cinnamon to the top of the drink to further enhance the taste.

The Gingerbread Cocktail

Now that’s a tasty holiday cocktail! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

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