Everyone has a certain flavor that reminds them of Christmas. For some it’s eggnog, for which I am still just not so sure how I feel about. For others, it’s peppermint.
Speaking of peppermint, I have a confession. I think it’s time I come clean about something. We’re all friends here, right?
Ok, here it goes…I don’t really like peppermint.
I know, I’m sorry. Please don’t throw garbage at me. I don’t HATE it, I just don’t really care for it. I only like mint flavor in a few things: toothpaste, gum, tea, mouthwash, mint chip ice cream, and..well, that’s about it. I don’t like peppermint bark either. This is also because it contains white chocolate, which, by the way, I really do hate.
My favorite Christmas flavor is gingerbread. I’ll skip the peppermint, just give me the gingerbread. In all forms. Cookie, latte, and now, martini. And just a warning, this thing is dangerously addicting. The gingerbread syrup is really where it’s at with this drink, so add as much or as little as you like. I kind of want to pour the syrup on everything though.
For the gingerbread syrup:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 tbs. molasses
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
For the martini:
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1.5 ounces Kahlua
- 1.5 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 3 tbs. gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
- 2.5 ounces half and half (plus about 2 tbs. for the rim)
- gingerbread cookies (for the rim and for garnish)(I like Pepperidge Farm)
- whipped cream (for garnish)
For the syrup:
- In a small saucepan, heat the water, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, and cinnamon on medium heat until the sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes).
For the martini:
- Crush about 2-3 small gingerbread cookies in a zip lock bag with a rolling pin. Place the crumbs in a saucer and set aside.
- Pour the 2 tablespoons of half and half into a small saucer. Dip the rims of the martini glasses into the half and half. Then dip into the gingerbread crumbs and set the glasses aside.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine, the vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, gingerbread syrup, and the half and half. Shake well and pour into martini glasses. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top and then place a gingerbread cookie on top of the whipped cream and serve.
If you can’t find gingerbread cookies, you can also use gingersnap or Biscoff cookies.
Adapted from Hampton Roads Happy HourAll images and text ©