RecipeGingerbread Martini

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Total Fat: 6 g
    • Saturated Fat: 4 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 30 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 g
  • Total Sugar: 29 g
    • Natural Sugar: 2 g
    • Added Sugar: 27 g
  • Sodium: 160 mg

Made with loads of rich liqueurs, lots of sugar, and even vanilla ice cream, a traditional gingerbread martini will run you more than 480 calories. I think I’ll save room for dessert instead…thanks.

If you still want a festive beverage that won’t break the calorie bank, give this delightful cocktail a try.

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This recipe makes 1 Serving
  • ½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 to 2 gingersnap cookies, optional for rim
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • Squeeze lime juice
  • 2 ounces half and half
  • 2 tablespoons aerated whipped cream, optional

For the spiced ginger syrup: Add ginger to a small saucepan along with brown sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool, then strain syrup* through a fine-mesh strainer. Store in refrigerator until ready to prepare drink (will keep for up to 2 weeks).

For optional lined rim: Rim a glass with gingersnap cookie crumbs by running a lime wedge along the edge and dipping into a plate of crushed cookie (1 to 2 small cookies per drink).

Pour vodka, lime juice, 1 ounce gingerbread syrup, and half and half into a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover shaker, shake and strain drink into rimmed glass. Top with an optional squirt of whipped topping and any leftover crushed cookie.

*NOTE: This makes just enough syrup for 1 to 2 drinks. To make more, keep the 4:1 ratio of water to sugar and increase based on number of drinks needed.

Add 30 calories for 1 gingersnap cookie and 10 calories per tablespoon optional whipped topping.