Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gingerbread Martini


Gingerbread has a special place in my heart around the holidays.  It is the warming spicy sweet flavor, along with the wonderful aroma and memories that go along with it that I love.  But oddly enough this year I didn't make any around Christmas!  But I found a way to still fit it in this year, just in different form...the gingerbread martini!  My Mom and I usually spend Christmas day together, opening gifts, enjoying delicious baked goods, and having a nice dinner, enjoying a cocktail...


So this year it was the gingerbread martini.  I combined Domaine De Canton ginger Liqueur, Bernheim, some spices, vanilla extract and a dash of molasses to keep it like the cookie.  I even rimmed the glass with colorful nonpareils for effect.  It really tasted like drinking the cookie!  It had all the same sweetness, zip and spice!  I missed the actual making of gingerbread cookies this year and having fun with the frosting, but I didn't miss eating the cookies with this fabulous drink!


Gingerbread Martini

Makes 1

2 Tbsp small nonpareils
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp molassess
2 tsp maple syrup
4-6 large ice cubes
2 oz Bernheim bourbon (or your favorite bourbon)

2 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves

To make sugar rim, Spread nonpareils out on a small plate. Coat the rim of the martini glass with the agave syrup by dipping it into it on a plate, then dip the agave coated rim into the nonpareils and set aside. In a small dish, dissolve molasses and agave in 1 Tbsp water.  In a martini shaker add the ice, bourbon, vanilla, ginger liqueur, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour into a chilled martini glass and serve!

18 comments:

ping said...

Gosh, to have my cookie and drink it too! Yum, all my fav spices.

Mina @ Angellove's Cooking said...

Mmm :) I adore the e flavors!!! Sounds so tempting...

K o r i said...

Oh my goodness, this is adorable! I LOVE the colored nonpareils around the rim, and the mix of spices with the molasses and liqueur sounds delicious! What a fun idea. I hope your Xmas was wonderful :)

Diethood.com said...

I'm not a drinker, but this martini sounds like it might make me a fan. :)

Bryt said...

oh yum, what a great idea!!

Kim - Liv Life said...

I love the colorful rim!! So festive Congrats on the Top 9 for this adorable drink!

I'm with you on ginger... it always reminds me of the holidays too!

Monet said...

This looks just delectable. I love how you adorned the rim of your glass with sprinkles. How adorable. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

briarrose said...

Adorable!

chef4l said...

Love it! Can't wait to try it for New Years!

Lizzy said...

Congratulations on the Top 9!!! Such a pretty drink with the sprinkles!

Trix said...

Congrats on Top 9! It's very cute and festive.

baking.serendipity said...

This looks gorgeous! I love the sprinkles around the rim :) I hope you had a great Christmas and are still enjoying the holiday season :)

ping said...

Comment part 2: I knew this was a winner! Yum! Congratulations on getting Top9!

Mark said...

The sprinkles around the edge of the glass really make it. Thanks.

Diethood.com said...

Congrats on the top 9!

Loren said...

Nice job on the top 9! This recipe looks like a lot of fun and I love your photos.
~Loren

Stella said...

Oh, Amy, this sounds so good! I could even see it being nice served hot-maybe. I've never had ginger liqueur...
Oh, and your rim looks so cute in the photos. Love that;-)

Amy Bakes Everything said...

Beautiful! I'll bet it's a cocktail that will warm you up, too!