Warm Gingerbread Cocktail

It’s almost time to decorate for Christmas and winter and I have a delicious drink for everyone to sip while decorating your home, backyard, or front porch. This warm gingerbread cocktail is filled with ginger spices and is cozy. Of course, this cocktail doesn’t have to be for just the holiday season, you can enjoy it anytime. My only hope is one day I will be able to share it with friends at a holiday party. Adding Vodka to an already warm and cozy cocktail sounds like the perfect nightcap, right? With the colder season upon us, there is nothing quite as cozy as a Warm Gingerbread Cocktail. 

Warm Gingerbread Cocktail

As we head into the season of colder nights, I chose vodka for this drink because it’s what I have on hand. However, almost anything would work. You could even try whiskey or gin if it’s your liquor of choice. It’s a great winter cocktail to have with your dinner on a cold night. 

It’s time to get warmed up! 

How do we make this cocktail? First, we need a gingerbread syrup. The gingerbread syrup is so simple. You just need to add all of your ingredients into a small saucepan and bring them to a simmer over medium heat. Once they simmer, remove your saucepan from the heat and strain twice through a fine-mesh sieve. 

Warm Gingerbread Cocktail

To serve, stir together the Gingerbread Syrup, vodka, and half and half in a small pitcher. I used half and half for a creamier taste however, feel free to use your milk or cream of choice. I’ve made it with almond milk for something lighter and the cocktail was still yummy.

Warm Gingerbread Cocktail

Pour it into 2 mugs and top it off with a cinnamon stick, gingersnap cookie, and whipped cream. Not only will it look pretty but your cocktail can now be your dessert too. You can always add any other garnishes or alternatives. These are just my favorite. 

Warm Gingerbread Cocktail

If you want to have this on-demand like White Claw you can place it in an air-tight container once it’s cool and refrigerate for up to one month. This way when you want to have a drink you can just warm it up in a mug.

Warm Gingerbread Cocktail
Yield: 2 cocktails

Warm Gingerbread Cocktail

A warm and cozy gingerbread cocktail.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


Gingerbread Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Gingerbread Cocktail:

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) half and half, or dairy free milk of your choice
  • Warm milk, to taste


  • Whipped cream
  • Gingersnap cookies
  • Cinnamon stick


For the Gingerbread Simple Syrup:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Remove from the heat and strain twice through a fine-mesh sieve.

To Serve:

  1. Stir together the Gingerbread Simple Syrup, vodka, and half and half in a small pitcher. Pour into 2 mugs.
  2. The volume of the drink is about 2 ounces. You can add warm milk to the drink to increase the volume. I personally like the concentrated volume and skip the milk.
  3. Top each with whipped cream, a gingersnap cookie, and a cinnamon stick (or any garnishes you like).

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