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This Gingerbread Old Fashioned cocktail is the perfect bourbon cocktail to make this Christmas. It’s a simple cocktail that is made with bourbon and gingerbread syrup for a festive twist on the classic drink.
Any type of gingerbread flavored drink is perfect for the Christmas season. For other gingerbread drinks, try this Gingerbread Martini, or if you are having a get together, these Gingerbread Men Shots.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Festive — This gingerbread old fashioned is a festive, cozy drink that is best enjoyed sipping on around the fireplace during the holiday season.
- Easy — Made with only 3 ingredients and no fancy bartending equipment, this is a drink that anyone can make in just a few minutes.
- Great for Bourbon lovers — Unlike other Christmas cocktails, this drink is not overly sweet and sugary. It is perfect for those who enjoy bourbon and want just a hint of Christmas flavor.
- Bourbon: Use your favorite mid-shelf bourbon for this drink. Save your highest quality bourbon for drinking on the rocks.
- Gingerbread Syrup: Gingerbread syrup adds a bit of sweetness as well as the gingerbread flavor to this drink. You can make your own at home, but it is much easier to use a store bought syrup. I use Monin’s gingerbread syrup, but you can use whatever brand you like.
- Bitters: All old fashioned cocktails include a few dashes of bitters. For this drink, orange bitters or ginger bitters work best.
How To Make A Gingerbread Old Fashioned
Step 1: In a low-ball cocktail glass, stir the bourbon, gingerbread syrup and bitters together until smooth.
Step 2: Add in ice and stir a few more times to chill the drink. Garnish and serve immediately.
- Use a large ice cube. If you are looking for the best presentation for this drink, try making large ice cubes and use one ice cube per glass. Not only does this look fancy, but the large ice cube melts slower, preventing your drink from becoming watered down as quickly.
- Adjust the amount of syrup. In general, old fashioned cocktails taste fairly strong — some people enjoy this and others don’t. Adjust the amount of gingerbread syrup you add according to your taste.
- Pair with appetizers. If you are having a Christmas party, this is a great cocktail hour drink to serve guests with some finger foods. It would go well paired with these goat cheese balls for example.
Old fashioned cocktails are stirred, not shaken.
Generally, old fashioned cocktails are served in low-ball cocktail glasses.