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Gingerbread Martini

‘Tis the season for all things gingerbread flavored so im putting a festive twist on the ever-popular espresso martini. The molasses replaces the classic simple syrup for a more intense sugar flavor. The dash of warm spices in the cocktail rounds out the full cookie flavor to really make this a glass of liquid holiday cheer.

Serving Size: One martini


1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon amount gingerbread spice blend (recipe listed below)

1 tablespoon molasses, plus more for glasses

1 ½ ounce Frangelico

1 ½ ounces vodka

1 ½ ounces espresso or strongly brewed coffee

½ teaspoon gingerbread spice blend

Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Gingerbread Spice Blend

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon allspice

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix all together. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

For the cocktail:

1. Mix brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of spice blend together in a small bowl. Coat rim of martini glass with a thin layer of molasses, then roll in spice mixture.

2. Add all remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker that contains ice. Shake vigorously until shaker is frosty, and cocktail is foamy.

3. Pour into glass and grate fresh nutmeg over the top as a garnish. Add a small cookie to the side of the glass, if desired. Serve immediately.

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