Allow me to introduce you to the Spiced Gingerbread Dream. It’s a cocktail that screams holidays but honestly, it’s too good to save just for December. This is one of my favorite festive cocktails that I’ve mixed up this year due to its distinctive, seasonal flavors. Although this Spiced Gingerbread Dream looks like an intricate piece of work, everything is shaken up in a single cocktail shaker, then served. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Let’s get right into what makes this cocktail recipe so special.
The Spiced Gingerbread Dream is a rum-based cocktail, but as usual, I’ve kicked it up a notch. By simply switching from regular dark rum to a spiced rum, you create an entirely new experience.
So, let’s talk about the heart of this drink! Spiced rum brings in a warm, subtly sweet flavor, while not overpowering the cocktail as a whole. This is a dark rum, so you still get that same depth and complexity you rum-lovers enjoy, but with a slightly unique finish.
Onto the Gingerbread syrup, where the “Gingerbread” in this cocktail name comes from! It’s sweet, with a little kick of ginger spice. Not only does it enhance the flavors of this recipe, but it acts as the perfect sweetener to this festive drink.
Some of you have probably noticed I’ve been on a caffeine kick when developing new recipes recently. Whether it’s an Espresso Martini or a White Russian, adding coffee to the mix just gives it that extra boost! The addition of coffee liqueur is what gives our cocktail a rich, deep note (plus it just tastes so good!).
The final addition to the mixture is a classic in the mixology world: Amaretto. Almond-flavored amaretto rounds things out with a nutty, sweet taste. And in my opinion, it really ties all the flavors together.
Now, let’s get into best part! Once the cocktail mixture is strained into a glass, go ahead and top it off with plenty of whipped cream…or as much as you personally prefer. As you sip on the Spiced Gingerbread Dream you’ll instantly taste that sweet, cloud-like finish. For the grand finale, add a sprinkle of gingerbread crumbs and a dash of cinnamon. This isn’t just for looks; it adds a tiny bit of texture and a last-minute zing.
Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
Step 2: Strain the mixture into a coupe glass.
Step 3: Garnish with a topping of whipped cream and sprinkles of cinnamon & gingerbread crumbs.
So next time you’re looking for a drink that’s both festive and versatile, give the Spiced Gingerbread Dream a try. It’s like the best bits of the holiday season, available year round.