A Ginger Snap Cocktail is a festive drink with all of the warm spicy, holiday flavours. This drink is a cookie in a cocktail form.
What is a Ginger Snap Cocktail?
When you think of a ginger snap cookie, you think of, of course, ginger, and also molasses, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. This drink is all of that in a delightfully delicious sip. Although it’s a bubbly drink, it feels like a warm, cozy winter treat, and it really does taste just like the cookie.
I rimmed the cocktail glasses with cinnamon sugar and garnished with ginger slices for an even more festive touch.
What Spirit to Use
A dark rum seemed, at first, to be the obvious choice for this drink. However, because rum is a very distinct taste of its own, it detracted from the goal, which was, as mentioned, to recreate the cookie.
In my research, I saw a few recipes that were called “Ginger Snap” cocktails, but, other than the ginger, there was no cookie connection.
Since I planned to use molasses in the recipe, I chose vodka as the spirit. The vodka is a more neutral flavour, which allows the ginger snap flavours to be the star of this cocktail show.
When to Serve Ginger Snap Cocktails
This is definitely a winter cocktail, and it’s perfect around the holidays. Ginger Snaps are lovely welcome drinks for your holiday party or gathering. And, they are delightful for toasting and sipping by the fire on Christmas Eve.
What to Serve with Ginger Snap Cocktails
This is a sweet cocktail. You can choose to simply add this drink to the dessert menu, which would be totally appropriate, or, you can contrast the sweetness of it, by serving the drink alongside some Spiced Nuts, or Spiced Lemon Roasted Chickpeas. A fruit platter is another perfect accompaniment, as are pastries, cookies, and other sweet treats. Learn more about pairing cocktails and food here: Dare to Pair Cocktails and Food
Ginger Snap Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is the base of this, as well as many other cocktails. Simple syrup really is simple: just equal parts water and sugar, along with any flavour components, simmered until thickened into a syrup. The syrup is versatile and you can use it for more than just cocktails. Try it on pancakes or waffles. Or drizzle it on ice cream or pound cake. You can even stir it into your coffee or tea.
No Alcohol Required
You can also have this cocktail as a mocktail. Just leave out the vodka for a festive and delicious, non-alcoholic drink that kids and non-imbibers can enjoy too. Part of the fun with cocktails is the pretty glasses, the garnishes and the flavour combos. That’s why it’s great to include children so they too, can have a special drink on a special occasion.
How to Make a Ginger Snap Cocktail
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A Ginger Snap Cocktail is all of the warm spicy flavours of the cookie in a cocktail form.
In a sauce pan, combine sugar, water, ginger, cinnamon stick, cloves, and star anise
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, strain, and allow to cool completely
On a plate, combine sugar and cinnamon
Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with water, then invert the glass in the sugar cinnamon mixture to coat the rim
In a cocktail shaker, add simple syrup, molasses, vodka, and ice. Shake until combined.
Pour into the cocktail glass, then top up with club soda
Garnish with fresh ginger slices
Ginger snap simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Store the syrup in an airtight container.