Gingerbread Liqueur

Well, it’s that time of year once again, with sugar plums dancing in my head. I love all of the flavors of the holidays, yet, not so much gingerbread. I don’t dislike it, it’s just not one of my top holiday flavors.

That is, until I discovered a recipe for gingerbread liqueur, on a now non-existent blog.

I guarantee that this liqueur will make your spirits merry!

Gingerbread Liqueur
Printable recipe below

1/2 cup chopped ginger
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole allspice slightly crushed
5 whole cloves
Fresh nutmeg
1/4 cup molasses
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup spiced rum

Put everything in a clean jar.

I doubled the recipe, because I’ve made this before and I know how good it is!

Give the jar a good swirl to make sure the brown sugar and molasses are well stirred, then set the jar in a dark cool place for at least a week. When ready to use, strain into a clean bottle.

Since I’m so creative with cocktails, I add 1/2 & 1/2 to some of the liqueur and called it done.

If you really want to be fancy, add a rim of flavored or just pretty sugar. This was cranberry sugar, but I just did it for the photos!

I don’t let the liqueur sit longer than a week. I find that cloves and cinnamon sticks can lend bitterness if too much time passes.

And I found these adorable gingerbread cookies! Redundant, but cute!

I think the liqueur would be good not only with 1/2 & 1/2, but also with a splash of club soda. Next time, because it’s all gone!



By Published On: December 9th, 202047 Comments on Gingerbread Liqueur

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. angiesrecipes December 9, 2020 at 7:22 AM - Reply

    I wish I were holding that glass right now. This is so warming, christmasy and yum!

    • chef mimi December 9, 2020 at 7:29 AM - Reply

      Thanks! It’s really tasty!

  2. December 9, 2020 at 7:30 AM - Reply

    I am all about gingerbread anything! I have two trees full of gingerbread/baking/candy (a 2 ft mini and 6 ft) ornaments, we made gingerbread houses for 20 years (I built 5 each year and each family decorated), cookies, cakes you name it. However, I have never had a gingerbread liqueur!!! I guess it’s a must for me to try – just have regular rum though!

    • chef mimi December 9, 2020 at 7:43 AM - Reply

      Wow, you do love gingerbread! I honestly don’t know what’s in spiced rum. Maybe you can just spice up the spices!

  3. kitchenriffs December 9, 2020 at 9:41 AM - Reply

    I do like gingerbread, although it’s not my favorite either. But I can’t resist it at this time of the year! This looks good — I do need to make that gingerbread liqueur. :-)

  4. chef mimi December 9, 2020 at 10:03 AM - Reply

    I’m obviously not creative making cocktails, so maybe you can come up with other ways to use this liqueur!

  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen December 9, 2020 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    Looks delicious! I’ll take ginger in just about everything, sweet or savory.

    • chef mimi December 9, 2020 at 11:53 AM - Reply

      You will love this liqueur!

  6. Ronit Penso Tasty Eats December 9, 2020 at 10:46 AM - Reply

    I can smell the wonderful ginger aroma from the photos! :)

  7. The Parmigiana Whisperer December 9, 2020 at 11:43 AM - Reply

    sounds delicious, and I love the photos! it is so christmassy with those lights <3

    • chef mimi December 9, 2020 at 11:52 AM - Reply

      Thank you!

  8. thatskinnychickcanbake December 9, 2020 at 12:08 PM - Reply

    So fun! This is the kind of thing I like to make and give to my book club members for the holidays! This year, they get homemade vanilla, but your gingerbread liqueur is a 2021 contender!

    • chef mimi December 9, 2020 at 12:10 PM - Reply

      Nice! Vanilla is a fabulous gift! That’s very nice of you to do. You must like your people!!!

  9. Jovina Coughlin December 9, 2020 at 1:55 PM - Reply

    Looks very festive.

  10. Debra December 9, 2020 at 8:58 PM - Reply

    Oh my! Now we’re talking. :-)

    • chef mimi December 10, 2020 at 6:58 AM - Reply

      Hahahahaha! Yes, this is good stuff!

  11. Tandy I Lavender and Lime December 9, 2020 at 9:54 PM - Reply

    Perfect for this time of the year!

    • chef mimi December 10, 2020 at 6:39 AM - Reply

      Yes, it’s quite festive and fun!

  12. sherry December 9, 2020 at 11:22 PM - Reply

    wow mimi. i love the sound of this!! sounds like it packs a whallop:)

    • chef mimi December 10, 2020 at 6:38 AM - Reply

      Yeah, I’d say it would if you didn’t add 1/2 and 1/2 to it! I can’t imagine it straight… But it’s fun!

  13. Ron December 10, 2020 at 12:36 AM - Reply

    Hi Mimi, I love gingerbread anytime of the year. So, your recipe for gingerbread liqueur is calling my name. When you say fresh nutmeg, do you mean fresh grated and how much did you use. Thanks!

    • chef mimi December 10, 2020 at 6:37 AM - Reply

      Yes, freshly grated. Oops. I’d better change that. I’d say about what amounts to 1/4 teaspoon? but more if you really like nutmeg! It’s not critical. Enjoy!

  14. spicedblog December 10, 2020 at 6:25 AM - Reply

    This is totally calling my name right now, Mimi! I do really enjoy gingerbread desserts during the holidays, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a gingerbread drink. What a fun idea!

    • chef mimi December 10, 2020 at 6:35 AM - Reply

      It’s really tasty. This young woman used to blog back when I started. She doesn’t any longer but I wish I could refer to her blog, cause she created lots of fun things, like this liqueur!

  15. Eva Taylor December 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM - Reply

    Happy holidays indeed! That is one flavour-packed holiday cocktail. The cranberry sugar looks wonderful, I’d love the sweet and sour flavours it brings to this pretty cocktail.

    • chef mimi December 10, 2020 at 7:06 AM - Reply

      I did the sugar for the color, but it ended up being tasty! I also learned not to dip the glass in too much liquid first. If you look closely you can see blobs of sugar dripping down the glasses!!!

  16. Ann Coleman December 10, 2020 at 1:45 PM - Reply

    Just looking at the photos puts me in a holiday mood!

    • chef mimi December 10, 2020 at 2:46 PM - Reply

      Good! That’s indeed a compliment!

  17. Molly Pisula December 11, 2020 at 7:48 AM - Reply

    Oh boy, does that sound yummy! I agree that adding some 1/2 and 1/2 to it would make a perfect cocktail. Just loving your holiday drink ideas this year!

    • chef mimi December 11, 2020 at 8:14 AM - Reply

      Thank you! My favorite is what I call “Christmas in Yo Mouth,” which makes me laugh cause i invented it, and it’s just two liqueurs! (I laugh at my bartender skills! Or, lack thereof.” It’s Rumchata and Buttershots, equal parts, and it tastes like Christmas!

  18. Healthy World Cuisine December 11, 2020 at 8:04 PM - Reply

    The hardest part is going to be leaving sit for a whole 2 weeks. How delicious! Gorgeous moody photos too. Love everything about this post. Stay well and take care

    • chef mimi December 11, 2020 at 10:42 PM - Reply

      Thank you!

    • chef mimi December 12, 2020 at 7:00 AM - Reply

      One week will do it! Otherwise it gets bitter. So, you’re welcome! Hello Christmas!

  19. Fran @ G'day Souffle' December 12, 2020 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    This drink looks sooo good! I love gingerbread- so I would have to restrain myself from guzzling down the whole drink in one gulp!

    • chef mimi December 13, 2020 at 6:27 AM - Reply

      Guzzling is allowed during a pandemic!

  20. Dennis Yannakos December 13, 2020 at 2:48 AM - Reply

    These gingerbread cookies look so fat :D, but they are extremely cute!

    • chef mimi December 13, 2020 at 6:26 AM - Reply

      I thought they were really cute, too!

  21. Marcelle December 13, 2020 at 12:30 PM - Reply

    Hey Chef Mimi! Wow, this gingerbread liqueur sounds delicious and adding the half and half gives it a nice creamy look! I enjoy creamy liqueurs. :) I would love to have a taste of this one! Gorgeous photos in this post and that little gingerbread cookie on top is just perfect!

    • chef mimi December 13, 2020 at 12:43 PM - Reply

      Thank you so much! I love creamy liqueur drinks as well, and this one is extra tasty!

  22. David Scott Allen December 13, 2020 at 3:26 PM - Reply

    I love that you’ve had it half-and-half to this. This is what eggnog should be! Funny… Our Brandy, vodka, and rum are all the same brands. I don’t think I’ve ever had Captain Morgan rum, but I think it’s in our cabinet because we had a guest who liked it. Seems like a wonderful way to use it up.

    • chef mimi December 13, 2020 at 4:42 PM - Reply

      Indeed it is a wonderful way to use it! I didn’t know what to add to the liqueur besides half and half. Ice cream would be good, too!

  23. Cathy December 13, 2020 at 3:37 PM - Reply

    This would make an excellent present… providing I didn’t drink it all before I gave it away. LOL

    • chef mimi December 13, 2020 at 4:41 PM - Reply

      Ha! That’s a funny thought!

  24. December 14, 2020 at 2:49 AM - Reply

    Vodka, brandy AND spiced rum all in a gingerbread liqueur? So that’s three of my favourite spirits and one of my flavourite flavours? This one is a hit for me Mimi!

    • chef mimi December 14, 2020 at 6:27 AM - Reply

      Ha! So happy to oblige! Merry Christmas!

  25. Raymund December 15, 2020 at 8:52 PM - Reply

    I am speechless ! This looks stunning, very festive. Merry Christmas

    • chef mimi December 15, 2020 at 8:53 PM - Reply

      Thank you Raymond. Merry Christmas!

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