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Gingerbread Old Fashioned

Let’s toast to this jolly season with a gingerbread old fashioned! Full of warming, cozy spices from a homemade gingerbread simple syrup, this Christmas bourbon cocktail is perfect for serving a crowd at your holiday party or sipping on a quiet night by the fireplace.
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Steeping Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 192kcal


  • Small saucepan
  • Fine-mesh sieve or strainer
  • Old fashioned glass
  • Jigger or small measuring cup
  • Bar spoon


Gingerbread Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh ginger peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • cup packed dark brown sugar
  • cup unsulphured molasses not the blackstrap variety
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Gingerbread Old Fashioned

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ¼ ounce gingerbread simple syrup about 1 teaspoon
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 large ice cube
  • Orange twist for garnish, optional
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish, optional


Gingerbread Simple Syrup

  • In a small saucepan, add the water, ginger, dark brown sugar, molasses, orange zest, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Stir to combine. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Stir every so often to help dissolve the sugar.
  • When the mixture boils and the sugar dissolves, turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Allow to steep for at least 15 minutes. 
  • Strain the syrup to separate the solids. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Gingerbread Old Fashioned

  • In an old fashioned glass, add the bourbon, gingerbread simple syrup and orange bitters. Stir to combine.
  • Add one large ice cube. Stir about 15-20 times to chill and just slightly dilute the mixture.
  • If desired, garnish with an orange twist and cinnamon stick. Enjoy!



When making one gingerbread old fashioned at a time, prepare it directly in the glass. To prepare multiple old fashioned cocktails at a time, however, a mixing glass is traditional, or you could even use a pitcher for serving a large crowd. For a 12-serving batch, use 3 cups bourbon, ¼ cup gingerbread simple syrup, ⅓ cup water (to account for dilution) and ¾ ounce bitters. Stir together and store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • As long as you keep the simple syrup stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it should last for several weeks.
  • While one large ice cube is recommended for best results, you can substitute standard-size ice cubes if need be. Just know you’ll get more dilution.
  • An old fashioned isn't very sweet, so we only need a small amount of simple syrup. But you can always add more simple syrup to suit your taste.
  • Don’t feel like you need to spend a fortune on your bourbon. A high-quality, mid-range bourbon, such as Makers Mark, Four Roses or Buffalo Trace, is perfect for this Christmas old fashioned.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 88mg | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg