“Run! Run! As fast as you can! But you cannot catch me. I am the Gingerbread Man!” While the Gingerbread Man story dates back to an 1875 St. Nicholas tale, gingerbread making first appeared in the 11th century Europe. After the publishing of the Brothers Grimm story Hansel and Gretel, the first gingerbread house began appearing in Germany in the early 1800s. These gingerbread houses became popular at Christmas in North America, imported during the holidays through German Pennsylvanian immigrants. The rest, as they say, is gingerbread history.
The tradition of baking gingerbread over the holiday season and decorating both gingerbread men and gingerbread houses is as engrained in Christmas as Christmas trees, stockings, and gift giving. Gingerbread houses have become so commercialized that there are gingerbread house making kits sold at grocery and department stores throughout Europe, Oceania, and North America.
When you think of Christmas, the holiday season, and what flavors go along with this time of year, gingerbread is always an immediate response. If you think you’re too old to make a gingerbread house or make gingerbread man cookies, try mixing the Gingerbread Martini. The Gingerbread Martini is the drink for the holiday season. You don’t have to run as fast as you can to get caught up in the season with the Gingerbread Martini.
What you’ll need:
- 1 ½ oz Stoli Premium Vodka
- 1 ½ oz Irish cream
- 1 oz coffee liqueur
- 1 oz gingerbread syrup
- 1 scoop softened vanilla ice cream
Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain into a martini glass. Top with whipped cream and crushed gingerbread cookie.
Enjoy and drink responsibly.