Molasses and spice put the merry in this classic treat that’s had a starring role at Christmas as an all-too-often inedible house with shredded wheat-thatched roofs and gumdrop shrubs. It’s a holiday favorite, for sure, especially in New England. In recent years, gingerbread has gained respect all over the country — not just in desserts but martinis and ‘nogs, too. Check out these restaurants serving gingerbread cocktails and desserts that even the most traditional of gingerbread gentlemen and ladies would approve with frosted icing smiles.
Gracie’s, Providence, Rhode Island
Baby, it’s cold outside. High fives for the Hand Warmer, a hot gingerbread-inspired cocktail that’s made with Frangelico Art of the Age ‘Snap’, steamed cinnamon-honey milk, and chai bitters. [Photo by JWessel Photography]
3800 Ocean, Palm Beach, Florida
Fudge and gingerbread go together like Rudolph and Santa — sweet shout-outs to Christmas. The Gingerbread Fudge dessert from pastry chef Brittani Szczecin is a fantasy of white chocolate chips, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and pecans.
Bar 54, New York, New York
During the holidays, the highest rooftop bar in Manhattan serves a non-alcoholic Spiced Spritzer, a gingerbread mocktail combo of ginger, cinnabark syrup, lemon juice, cranberry relish, and old-fashioned bitters (glycerin-based and non-alcoholic). The icing on the cocktail: It’s garnished with candied ginger and a cinnamon stick.
Sbraga, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Gingerbread Macaron is pastry chef Marquessa Gesualdi’s answer to “when a gingerbread house doesn’t want to sit at the kids table anymore.” It’s made with white chocolate, amaretto cream, lemon gum drops, nutmeg dulce de leche, and blood orange curd — and it behaves quite nicely if you’re seated at the chef’s counter, too.
Level 25 at Atrio, Miami, Florida
Sip a Gingerbread Martini (Boodles Gin, simple syrup, Chambord and Canton Ginger Liqueur) in the hotel’s signature bar—views of Miami and Biscayne Bay sweeten the deal. You can also order the festive martini in the Atrio restaurant here.