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Black Russian Gingerbread Cocktail (a Kahlúa cocktail)

This gingerbread cocktail is a wonderful wintery twist on the classic Black Russian. A splash of homemade gingerbread syrup perks this classic Kahlúa cocktail up beautifully. Just add a warm fire for the cosiest of nights.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Alcoholic Drink
Cuisine: Worldwide
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1
Calories: 188kcal


  • 40 ml Vanilla vodka
  • 20 ml Kahlúa liqueur or other coffee liqueur
  • 10 ml Gingerbread syrup


  • Pour all ingredients into a jug along with a large handful of ice
  • Stir briskly for 30 seconds until the drink is well mixed and ice cold
  • Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes
  • Serve as it is or garnish with cocktail cherries or a strip of orange peel if desired


  • Use plenty of ice when mixing the cocktail and when serving in the rocks glass. This drink is best served ice cold
  • The spiced gingerbread syrup can be made in advance and kept in the fridge
  • If possible chill your serving glass for 15 minutes to ensure the drink is as cold as can be at the point of serving
  • Adjust the level of syrup used in this gingerbread cocktail to suit your own taste - it's sweet enough for me, but if you prefer it a little less sweet or sweeter still that's fine with me
Ingredient Substitutions
  • Any coffee liqueur can be used in place of the Kahlúa - Tia Maria is a great second choice
  • Regular vodka works fine for this recipe
  • For an alternative, a deeply warming spin on this Kahlúa cocktail try dark rum in place of the vodka. It adds depth and mellowness to this gingerbread drink and is ideal on cold, dark evenings
  • Use alternative gingerbread syrups cautiously - they will vary in strength of flavour considerably. In some cases, you may end up having to add so much syrup to get the gingerbread flavour  to come through that the cocktail ends up too sweet


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 7mg | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg