When we start getting into the holiday season, we start getting excited because that means it is time for lots of delicious baked goods, especially cookies that use lots of baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, gloves and ginger. One cookie we always love is the ginger snap, a cookie full dark sugars and spice, with a nice bite of ginger, and in our house always found on our holiday cookie tray. Wanting a cocktail that might be fitting to be served along side of those cookies on a holiday cookie tray, we came up with The Ginger Snap Cocktail.
Like the gingersnap cookie, we wanted a drink that would be full of dark deep sweetness, spice and just enough bite to be complex. We started out with Monkey Shoulder Scotch, a nice blended scorch full of toasted malt and winter spices, delicious hints of cocoa and sweet butterscotch. While not overly peaty like some big bold single malt scotch whiskys, this scotch still has enough hints of smokey oak and peat to let you know it is scotch. Scotch is a great spirit for drinking in the cool months,and if you find a good one like Monkey Shoulder, you can make some scotch cocktails that really knock it out of the park.
Our Ginger Snap Cocktail needed a big bust of spice, so we used a healthy dose of Amaro di Angostura, a liqueur full of warm baking spices, hints of dark chocolate and sweet licorice. Amaro di Angostura is the liqueur version of the venerable Angostura bitters, and works really well in some awesome cocktails. A shot of Amaro di Angostura kind of tastes like you are drinking Christmas in a glass, so when we combined it with the warm tasty malt flavors of the scotch, the flavors really started to come to life. A bit of amaretto added a nutty quality and enough sweetness that we didn’t need to add any sweetener to this drink.
Any drink that is supposed to emulate a ginger snap cookie better have a hit of ginger, so we added the finishing touch to the Ginger Snap cocktail by using some ginger liqueur . The ginger liqueur brings a strong spicy bite which brings out the warm spice notes of the amaro and the scotch, giving the Ginger Snap just the right balance of sweet and spice. Boldly full of flavor just like its name sake cookie, the Ginger Snap packs a punch that is sure to make it a big hit at your next holiday event! Cheers!
- 1 oz Scotch
- .5 oz amaretto
- .75 oz Amaro di Angostura
- .25 oz Ginger Liqueur
- 2 dash lemon juice
- Add all ingredients into a mixing glass.
- Add ice.
- Stir until chilled.
- Strain into a cocktail coupe.