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The Ginger Snap – A Scotch Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A perfect sipping ginger cocktail for any time of year, it’s just like a gingersnap cookie!


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, which go so well with the ginger liquor. One cookie we always love is the ginger snap, a cookie full dark sugars and spice. They have a nice bite of ginger, and in our house always found on our holiday cookie tray.


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Scotch Whiskey Cocktail

Wanting a cocktail to be served alongside the cookies on a holiday cookie tray, we came up with The Ginger Snap Cocktail.

The Ginger Snap cocktail in cocktail coupe on wood plate. Jigger and flowers in background

Like the gingersnap cookie, we wanted a drink that would be full of dark deep sweetness. We also wanted spice and just enough bite to be complex. We started out with Monkey Shoulder Scotch, a nice blended scotch full of toasted malt and winter spices. Also with 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, if you find a good one like Monkey Shoulder. You can make some scotch whisky cocktails that really knock it out of the park.

The Ginger Snap cocktail in cocktail coupe with lemon peel. JIgger and flowers on wood plate

What Ingredients are Needed for the Ginger Snap Cocktail?

  • Lemon Juice
  • Ginger Liqueur
  • Amaro
  • Scotch
  • Amaretto


Our Ginger Snap Cocktail needed a big burst of spice, so we used a healthy dose of Amaro di Angostura. Amaro is 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.

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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 started coming to life. A bit of amaretto added a nutty quality and sweetness that we didn’t need to add any sweetener to this drink.

The Ginger Snap cocktail in cocktail coupe with lemon peel. Jigger and flowers in background

Coupes (not like these, they are vintage) / Mixing Glass / jigger

Any drink that is supposed to emulate a ginger snap cookie better have a hit of ginger, right?! So then we added the finishing touch to the Ginger Snap cocktail by using some ginger liqueur. The ginger liqueur brings a strong spicy bite and brings out the warm spice notes of the amaro and the scotch. This gives 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! Also make sure to check out our Holiday Ginger Flip!




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The Ginger Snap - A Scotch Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A Scotch, ginger and amaretto cocktail.


Ginger Snap Cocktail

  • 1 oz Scotch
  • .50 oz Amaretto
  • .75 oz Amaro di Angostura
  • .25 oz ginger liqueur
  • 2 dashes lemon juice


Add all ingredients into a mixing glass.

Add ice. Stir until chilled.

Strain into cocktail coupe.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 11.2gFiber: 0gSugar: 22.6gProtein: 0g

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Sunday 13th of November 2016

This looks so good! perfect for a holiday party.


Sunday 13th of November 2016

This sounds fabulous! I'll have to make it for the holidays!

Ananda Qianyu

Friday 11th of November 2016

this sounds really good! perfect for the winter and holiday season!

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Friday 11th of November 2016

Cookie in a cocktail? I love it! This sounds so good! Love the sound of the liqueur you used, too!


Friday 11th of November 2016

I love scotch and gingersnaps and this seriously sounds so good! Perfect for the season!

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