The Bottom Line
- Easy cocktail ingredient for obtaining the flavor of gingerbread.
- Perfect for cocktails during holiday parties.
- Not overly sweet like some novelty liqueurs.
- Comforting sipper served on the rocks.
- Available seasonally.
- Gingerbread-flavored liqueur made with "all natural flavors" and containing "caramel color."
- Produced by Hiram Walker, Pernod Ricard, USA
- 15% alc/vol (30 proof)
- Retails for around $10/750ml bottle
Guide Review - Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
Typically skeptical of the quality and cocktail usefulness of niche cordials, I was not expecting a lot from this gingerbread[flavored liqueur but I was pleasantly surprised. This one is not overly sweet as many cordials are and the flavor is so close to the traditional Christmas gingerbread man that, especially in the aftertaste, I almost forgot it was a drink and not the food. The replication of the balance of spices and sweetness is near perfect.
I found Hiram Walker's Gingerbread Liqueur to be a great cocktail mixer and one that I'll probably keep around for holiday entertaining. Where most gingerbread-flavored cocktails require clove, cinnamon, citrus and a sweetener, this makes it so much easier as I've demonstrated in the Gingerbread Man-tini and mixing the liqueur with milk, a little vodka and maybe some Kahlua produces a really nice nightcap the company calls a Gingerbread Latte, although I prefer it on the rocks in the fashion of a White Russian.
Holds the warm aroma of sweet cinnamon and cloves from a fresh-from-the-oven batch of gingerbread cookies and a silky, slightly too sweet palate of delicate citrus and cinnamon against a sweet bread background. Cloves warm up the finish with silky cinnamon leaving a long trace of its sweet goodness.