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Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

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Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

The Bottom Line

Hiram Walker produces many flavored liqueurs that fit into some unique niches and serve up a profile for numerous cocktails. You can find almost any flavor from the nuts to fruits to genuine blends meant to replicate a particular flavor. One of the seasonal blends that fits a very specific niche is the Gingerbread Liqueur. This flavor from the cordial giant is only available around the holidays and its flavor is derived from a blend of herbs and sweeteners meant to replicate one of the favorite treats of the winter season for easy, comforting cocktails.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • Available seasonally.

Description

  • 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

Liqueurs, or cordials are unique among the "spirit world" and among each other: it is rare to find two that are as closely comparable as one tequila, gin or vodka is to another of its kind. There are few liquor producers that take on the much more novel flavors and those that do often stray into exotic blends to replicate a certain flavor. Hiram Walker is one of those companies and their Gingerbread Liqueur is one such 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.

Tasting Notes:
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.

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