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24th Dec 2022

Christmas: This gingerbread inspired cocktail recipe is absolutely delish

Brb, making this cocktail.

Want to impress guests this Christmas with your cocktail skills?

Well then you’ll want to check out this amazing and indulgent cocktail recipe to kick off the festive season in style!


Loves Labours Lost is for festive spirits who enjoy the warm flavours of Christmas. The classic taste of gingerbread is the (Christmas!) star of this seasonal cocktail featuring Zacapa Rum and of course real gingerbread.

The name was inspired by Shakespeare’s quote, “An I had but one penny in the world, thou shouldst have it to buy gingerbread,” from…of course Love’s Labour’s Lost.

50ml Zacapa 23 Rum
25ml fresh lemon juice
40ml gingerbread Syrup*
20ml egg whites
*Gingerbread syrup
125g caster sugar
125g Demerara sugar
300g water
4tsp ground ginger
2tsp ground cinnamon
1/3tsp nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper

To make the gingerbread syrup, add the sugar and water to a pot and heat until sugar dissolves.

Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Then strain and bottle the syrup.

Shake all the ingredients with ice and double strain into a goblet glass. Garnish with edible bronze dust.

Created by Irish Mixologist Cal Byrne has created this new deliciously festive cocktail is easy to make and enjoy at home this Christmas.

Cal, who recently won Diageo Reserve’s World Class Bartender of the Year 2021 Ireland, is the resident mixologist and Beverage Manager at Dublin’s Café en Seine.