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Run, don’t walk for this refreshing gingerbread cocktail

Why construct a gingerbread house when you can build a gingerbread drink instead? This cocktail made with Caribbean dark rum will spice up your Christmas cocktail hour.


There are gingerbread people, and there are gingerbread cocktail people – those who you know will love a little spice in their highball. Treat your guests to this lime, rum and ginger beer number – it’s an update on the classic Dark n’ Stormy, made with fresh ginger and muddled with cinnamon for a festive twist.

How to make a gingerbread rum spritzer

Ingredients (serves 1)

10g ginger, sliced

1 cinnamon stick, broken

30ml lime juice

60ml Appleton Estate 15YO Black River Casks Rum

Ice cubes, to serve

Fever Tree Ginger Beer, to top

Lime wedge or lime zest, to serve


1. Place the sliced ginger and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker. Add the lime juice and muddle to infuse. Add the rum and ice cubes. Shake until well combined and chilled.

2. Fill a serving glass with ice and strain over the rum mixture. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge or lime zest.

Crafted in the Caribbean and destined for Christmas cocktails

From a single estate in Jamaica’s Nassau Valley founded in 1749, Appleton Estate 15YO Black River Casks Rum is named after the river that provides the limestone-filtered water used to make it. Barrel aged from a blend of copper pot and column still rums, it’s a full-bodied and festive spirit with notes of vanilla, orange peel, roasted coffee and nuts. Enjoy it neat, over ice or shaken in cocktails with a hint of spice.


Want more Christmas rum cocktail ideas? Try using Appleton Estate rum in our iced eggnog recipe.

The secret to great-tasting ginger cocktails

We’ve given this cocktail a double kick of ginger by using freshly sliced ginger along with good-quality ginger beer. Fever Tree Ginger Beer has a fresh, clean ginger flavour without being too sweet. It’s a great choice for cocktails and as a mixer for topping up dark spirits.