I’m a little late in my Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I was planning on some time off from blogging over Christmas to enjoy my family all being home, but never got the chance to let you know. I got sick with this flu and cold that’s going around on Christmas Eve. I was really disappointed, since I had lots planned over the holidays which seemed to all be replaced with rest, lots of NyQuil, and tv watching. I wasn’t the only one down in my family, but at least we were together. I’m feeling much better now, and wanted to share this little drink I made for a party right before I got sick and didn’t get a chance to share with you. I made the ginger syrup and used it to make some gingerbread martinis for the grown-ups and these fun gingerbread milkshakes for the kids and non-drinkers. Become a facebook follower of Life is a Party to see the Gingerbread Martini recipe -it was a real hit too! My girls really loved the milkshakes. You can also use the syrup to make gingerbread lattes at home, so there’s still time to make up a batch and enjoy it during these snowy January days and nights.
Start off with making the gingerbread syrup.
Gingerbread Syrup (adapted from sheknows.com)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 3 cloves
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of roughly chopped fresh ginger
1. Combine ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
2. Simmer for 25 mins. Strain into a bottle and let cool.
And here’s how you make the
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- 1/4-1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon gingerbread syrup
Combine in your blender and blend until smooth, serve with gingerbread cookie on the side (cut out a small slit in the dough before baking so it can fit over the rim of a glass).
It’s pretty easy and your kids will seriously think you’re a rock star -the fancy glasses impressed them too. 😉 With gingerbread milkshakes, life really is a party!