Rum Rum Reindeer | A Tropical Gingerbread Cocktail

Fruity, spicy, and sweet, the Rum Rum Reindeer is a tropical gingerbread cocktail full of winter holiday cheer.

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Smiling reindeer mug full of tropical gingerbread cocktail with a white background.
Overhead view of the tropical gingerbread cocktail, showing off the fresh mint, blood orange slice, and pink cocktail umbrella.

A Tropical Gingerbread Cocktail

Tropical tiki drinks are always a hit any time of the year, and I love the added kitsch of ridiculous holiday cheer. Some might think its an odd combination, but I disagree. Bright colors, fanciful mugs, outrageous garnishes – it’s a perfect match.

Christmas-themed bars pop up all over this time of year, and I was particularly impressed by Cellar 335 and their special holiday take-over last winter. The cocktail I enjoyed was one of the best I’ve ever had, and I was lucky enough to get the seasonal recipe from the incredibly talented bartender. I became obsessed with finding the adorable reindeer mug it was served in, and this year I finally found it! While not exactly like the original, my version of the Rum Rum Reindeer contains the same amounts of orange juice, coconut cream, two kinds of rum, and apple jack. A homemade gingerbread syrup gives the entire experience a warm, spicy jolt of holiday spirit. The resulting cocktail is potent, sweet, and downright delicious.

And of course, it’s named for the Beach Boys holiday classic.

Enjoy a mug of this tropical gingerbread cocktail alongside your eggnog, hot cider, and cranberry mules this season. It will be a welcome, fruity addition to your holiday home bar.

Smiling mug of tropical gingerbread cocktail cocked to one side with a wooden background draped in gold stars.

Rum Rum Reindeer Cocktail

Fruity, spicy, and sweet, the Rum Rum Reindeer is a tropical gingerbread cocktail full of winter holiday cheer.
(Adapted from a recipe developed at Cellar 335, Winter 2018)
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce gingerbread syrup
  • ½ ounce cream of coconut (preferably Coco Lopez brand)
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 – 1 ½ ounces Plantation 5-Year Aged Rum (to taste)
  • ½ ounce Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum
  • ½ ounce apple jack
  • Blood orange slice & mint leaves, for garnish


  • Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until frosty. Garnish with a slice of blood orange and a bundle of mint.
Keyword christmas, cocktail, gingerbread, rum, tropical, winter
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2 thoughts on “Rum Rum Reindeer | A Tropical Gingerbread Cocktail

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a Christmas tiki cocktail all season and this was the first one I actually loved. I didn’t have gingerbread syrup but I subbed velvet falernum which is very close and it’s delicious.

    Also subbed Smith and Cross for Wray and Nephew, still tasted great.

    Merry Christmas!!

  2. Just made this and enjoying my first mug of it. Really love it. Tastes like the holidays without being totally reliant on the spices like so many others are. Highly recommend!!

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