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Bombay Sapphire Gin Gingerbread Houses

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These are Bombay Sapphire Gin Gingerbread Houses.

How’s that for a tongue twister?


And how would you like 20 of them?

They have gin inside.  😉

Bombay Sapphire Gingerbread House

Each house has the ingredients for a Bombay Sapphire Gin Apple Cheer cocktail inside it.

Bombay Sapphire Apple Cheer gin cocktail.

I don’t normally do orders, but I couldn’t resist the offer for the company which my brother’s girlfriend works for, Optimum PR, on behalf of their client, Bombay Sapphire Gin, last Christmas.

Bombay Sapphire Gingerbread House above

This shot from above is dark but my old camera picked up the disco dust better in this shot. The blue candy ‘gem’ in the walkway is meant to mirror the gen in the Bombay Sapphire logo.

Wrapped Bombay Sapphire Gin Gingerbread Houses

Did you know that gin pairs well with desserts?  Well, apparently it does.  The Apple Cheer cocktail is evidently perfectly paired with butter tart squares.

Mmmmm – that’s definitely on my ‘to try’ list this season.  If you end up taste-testing before I do, I’d love to hear your feedback.




– To a saucepan, add 3 cups fresh apple juice, 8 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks and 4 large lemon zests

– Heat gently until warmed through

– Add 1 cup BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin and stir to mix, pour into heatproof cups

– Add 1 tsp maple syrup to each cup, garnish each with a cinnamon stick and a lemon wedge

* Bombay Sapphire Photo and recipe from

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  1. November 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    These houses are unbelievable! And you did so many…I can’t even imagine how you completed this project. Wow! Beautiful job…love your talent and your blog!

  2. November 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I can never bring myself to throw away old Bombay Sapphire bottles – the blue glass is so pretty! Love how you’ve used that blue in the columns and pathway. It’s stunning and so wintery!

  3. November 24, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Amazing! Your gingerbread houses put my little one to shame. You did such a fantastic job 🙂

  4. November 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow, those are amazing! I love all the little details.

  5. November 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I *love* gingerbread-housing! Very, very cute! 🙂

  6. November 25, 2009 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Those are amazing!!!!!!! wow.. just so amazing!

  7. Mireille
    November 25, 2009 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I was wondering how did you make those gingerbread houses, because they are fantastic. And I have always dreamed of making one, and these are so beautiful!!

  8. Melanie
    November 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    These are just gorgeous. It looks like the trees are a stiff buttercream icing? Did you use something to stabilize them, or are they just layers of icing?

  9. Kimberly Myers-Schuh
    November 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful…but of course you made them. Best butter tarts that I have ever tasted are from a little bakery in Huntsville called Ingoldsby’s. They freeze great and last a long time in the freezer. I am sure that they would go great with Apple Cheer Cider. Will definitely try it and let you know.

  10. November 25, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    These are stunning! I can’t even imagine how you did 20!!!!! – one would take me forever…..beautiful and elegant!! You’re truly gifted as a “candy artist”!!
    well done!!!

  11. Tracy
    November 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! Those houses are just gorgeous! I wouldn’t have made it through ONE house, let alone twenty. Ironically, my husband just came home with 1½ liter bottle of Bombay Sapphire for soloing out one of his students…so that drink will be on my Thanksgiving table tomorrow for sure Ü

  12. Diane
    November 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    OMGOSH,Marian these are just Amazing !!!!!!!

  13. November 25, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow Marian!!! unbelievable! 🙂

  14. nikki
    November 26, 2009 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    OMG Did you make these?????? they are most amazing. My kids would demolish the houses and I could take care of the gin! Well done Marian. These would make a great house warming present…… How big were they, just out of interest? and would you think of a tutorial in the future.
    P.S. Merry Christmas.

  15. Cindy
    November 26, 2009 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    WOW!!! These are so perfect and my goodness, the patience you must have! Just wonderful! Happy Holidays!!

  16. Angela East
    November 26, 2009 at 6:34 am | Permalink


  17. November 26, 2009 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    WOW! Those are amazing! It must have taken forever! Great job!

  18. Lerri from Barrie
    November 26, 2009 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Aren’t you the most clever “Baker” tee hee!

    These are fabulous Marian and I will definitely try the Gin recipe on Christmas day for our family open house. Should make the holidays go more smoothly! 🙂

  19. November 26, 2009 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    talent’s and patience pays off… beautiful creative work.

  20. Rachel
    November 26, 2009 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    This is absolutely lovely and amazing. Happy thanksgiving …

  21. November 28, 2009 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    oh my, you made 20 of them!! not only do you have a ton of talent, you are also gifted with patience! they are so beautiful! the gin apple cider sounds yummy, i have only tried brandy and cointreau apple cider before, it was very tasty. 🙂

  22. November 29, 2009 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    WOW! Those are awesome! I’m a fan of the Bombay Sapphire gin and that has to be the cutest thing I’ve EVER seen. Who did they give the houses to and did you have to build the houses around the drink ingredients??

  23. November 29, 2009 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks everyone!

    Laura C, I only know one place for sure; the Toronto Star (newspaper), and two went accross Canada – one to Calgary and one to British Columbia somewhere. Other than that I think Bombay gave them to major venues around Toronto which serve their gin.

    Yes, I figured out how big the house would have to be to fit the ingredients and planned it around that.

    My husband had the bright idea of nailing small square dowels to the board, just on the inside of each wall, so that in case the apple juice, for example, rolled a bit during transportation, it would hi the dowel, not the gingerbread wall.

  24. December 5, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    most impressive, that yummy gin reminds me of a summer day with lots of ice, lime and tonic….the houses are adorable and the blue is perfect with the snow and ice feel this time of year…

  25. marian
    May 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  26. August 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    These are really beautiful… a whole lot of work!

  27. December 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Speechless. I love gingerbread houses and these are just gorgeous…as always Marian! 😉

  28. marian
    December 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    @ Sam, @ Shelley: Thanks!

  29. December 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Love these, the colours are so wintry yet pretty. Lucky customers, I wish I was on the receiving end.
    PS> I came here via Something Sweet, doesn’t that sound nice!

    • marian
      January 6, 2015 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for visiting me here Pauline! xo

  30. Natasha
    November 8, 2014 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I love theses! How did you make the “wood” door and the clear icicles?

    • marian
      January 6, 2015 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      Hi Natasha,
      The wood door is just scored gingerbread. When the dough is unbaked, use a knife to score the door lines in. Make them fairly deep so they show up when baked, but not deep enough to cut all the way through.
      The icicles are just thicker royal icing piped with a #2 piping tip. Let the icing adhere to the house, put pressure on the piping bag and pipe a line of icing downwards… let go of the pressure and pull away. Repeat. 🙂

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