The Gingerbread Latte is one of my favorites from Starbucks. The blend of rich espresso, steamed milk, and gingerbread is like magic to me. This Christmas coffee drink is like a warm hug during the festive season.
Sadly, they pulled it off the menu back in 2020. I was genuinely heartbroken. Besides the Eggnog, Gingerbread Latte is my traditional Christmas drink. So, this year, I decided to recreate it at home.
The recipe for Gingerbread Latte is not as hard as I thought. I added whipped cream on top, garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon or crushed gingerbread crumbs for an extra touch of sweetness and texture.
I struggled a little bit when making froth just right. If you don’t have a milk frother, you can heat the milk on the stove and whisk it vigorously to create some froth. Just be careful not to let it boil. The key is to have the milk hot enough to froth but not so hot that it scalds. I failed a couple of times before finding the sweet spot.
This Christmas latte is the perfect drink to sip on while you cozy up by the fireplace or take a stroll through a winter wonderland. Here is how to make Gingerbread Latte for the winter season:
For Gingerbread Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For Gingerbread Latte
- 2 cup strong brewed coffee or 4 shots of espresso
- 1 cup milk any type you prefer
- Whipped cream optional
- Ground cinnamon or crushed gingerbread crumbs for garnish
Make Gingerbread Syrup
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine water and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Add molasses, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
- Once simmering, reduce heat to low and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Allow the syrup to cool.
Make Gingerbread Latte
- Brew your favorite coffee or make 4 shots of espresso.
- In a saucepan, heat the milk until it’s warm but not boiling. You can also use a milk frother for a creamier texture.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the prepared gingerbread syrup to each cup of brewed coffee or 2 shots of espresso. Pour the warm milk over the coffee/espresso and gingerbread syrup mixture. Add a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of each latte.
- Sprinkle ground cinnamon or crushed gingerbread crumbs over the whipped cream for a festive touch.
- Stir gently and savor the warm
Your holiday latte flavor is ready! Grab a cozy blanket, find a comfortable spot, and savor each sip of this delightful holiday treat. If you want some interesting twists, you can use Chai Latte to make a Gingerbread Chai Latte, instead of the typical latte from espresso.