The first time I ever tried a gingerbread latte, I was at my local Starbucks during the holidays, and it left me in awe. The second I got home, I started trying different recipes and adding my own twists and flavors to them to reach the most holiday-friendly drink there is.
After multiple tries, I was sure I perfected the taste. During a holiday gathering, I made lattes for the whole family, and they were all impressed by how delicious this holiday drink tasted.
Now that it’s the holiday season, nothing beats enjoying a warm cup of gingerbread-flavored latte from the comfort of your own home. For that, you just need to follow this simple gingerbread latte recipe, and you’ll wonder how you ever spent a holiday without it.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving: 1 cup of gingerbread latte
Calories: 330 Kcal
Because gingerbread is a holiday flavor, you can guess that all the ingredients I use are holiday ones as well! In fact, most of these ingredients go into the making of gingerbread cookies, so you know you’ll be getting the best Christmas drink there is.
- 2 tablespoon molasses
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- Brown sugar, to taste
- Sip Herbals Coffee Substitute or Coffee
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- A pinch of nutmeg
- Whipped cream (optional)
- A gingerbread cookie man (optional)
Gingerbread Latte Recipe
Get the Coffee Ready
First things first, you need to prepare your coffee. Using an espresso maker, make two shots of espresso or 1/2 a cup of freshly brewed coffee that holds a strong taste and smell. If you don’t have an espresso machine, just prepare your coffee as you normally would, and set it aside.
Prepare the Gingerbread Syrup
Put a medium or a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in half the amount of milk you have (1/2 cup) and mix it with your molasses, ground ginger, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Also, add in your ground nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon) and stir the whole mixture together.
Keep stirring until all the grounds and spices are well dissolved, then let it simmer until the next step is completed.
Steam and Froth the Milk
If you have an espresso machine or a small milk frother, use it to steam and froth the remaining amount of milk, which should be 1/2 cup. If not, just heat up the milk in the microwave or over the stove and whisk it well until it starts foaming.
Mix It All Together
Take your gingerbread syrup off the heat, and now you should have three things: your syrup, frothed and steamed milk, along with some coffee or two shots of espresso.
As you can probably guess, start by pouring your coffee or espresso into a large mug or a mason jar. After that, add in your gingerbread syrup and stir them well. Lastly, add in the frothed milk and stir it one last time to melt all the holiday flavors together.
While the homemade gingerbread latte itself is all done, adding some garnish could really bring your latte to a whole new level. I recommend adding some whipped cream on top (who doesn’t love whipped cream?)
Also, use the remaining 1/4 teaspoon on ground nutmeg and sprinkle it around the whipped cream. You can also sprinkle some more ground cinnamon or ginger to add a little more taste. Lastly, you can add a little bar of white chocolate or a gingerbread man on top for a holiday-friendly gingerbread latte.
Lastly, if you find it not sweet enough for your liking, you can add more brown sugar and stir it well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Just Use a Store-Bought Gingerbread Syrup?
Yes! Even though the homemade gingerbread syrup has a stronger taste because you prepare it freshly, you can still use a store-bought gingerbread-flavored syrup. It’s a lot easier and faster to prepare your gingerbread lattes using a store-bought syrup, to be honest. But it lacks the holiday spirit!
Is Gingerbread Latte Vegan?
It can be! If you’re using this recipe, you can just replace the milk with any type of vegan milk. I’ve tried almond, soy, and oat non-dairy options, and they all tasted great! Their flavor isn’t strong enough to cover the gingerbread syrup, so you’re good to go.
Also, you can skip using whipped cream or use a vegan option.
How to Steam Milk at Home
The easiest way to steam milk is by using an espresso machine. Just use the steaming wand, which will both heat it up and steam it, and you’re good to go.
If that’s not the case, you can easily steam it on your stovetop. In a pan, pour in your milk until it heats up, then whisk it with the same whisk you’d use for eggs until it starts foaming. It’s not the easiest way, but it’s worth the effort because it’ll provide your gingerbread latte with a richer taste.
You can also use a microwave to heat it up, then pour it into a mason jar. After that, make sure you close the lid tightly and start shaking it well. Keep shaking strongly until it starts foaming.
However, keep in mind that the milk will increase in volume while steaming, so make sure your jar or pan isn't filled to the brim. Actually, only fill the container about halfway to prevent spillage.
Is Gingerbread Latte Spicy?
I wouldn’t necessarily call it spicy, but it does have some spice to it due to the presence of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Yet, keep in mind that this recipe is flexible! You can use more or less than the specified amounts of spices listed here according to your liking.
Now that you know how to make your own Christmas drink at home, you can enjoy your gingerbread latte from the comfort of your couch or bed while watching some Christmas movies with your family and friends around. Here’s a quick recap of how to make this recipe in case you missed anything.
Start by preparing some espresso or strong coffee how you usually would and leave it aside. After that, mix in all the spiced and half a cup of milk into a medium pan over medium heat until everything is melted together. Add your gingerbread syrup to your coffee and mix it all well.
Lastly, prepare some steamed or frothed milk and pour it over your coffee/gingerbread syrup mixture and stir everything together.
I hope you enjoy your holiday drink as much as I do!