Best Ginger Latte Recipe: Hot and Iced Versions

A ginger latte is probably one of the coziest coffee drinks in existence. This makes this coffee drink perfect for those cold winter days surrounding the holidays.

There are two ways of making this drink. Both of them are based on a traditional caffè latte. The most popular way is to use ginger syrup. However, I don’t like it that way. I like using ground ginger. So, I just adjust the first step a bit by adding some ground ginger to my coffee grounds. But I’ll explain in a sec.

In this post, I will explain how to make a ginger latte both ways. This way you can decide which will make the cup of coffee that you like best.

Some Quick Ideas About the Ingredients

Coffee Beans

Always go for high-quality coffee. I like Starbucks’ Pike Place Roast and really recommend that you try it out.

If you do not have an espresso machine, you can use a Moka pot or AeroPress. I do not recommend using coffee that has been made with, for example, a French press or drip coffee machine. The reason is that although it is strong coffee, is not quite as concentrated. So, the end result won’t be a latte. However, if you are not going for a latte, you can use it.

Instant coffee works really well. Nescafé’s instant espresso is quite good. However, if you use it, you should use the syrup method of making a ginger latte.

What Milk to Use

I like whole milk. It works to best when making lattes because it froths best. However, the milk that you use doesn’t matter that much.

You can also try using non-dairy milk such as almond milk or soy milk.

How to Make a Ginger Latte with Syrup


  1. Coffee grounds
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1 tablespoon ginger syrup
  4. Cinnamon to sprinkle on top (optional)


  1. Pull a shot of espresso
  2. Mix the ginger syrup and espresso in a mug
  3. Froth the milk
  4. Pour the milk over the coffee-syrup mix
  5. Sprinkle some cinnamon over

How to Make a Ginger Latte with Ground Ginger


  1. Ground coffee
  2. ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. Cinnamon to sprinkle on top (optional)

Amount of Ginger

If you want a stronger ginger flavor, you can always use more ginger. This recipe can easily be made with more ginger.

However, when you are using a Moka pot, you might have to use a bit less. With my chai coffee, I realized that a Moka pot tends to extract more of the spicy flavors.


  1. Mix the ginger powder and ground coffee
  2. Pull a shot of espresso
  3. Froth the milk
  4. Pour the milk over the espresso
  5. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top

Variations on a Ginger Latte

Normal Ginger Coffee

If you like your coffee black, you can always leave out the milk. Just add some hot water instead. I guess you can call it a ginger Americano.

You could also try making it with something like a French press or drip coffee machine. Yes, I know I said that you shouldn’t, but that is for a latte. If you are not going for a latte, one of these might be a great option. Simply add the ginger syrup to the coffee or add the ground ginger to the grounds that you are going to use to make the coffee with.

Orange Ginger Latte

To spice up the latte, you can add some orange zest on top of the latte in addition or instead of the cinnamon. I also add an orange twist to make it prettier and for a stronger flavor. It is amazing, believe me.

When I make the orange version of this drink I do, however, leave out the cinnamon.

Iced Ginger Latte

You can also don’t have to go for a hot drink. Why not make an iced ginger latte?

Simply add some coffee ice cubes to the espresso (normal ones will water down your drink) and froth cold milk instead of steaming it.

You can also try using cold brew instead of espresso if you are going for an iced coffee. If you do this, I’d recommend using the syrup method.

Whipped Cream

You can also try adding some whipped cream on top of the drink. It will make the drink a bit fancier. It will definitely also make it cozier.

Other Festive Coffees

When Christmas rolls along we tend to crave certain flavors that we associate with Christmas. If that is you at this moment, or if you want the feeling of the holidays at another time of year, here are some great recipes for you to try.

Gingerbread Latte

A gingerbread latte takes a normal ginger latte to the next level with some added flavors in combination with the ginger flavor. It is the perfect drink for the holidays.

Get my gingerbread latte recipe here.

Gingerbread latte in textured off-white mug.

Peppermint Latte

Another flavor that brings the coziness of the holidays to our houses is peppermint. Throw it in a latte and you have the perfect drink to warm up your heart on those cold winter nights surrounding the holidays.

You can get my peppermint latte recipe here.

Peppermint latte with whipped cream.

White Peppermint Mocha

​Taking the peppermint flavor to the next level, this recipe includes the creamy sweetness of white mocha syrup. So, if you have a sweet tooth, this one might be the perfect drink for you.

Read my white peppermint mocha recipe here.

Peppermint white chocolate mocha in white cup.

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